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Civil Engineering Technology

Diploma
Civil Engineering Technology

Program Overview

As Western Canada’s population grows, our cities and towns are expanding.  Municipal infrastructure continues to decay, which requires more civil engineering technologists to help plan, design, build and maintain essential facilities such as our bridges, roads, dams, transit systems, airports, municipal services, industrial plants and commercial buildings.

It’s a career that requires a broad skill set and a strong commitment to excellence. The rewards include great earning potential, career advancement opportunities and a key role in projects that shape the way we live and work.

The Civil Engineering Technology program is a 27-month diploma offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus. During five academic semesters and two consecutive Co-operative Education work terms you’ll learn about bridge and road design, concrete and structural design, computer applications and modeling, drafting, hydraulics, surveying, traffic analysis and more.

Your studies focus on six main areas:

  • geotechnical (soils investigations and earthworks projects, etc.)
  • municipal infrastructure
  • pavement design
  • project management (scheduling, estimating, specifications, etc.)
  • structures (steel, timber, reinforced concrete)
  • transportation

The emphasis on hands-on learning means you’ll spend a lot of your time in labs and on field assignments. You’ll also attend survey camp and carry out applied research and other projects.

The Co-op Work Term Advantage

Co-operative work terms are paid, so you’ll earn while you learn. Saskatchewan Polytechnic arranges your interviews; it’s up to you to shine. It’s also a chance to develop important “soft skills” in job interviewing, professional attitude, interpersonal communication and more.

Nationally Recognized Credential

The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredits the program at the Engineering Technologist level, which allows you to work across Canada.

Diploma to Degree

Use your diploma to ladder into an engineering degree bridging program at Camosun College in British Columbia, an engineering degree at Lakehead University in Ontario, a degree in Construction Management in Calgary or a technology degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Saskatchewan Polytechnic graduates are working as civil engineering design technologists, traffic technologists, building inspectors, materials testing technologists, estimators and project coordinators. Potential employers include rural and municipal governments, provincial highway departments, consulting engineering firms, construction companies, research organizations, mining companies, telecommunication and transportation companies, power utilities and more.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length:

76 weeks

NOTE: Application to this program is suspended, effective July 1, 2015

See our new Civil Engineering Technologies program, with specialties in Civil Construction and Water Resources.


There are five academic semesters and two consecutive mandatory paid Co-operative Education work terms. Semesters and co-op work term time patterns are listed in Courses below.

Locations

  • Moose Jaw

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 85 Arithmetic
  • 80 Elementary Algebra
  • 40 College Level Math
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 3 - $3,600

