SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H224860
Module Leader Ben Zhang
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Building Technology 1 - or equivalent * Please note this module is also delivered in CCEO and they should be notified of any changes to this module.

Summary of Content

Mathematics:The use of mathematics to support and underpin problems encountered in the design of structural elements. Structural analysis: The use of equilibrium / analysis techniques to statistically determine forces acting within structural elements. Adoption of design techniques to enable the design of simple structural elements in a variety of structural materials


Mathematics: Trigonometry in two and three dimensions with particular emphasis to roofs. Plane and circular measure inclluding arc length, sector area and segmental area. The calculation of irregular areas and volumes using Trapesoidal Rule, Simpson's Rule and Theoroms of Pappus. Structural Analysis: Analysis of forces; bending moments and shear force diagrams for statically determinate structures; geometric properties of sections. In depth appreciation of steel and timber design including the structural design of simply supported beams/struts; columns; struts and ties in these materials.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:-Analyse statically determinate structural systems.Design a selection of structural elements in steel and timber.Use mathematics to analyse and solve problems appropriate to and encountered in the design of structural elements.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Mathematics: Printed core notes as packages are provided enabling students to concentrate fully on the thorough explanation of the techniques and mathematical models. Structural analysis: A lecturer led explanation of all the necessary analysis and design techniques outlined in the course content. The lectures will be supplemented by use of appropriate computer packages. Tutorial sessions are programmed to allow the underpinning and consolidation of the syllabus. Surgeries are available for additional support for students who require them.

Indicative Reading

Durka F, Morgan W and Williams D T(1989), Structural Mechanics, Longman Lavan S A and Fletcher B G (1989), Students guide to Structural Design, Butterworth BSI (1986), Extracts from British Standards of Structural Design, HMSO 1986 Anya C(1994), Design of Structural Elements, Spon

Transferrable Skills

Numerical Analysis Problem Solving

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Tutorials (PT) 24.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Independent Learning (PT) 122.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Lectures (PT) 36.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Tutorials (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% End Term Test -  Unseen written examination-1½ Hours
Coursework 0.00 50.00 35% The course Consists of Quiz as formative assessment. The laboratory report (1500 words)and viva voce is considered as linked summative assessment
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% Mid Term Test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours