Civil Engineering is an engineering profession under one name. These various professional disciplines include; Water and Wastewater Engineering, Environment Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Pavement and Traffic Engineering, Structural Engineering and Construction Management. As such, a Civil engineer is trained to perform a broad range of tasks, which include the following:
Design, plan and construct bridges, roads, buildings, aerodromes, wharves, jetties, water treatment and supply systems, sewage treatment and disposal systems;
Carry out feasibility studies and ground investigations for engineering structures, design of foundations systems for bridges, buildings, wharves, roads, water and sewage treatment facilities;
Plan, control, monitor construction operations and their effects on the environment, and management of assets and resources
Since it is broad as its name, and to intensify its study, a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Science programs were offered to start the year 2016, at the Department of Civil Engineering at the PNG University of Technology. The aim is to have mastery or high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
The candidate must complete a total of 96 credit points. There has to be 24 credit points for core units, 36 credit points of specialization, 36 credit points of Research. The candidate should undertake no more than 12 credit points on Specialist units. A comprehensive examination is required after completing 48 credit points, and a Pass mark is a pre-requisite in taking CEME516: Project/Research2.
COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION GUIDELINES
These Guidelines are philosophy of the Civil Engineering Department’s policy on comprehensive examinations. This set of examinations requires the students to demonstrate an adequate background in their field of specialization. The comprehensive examination committee should have the freedom and responsibility to determine the range of material covered and the level of expertise demanded of the student.
Comprehensive “Fields” and Number of Examinations
Candidates must do two comprehensives within the following approved “fields” including mastery of relevant theory and methodology:
2 Core Subjects
2 Specialized subjects
Students may take more than one comprehensive examination in a field. Examining committees are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that where a student takes more than one examination in a field the examinations are in clearly different areas and are sufficiently comprehensive to merit the title comprehensive examinations.
Student’s Principal Supervisor and committee members should bear in mind that all comprehensive examinations must test the student’s knowledge of the relevant theory and methods (quantitative, qualitative, and/or interpretive) in that area.
The Student in consultation with the Principal Supervisor and the other members of the Committee should organize a comprehensive examination at any time after the applicant student finishes 48 credit points.
Committee will have three academic staff members appointed by the head of the Department in consultation with the Principal Supervisor. The Principal Supervisor will be the Chairperson of the Committee. The other two members would be regular faculty appointments from the Department. Once the Committee is formed, the Head of the Department should inform the Dean of Postgraduate School.
Organization and administration
Students may take comprehensives in one of three organization and administration: as a two-hour oral examination, as a six-hour written examination, or as a take-home examination with oral defense.
The examination should last about two hours. There can be as many rounds of questioning as the committee deems appropriate. The entire proceedings must be recorded.
There must be an agreed upon reading list, negotiated between the student and the committee, in no case containing more than 50 items.
The examination will take the form of two three-hour sessions - one in the morning, one in the afternoon – with a one-hour break between sessions. Separate sets of questions will be handed out for the morning and the afternoon sessions, with the answer booklets being collected after each session.The reading list, negotiated between the student and the committee, may in no case contain more than 50 items.Normally students would be required to answer four or five questions in each of the two sessions.
Take-home examination with oral defense
The comprehensive must take the form of a set of questions rather than a literature review. The student should be informed of the reading list and in no case containing more than 50 items.The Committee members should determine the date for the return of the completed examination. Failure to submit within this time frame constitutes a failure of the examination. The oral defense must take place on an agreed upon date no more than 30 days later. The oral examination does not involve a presentation by the student. Normally the oral defense would not last more than two hours.
Notification of Intent to Take a Comprehensive
Application for comprehensive examination is required at the end of completing the first year of study in the Masters program. The application form is available at the Department of Civil Engineering or at the office of the Dean of Postgraduate School of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology. Application is confirmed upon payment of a registration fee of K200.
The Head of the Department on the written advice of the Chair of the Committee of the student who plans to take an oral or sit-down examination must notify the Postgraduate School in writing of their intention to do so at least one month prior to the examination date.
In the case of the take-home examination with oral defense, the student and committee agree upon a date that the questions will be given to the student of which notice should be at least one month. It is the responsibility of the chair of the examining committee to inform the Postgraduate School in writing that a comprehensive has begun. This letter will have to be copied to the Head of the Department.