Courses

The program follows this academic and co-operative education schedule. Courses are outlined below by semester.
  Sept - Dec Jan - Apr May - Aug
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work term 1
Year 2 Work term 2 Semester 3 May - July
Semester 4
Year 3 Semester 5     
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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DRFT 104
Sketching
2
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You will receive an introduction to the techniques and standards required to communicate graphically. The course content includes sketching of orthographic and isometric views, geometric constructions, sectional views, lettering, dimensioning and scaling as part of the drafting component.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 124
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
DRFT 105
Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
4
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You will receive an introduction to the techniques and standards required to communicate graphically. The course content includes a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) user interface, view control, 2D geometric construction and drawing aids, layers, blocks, text, paper space, model space and plotting.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 107
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
MAT 120
Mathematics for Construction Engineering Technologies
6
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You will gain a basic background in trigonometry and algebra that is needed to do problem solving in applied areas and to advance to a study of calculus. You will study measurement, computations, algebraic operations, simplifications and solutions, trigonometry, graphing, exponents and logarithms. This course is intended to meet your needs in the construction stream of engineering technologies.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 100, MAT 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
PHYS 102
Applied Physics
4
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Your studies will focus on the basic physics principles of: vectors; Newton's three laws of motion; work, energy, power, impulse and momentum; temperature, heat, and fluid mechanics.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): MECA 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
SEM 101
Technology Seminars
1
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You will receive an orientation to your program and learn where and how the technician/technologist fits into the workplace and society. You will become familiar with the role of technicians/technologists in society, study and time management skills, increasing diversity in the workplace, principles of sustainability, the impact of technology on society and workplace safety requirements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENGM 181, ETHC 183, ORTN 120, SEM 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
SRVY 120
Surveying 1
5
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You will receive an introduction to the basics of surveying. The course content includes horizontal measurements, levelling, angle and direction measurement, computations, traverses and drafting plans.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): SRVY 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
TCOM 102
Communication in Technology
3
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Your studies will focus on the basic skills required of the technologist in the workplace. You will examine the communication process and interpersonal and workplace communication techniques. The course content includes technical writing and job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 191, JOBS 190, JOBS 288, JOBS 290, TCOM 120, TCOM 140, TMGT 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Learn Linc, Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
TERR 121
Engineering Geology
5
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You will be provided with an introduction to physical geology and geomorphology. You will study the origins and classification of rocks and minerals, the geomorphological processes of erosion, water, and wind, and the landforms created by these processes. There will be an emphasis on Saskatchewan’s glaciated terrain. Labs will provide you opportunities to display spatial data and create map layouts using current GIS software, as well as an overview on map reading.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): TERR 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAMP 225
Survey Camp
6
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Using the knowledge gained in previous surveying and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) courses, you will participate in surveying exercises and perform two projects in the field. In the first project, you will use the data collected in the field to produce a topographic map of one area. In the second project, you will document, design and layout a section of roadway including a horizontal curve. You will be introduced to the application of GPS survey equipment.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): COAP 108(concurrent), SRVY 222(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): CAMP 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
COAP 108
Civil Design
3
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You will become familiar with and use standard drafting practices and symbols to produce typical civil engineering drawings using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software. You will also use the basic concepts and applications of civil design software.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 105
Corequisites(s): SRVY 222
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 176
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
CONC 120
Concrete Technology
3
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You will be introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of concrete technology. Building on the skills developed in the classroom and lab, you will perform current CSA test procedures on plastic and hardened concrete, and fine and coarse aggregates.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Equivalent Course(s): CONC 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
MAT 246
Analytical Geometry and Calculus
4
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You will study analytical geometry, graphical and numerical methods for understanding of the concepts and operations of technical calculus, and problem solving using derivatives. You will also receive an introduction to differential and integral calculus.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101 or MAT 120
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning
MEAS 106
Analytical Measurements
3
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You will learn to work safely in a laboratory and field setting. You will learn to work effectively with measurement numbers related to the collection and analysis of water, air and soil samples. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of documenting practices and procedures in support of Quality Assurance/ Quality Control (QA/QC) and due diligence.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 39.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENVR 120, MEAS 108
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SOIL 120
Soil Analysis
3
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Your studies will focus on data collection, analysis and reports for the identification, classification and determination of properties of earth materials. You will perform industry-standard test procedures on soil and aggregate. You will evaluate the methods and determine the results.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Prerequisites(s): TERR 121
Equivalent Course(s): SOIL 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
SRVY 222
Surveying
4
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Building on the skills developed in SRVY 120 (Surveying 1), you will focus on topographic surveys using Total Stations with data collection. You will be introduced to survey drawings and maps, contours, profiles and cross sections, calculating construction volumes, and calculating horizontal and vertical curves. You will also be introduced to survey control using local grids, UTM and the Western Canada Land Survey System.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 65.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101, SRVY 120
Equivalent Course(s): SRVY 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
TCOM 103
Workplace Communication
3
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Building on the skills you developed in TCOM 102 (Communication in Technology), you will apply basic research skills to create workplace documents. Your studies will focus on the workplace skills of creating effective client relations, conducting meetings and giving presentations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 102
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 181, COMM 190, TCOM 106, TCOM 123, TCOM 141, TCOM 190
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Co-operative Work Term

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COOP 101
Co-operative Work Term
0
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Your co-operative education term will provide you with the opportunity to consolidate theoretical and practical concepts learned in the classroom and gain valuable experience in a work setting.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 640.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Coop Education Work Term, Prior Learning

