Programme Details

The Diploma in Civil Engineering (Building and Construction) is designed to develop students’ knowledge and skills progressively in line with current requirements in the building and construction industry. The programme includes 12 papers of level 5 to 7 with a total of 240 credits. The programme will enable students to understand a variety of concepts, processes and procedures relevant to the building and construction industry.

This program is specifically designed to enhance learners’ knowledge and skills in building structures, construction materials theory, building conservation, earthquake engineering, construction contract administration, and project planning, scheduling, costing, execution and monitoring. The knowledge achieved through this qualification will enable graduates to select and apply appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques in order to identify engineering problems, apply an analytical approach to solve those problems to come up with engineering solutions contributing towards building structure and construction related decision making.

Programme Summary Information


Programme Title: Diploma in Civil Engineering ((Building and Construction) - Level 7

Total Credits: 240

Duration: 2 Years (Full Time) (Total 80 weeks including holidays)

Aim

This programme aims to provide students with advanced theoretical knowledge, analytical and practical skills, and in-depth understanding of technological principles, techniques and physical procedures required for employment in the civil engineering industry including building and construction. Students will acquire conceptual knowledge and practical skills in research, consultancy, planning, design, development, operation and maintenance founded on scientific principles, upon which civil engineering is based.

Graduates of this programme will also possess the advanced knowledge and skills required to select and apply appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques in order to identify engineering problems, apply an analytical approach to solve those problems to come up with engineering solutions to the various segments of the building and construction industry and service the industry needs. By producing skilled graduates, this will benefit New Zealand in dealing with the increasing demand of more professionals required to design, create and build structures efficiently.

The programme has been designed for students who have already completed a course of study in civil engineering at Level 5, or who have equivalent knowledge and skills, and wish to acquire more specialist knowledge and skills in accordance with industry requirements. It will also benefit individuals who are employed in the civil engineering industry and would like to gain further credentials that will support their career.

Contents

Compulsory papers(students must complete all of the following):

DCE500 Engineering Mathematics

DCE501 Engineering Drawing and Graphics

DCE600 Land Information Systems

DCE601 Engineering Surveys

DCE700 Advanced Structural Concrete

DCE701 Structural Systems

DCE702 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

DCE703 Timber and Steel Structures

DCE704 Multi-storey Building Design

DCE705 Building Conservation

DCE706 Construction Management and Economics

DCE707 Final Project

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a Diploma in Civil Engineering - Level 5 or equivalent knowledge and skills. If English is not their first language and for international students an overall IELTS band score of at least 6.0 is required with no band score lower than 5.5, or evidence must be provided of equivalent English language proficiency.

You can use the English language tests in the table below to meet ICA’s English language requirements. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting and the results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate.

English Language Tests

You can use the English language tests in the table below to meet the ICA’s English language requirements. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting and results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate. 

Other Test Options with Minimum Requirements 

ICA IELP Assessment 

IELTS (Academic) 

Internet-
based TOEFL (iBT) 

Paper-
based TOEFL 

Cambridge English: ESOL

NZCEL

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

City & Guilds IESOL

Overall score of 6 points and all components 5.5 or better

Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5

Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)

Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

FCE with a pass at Grade B or CAE with a score of 52

Level 5(*) with the Academic endorsement

PToE (Academic) score of 50

B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 

RPL addresses previous qualifications and relevant experience including: 

  • Cross credits
  • Assessment of prior learning
  • Credit transfers

 Maximum 50% of cross credits may be awarded through RPL and APL. Credit transefrs can be done for all the subjects already passed.The student needs to apply for cross credits at the time of admission application. Once a course of study is approved, then it will not be considered for cross credits.

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Options for cross credit

Version one of the Diploma in Civil Engineering is effective from 01 February, 2017. Version one requirements apply to all candidates enrolling for their first DCE Level-7 prescription/course to be delivered and assessed in a term or semester that starts after 09 Feb, 2017.

The following six options are available for achieving the version one maximum of six prescriptions (120 credits) by cross credit/APL:

Specified credit transfer from other qualifications

Option 1:

6 Papers (120 cr)

Option 2:

5 Papers (100 cr)

Option 3:

4 Papers (80 cr)

Option 4:

3 Papers (60 cr)

Option 5:

2 Papers (40 cr)

Option 6:

1 Paper (20 cr)

Policy: Cross credits for 6 months

Policy for six months' credits

  1. Secondary School Certificate+ Higher (Superior). Secondly, School Certificate + 3 Years diploma in Civil or equivalent&nbsp
    OR
  2. Secondary School Certificate+ 3 Years diploma in Civil or relevant, with following options
    Marks more than 70 % in all of the following subjects
    • Mathematics or equivalent
    • Engineering Surveys or equivalent
    • Foundation Engineering or equivalent
  3. Applicants with a diploma qualification and who have experience of more than or equivalent to 5 years) in respective fields of study can also be
    • cross credited for six months/ three subjects as per policy) and
    • RPL of six months/three subjects after APL on a case by case basis Of total program of study

Policy: Cross Credits for 12 months

Policy for 12 months cross credits talks about

Applicants have completed their bachelor in engineering and want to study advanced courses in accordance with the needs of the New Zealand market.