Introduction to Civil Engineering Profession

By Prof. Ravindra Gettu, Prof. Subhadeep Banerjee   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 3664
The course introduces the civil engineering profession and the degree programme to first year students and prospective students. The different disciplines of civil engineering are briefly explained, along with the pre-requisites, scope and opportunities. Career prospects and novel/emerging areas are also presented. This should be a compulsory first course in civil engineering to present the perspective for the undergraduate students.
INTENDED AUDIENCE : 1st year civil engineering students
PREREQUISITES : High school education
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: What is Civil Engineering? Different disciplines of civil engineering. Scope and prospects. Heritage structures, architecture Week 2: Environmental Engineering. Prevention of environmental impact. Pollution, waste and water treatment Week 3: Geotechnical Engineering. Soil mechanics and foundations. Hydraulics and water resources Week 4: Construction Materials and Methods. Infrastructure Engineering. Sustainability. Week 5: Structural Engineering. Analysis, design and modelling Week 6: Highway Engineering. Traffic Engineering and Planning Week 7: Automation and Robotics in Construction. Water Security. Week 8: Novel areas. Career Prospects

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Instructor bio

Prof. Ravindra Gettu

IIT Madras
Prof. Ravindra Gettu is a chair professor of civil engineering at IIT Madras. He has coordinated the introductory course at IITM and given lectures at other institutes on civil engineering for more than 10 years. He has a wide range of experience in research, education and consultancy. His specific area of expertise is construction materials.

Prof. Subhadeep Banerjee

Prof. Subhadeep Banerjee is an associate professor of civil engineering at IIT Madras. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from National University of Singapore in 2010. Since 2012, he is involved in teaching various civil engineering core courses, such as Geology & Soil Mechanics, and Advanced Foundation Engineering for UG and PG students. His expertise includes seismic soil-foundation interactions, cyclic behaviour of geomaterials and finite element analysis of complex dynamic problems.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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