Year 2 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CONC 220
Concrete Technology
4
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You will learn about concrete aggregates, Portland cement, supplemental cementing materials and admixtures. You will analyze these materials through mix designs, batching and mixing of these concrete materials; as well, you will test plastic and hardened concretes. You will finish and cure concrete mixes. You will then evaluate the test results collected and apply those findings to the given design criteria.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): CONC 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HYDR 220
Hydraulics
6
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You will receive an introduction to the application of basic fluid mechanics principles (including pressure measurement, forces on submerged planes, buoyancy and stability, general energy equation and viscosity) and the fundamentals of hydrodynamics (including hydraulics of flow in pipes, flow measurement devices and pumping system design).
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 246, PHYS 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PAVE 220
Asphalt Construction
4
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You will learn how to inspect, manage and evaluate the manufacture and placement of aggregate and bituminous mix for parking lots, streets and highways.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): SOIL 120
Corequisites(s): SOIL 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SOIL 220
Soils
4
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The course provides an introduction to the physical properties, mechanics and engineering applications of soils. You will acquire the theoretical background for designing, inspecting and evaluating construction using earth materials.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): SOIL 120
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
STAT 201
Statistics for Construction Engineering Technologies
3
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Your studies will focus on the concepts and computations of statistics within the technical world in this technology statistics course. Statistical thinking and communicating will be emphasized. You will use mathematical methods and notations to gain a general understanding of statistical terminology, skills and methods. The course consists of three basic and building parts - an introduction to descriptive statistics (by organization and presentation techniques using tables and graphs), probability theory (presented as the link between descriptive and inferential statistics) and inferential statistics (by way of technical and business applications based on simple random sampling, confidence intervals, hypotheses testing and regression-correlation analysis).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 233, STAT 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
STRU 235
Applied Mechanics
3
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You will learn the basic principles of statics which is the study of the effects of forces and moments applied to various objects in static equilibrium (stationary objects). You will use the engineering problem solving approach.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 246
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
STRU 236
Mechanics of Materials
4
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You will study basic stress and strain relationships in this introductory mechanics of materials course. You will review centroids and moments of inertia (structural shapes will be emphasized), and calculate shear and bending moment in beams enabling you to draw shear force. You will also study bending moment diagrams and calculate shear stress, flexural stress and deflection at any point on a loaded beam.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 55.0
Prerequisites(s): STRU 235(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
STRU 237
Structures
3
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Your studies will focus on the various types of structures. You will learn how to read structural drawings and interpret specifications. Using the Limit States Design Method (in accordance with the National Building Code of Canada), you will also learn how to determine design loads. You will then use the design loads to calculate the loads on the various structural components.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 44.0
Prerequisites(s): STRU 235(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
HYDR 221
Hydraulics
3
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You will continue your study of flow in pipe networks, building on the knowledge gained in HYDR 220 - Hydraulics (including friction and minor head losses). You will examine open channel flow, pump selection and flow measurement techniques. The course content includes practical laboratory experiments and writing laboratory reports.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): HYDR 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MGMT 103
Construction Contracts
3
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You will be introduced to construction contracts and all of its aspects, including Canadian contract law and the contract standards (CCDC). The course provides an introduction to construction project organization and contracting. You will also be introduced to how a typical construction project is organized, awarded, managed and completed; as well as the roles and requirements of all parties involved.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 225
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
SOIL 221
Highway Materials
3
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Using previously learned laboratory skills, you will investigate, design and evaluate soil, aggregate and related materials for use in streets, highways and other earth structures.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): SOIL 220, PAVE 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
STRU 225
Structural Steel Design
4
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You will learn how to design and analyze basic structural steel members using the Limit States Design Method (in accordance with the National Building Code of Canada and the Canadian Standards Association). You will also learn the fundamental standard practices of steel detailing.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): STRU 236, STRU 237
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
STRU 231
Mechanics of Materials
3
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You will study the buckling potential of structural columns in this advanced mechanics of materials course. You will use Mohrs circle to evaluate stresses in beams and evaluate combined loading. You will also conduct laboratory tests on construction materials and analyze the data collected in the form of written laboratory reports.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 44.0
Prerequisites(s): STRU 236
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
TRAN 222
Transportation Engineering
5
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Using CAD, you will design a section of highway and produce a plan showing centerline plan and profile and mass haul diagram. Through the design process, you will study sight lines, drainage control, environmental precautions, spiral curves and superelevation, cost considerations and the interpretation and proper presentation of highway drawings.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 70.0
Prerequisites(s): CAMP 225
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
WTER 233
Water and Wastewater
3
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You will work with the parameters required to plan the design of unit operations for municipal water and wastewater facilities. You will discuss current threats to water sources. Current physical, chemical and biological treatment processes will be outlined. You will also review regulatory requirements.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
MGMT 226
Project Management
4
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Your studies will focus on the project management process. You will practice scheduling, resource allocation, estimating and bidding. You will estimate cost for a small project and prepare a project bid.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): MGMT 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
MUNI 220
Municipal Infrastructure
5
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You will become familiar with planning and designing municipal infrastructures. This includes roadway and lot layout, servicing developed areas with storm water and sanitary sewers, and potable water delivery.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): HYDR 221, COAP 108
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PAVE 222
Pavement Structures
4
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Your studies will focus on designing, constructing, evaluating and managing asphalt and Portland cement pavement structures.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): SOIL 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SOIL 222
Geotechnical Design
5
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You will learn how to test, design and evaluate municipal waste containment systems, earth and water retaining structures and soil foundation systems. To enhance design safety, you will also analyze earth failure mechanisms.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): SOIL 221
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
STRU 238
Concrete Design
3
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Using the Limit States Design Method (in accordance with the National Building code of Canada and the Canadian Standards Association), you will study the design and analysis of structural reinforced concrete components within standard industry practices. Computer applications will be introduced where appropriate.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): STRU 237
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
STRU 239
Wood Design
3
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Using the Limit States Design Method (in accordance with the National Building Code of Canada and the Canadian Standards Association), you will study the design and analysis of timber components. You will also become familiar with standard industry practices. Computer applications will be introduced where appropriate.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): STRU 237
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
TCOM 104
Applied Research in Technology
2
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You will develop a technical proposal and apply advanced research skills to a technical problem. You will use the technical problem-solving process in an applied research project and present your research findings in a written report and oral presentation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 103 or ENGL 101
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 115, COMM 182, COMM 290, TCOM 239
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
TRAN 223
Transportation Engineering
5
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You will study the basis for the highway design standards including curve lengths and stopping sight distances. You will also study traffic analysis including traffic volume counts, highway capacity analysis and intersection capacity and control.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): TRAN 222
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Additional Information

  • Application to this program is suspended effective July 1, 2015
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