The notification must indicate the membership of the committee, the field/area of the examination, the name of the student, the date the examination questions were given to the student and the date set for submission of the completed set of answers.
Six-hour written examination
A member of the examination committee must preside over the administration of a written exam. She/he ensures that suitable space is provided and that all examination materials are provided. He/she must remain in the Department for the duration of the examination in case any questions or problems should arise. This responsibility may be shared with another member of the examining committee but may not be downloaded to a staff member.
The Principal Supervisor will be responsible for the conduct of the orals (e.g. the number of rounds of questions) and for recording the proceedings.
Reporting of Results
All comprehensive examinations are to be graded on a pass/fail basis.
The student will leave the examination room. Members of the examination committee will discuss the verdict (preferably immediately, but within 72 hours in any case) and inform the Postgraduate School in writing of their decision. If no consensus can be reached, then two favorable evaluations out of three are considered a pass. The chair of the committee should then (1) inform the candidate of the result; and then (2) inform the Postgraduate School in writing of the results. In the event two of three examiners fail the student, then the Dean Postgraduate School (or his/her delegate) will convene a meeting of the examining committee to review the decision. Members of the examination committee may change their decision at the meeting.
Each of the three examiners will independently assign a grade (pass or fail) and provide written feedback on each answer, as well as a grade for the entire examination. These assessments (grades and comments) will be signed; i.e. not anonymous. In the case of passing answers, the feedback may be quite brief.
These comments and results will be transmitted in writing by the Chair of the Committee to the Head of the Department to communicate to the Dean of Postgraduate School within three weeks of the date the examination. Overall passing grades from two of the three examiners constitute a passing grade on the examination.
In the event that two of three of the examiners submit overall failing grades for a student, the Dean of Postgraduate School (or his/her designate) will convene a meeting of the examining committee to review the decision. Members of the examination committee may change their decision at this meeting.
As soon as possible after the committee members submitted their assessments to the Postgraduate School through the Head of the Department (normally within a week), she/he will inform the student in writing of the result of the examination. This includes a copy of the examiners' written comments.
Take-home examination with oral defense
The examination committee decides at the end of the oral defense whether or not the written answers and the oral defense constituted a pass or fail. There are no rewrites or revisions. If the examination committee cannot come to a consensus on whether the exam is a pass or fail, then they must vote. Two votes in favor constitute a pass.
APPEALS AND RETAKES
Students may appeal their grades on procedural grounds according to the University Rules.
A student has two chances to retake a failed comprehensive examination. They must take the examination in the same field, the same area, and same examining committee. A student can retake the second time but with different field taken from the first retake exam. In case the students failed for the second time, the Principal Supervisor may recommend to the Head of the Department for the offer of a Postgraduate Diploma.
Any retake of a failed comprehensive examination must be completed within 12 months of the notification. If registration is interrupted (e.g., if student changes to inactive status), the one-year time period will be based on total months of regular registration from the original notification that the student failed the comprehensive exam.
Face to face and distance mode. 66 hours face to face/online lecture, 30 hours Residential/laboratory
The Civil Engineering Department is housed in four main buildings containing research laboratories, a separate workshop and a field laboratory. These research laboratories are:
Concrete Laboratory, and
Field Laboratory (CRI-Yalu Site):
Cement Testing Laboratory
Concrete Test Laboratory
With the Memorandum of Understanding finalized in the year 2014 with the China Railway International Group (PNG) Co. Ltd, contracting the four-lane road project from Nadzab Airport to Lae, extended the Department’s laboratory research facilities.
The department also operates a laboratory to serve industry. The laboratory calibrates mechanical equipment such as testing machines, pressure and force measuring devices and torque wrenches. It also offers a comprehensive range of material testing for soils, concrete and metals.
The research subjects being investigated in the Department include Concrete innovations, Material Resources, Cable Stayed Bridges, Steel Structures, Timber Structures, Sewage Lagoons, Roads Pavement Materials, Earthquake Resistant Structures, Soil Properties, Disaster Research, Accident Analysis, Pavement Design, Cost-Benefit Criteria for Developing countries, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation and Waste Management.