n Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering = Joernaal van die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut van Siviele Ingenieurswese - Trends in undergraduate environmental engineering training and integration strategy for civil engineering at the University of Pretoria : technical paper




Environmental engineering and information technology (IT) are growth areas in the of civil engineering field. The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) (1998) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) (1998) require that aspects of IT and environmental engineering be included in the curricula of engineering education. This is in line with a worldwide trend in engineering education. Recent SA environmental legislation elevated the issue of environment from one of 'general awareness' to a 'legal requirement' in the fields of planning, development and civil engineering practice. The University of Pretoria (UP) has, to date, offered environmental engineering and management modules primarily as postgraduate specialist studies. The Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Agricultural and Food Processing Engineering recently merged as part of university-wide reorganisation and rationalisation of faculties and departments. The new Department of Civil and Biosystems Engineering thus formed utilised the strategic opportunity presented by the name change to investigate the extent to which environmental engineering can be accommodated as an independent undergraduate program in the restructured Civil Engineering and Agricultural and Food Processing Engineering curricula. A phased approach was chosen which included various electives in the new curricula from 2001.


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