SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H225179
Module Leader Jill Sutcliffe
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Structural Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics) or equivalent HN units

Summary of Content

This module is designed to provide a good depth of knowledge in the basic concepts of structural engineering. An introduction to the design of simple structural elements will be combined with a more in-depth study of structural analysis to enhance the knowledge gained in the level 1 module, Structural Mechanics (Statics & Dynamics), or HN equivalent modules. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type" , is 58%. Work Based Assessment is 45%.


Design philosophy of structures; Basic requirements for limit state structural design, including structural resistance, serviceability and durability; Permanent, variable and accidental actions on structures; Design of simple reinforced concrete slabs, beams and short columns; Classification of structural steel members. Design of simple steel beams and short columns Calculation of deflection for beams of various materials and pin-jointed frames using unit load method. Use of influence lines on beams. Analysis of frames using moment distribution method. Bending moment envelop of a simple continuous beam.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the students should be able to:Knowledge and Understanding1. Define a design philosophy to satisfy a Client's specification;2. Interpret a Client's specified requirements to select appropriate actions include value and type in accordance with BS EN 1990 and BS EN 1991; (A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, B4, B6, B7, C1, C2, C3)Practical Application3. Justify the use of a selected simply supported reinforced concrete beam, short column and slab in accordance with BS EN 1992; (A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, B4, B6, B7, C1, C2, C3)4. Justify the use of a selected simply supported steel beam and short column in accordance with BS EN 1993; (A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3, B4, B6, B7, C1, C2, C3)5. Analyse a continuous beam and fixed connection frame using moment distribution method; (A1, A2, B1, B2)Generic Cognitive Skills6. Determine deformation of simple beams using unit load method; (A1, A2, B1, B2)7. Determine the deformation of a plane frame using the unit load method; (A1, A2, B1, B2)8. Apply the concept of influence lines to determine location and value of maximum bending and shear. (A1, A2, B1, B2)(GCU LTOs): 1.1-1.7, 2.1-2.3, 4.1-4.6, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module includes a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the programme. Work Based Learning that will complement this module will be agreed with each employer and be reflected in the Individual Apprentice Learning Plan for the year.

Indicative Reading

-284 British Standards Institution. PP 1990 Structural Eurocodes: Extracts from the Structural Eurocodes for Students of Structural Design, 3 rd Edition, 2010 (Essential). McKenzie WMC. Design of Structural Elements to Eurocodes, 2 nd Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 (Essential). McKenzie WMC. Examples in Structural Analysis, 2 nd Edition, CRC Press, 2006 (Essential). Gulvanessian H, Calgaro JA and Holicky M. Designers' Guide to EN 1990 Eurocode: Basis of Structural Design, Thomas Telford, 2002. Cobb F. Structural Engineer's Eurocode Pocket Book, 2 nd Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2012. Draycott T and Bullman P. Structural Elements Design Manual: Working with Eurocodes, 2 nd Edition, Butterworth Heinemann, 2009. Mosley WH, Hulse R and Bungey JH. Reinforced Concrete Design to Eurocode 2, 7 th Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Ghali A, Neville A and Brown TG. Structural Analysis: A Unified Classical and Matrix Approach, 6 th Edition, CRC Press, 2009. Hulse R and Cairn J. Structural Mechanics, 2 nd Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2000. -284 Hulse R and Cairn J. Structural Mechanics: Worked Examples, 1 st Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Transferrable Skills

On completing this module the student should have developed skills in: -425 Problem solving; (D1, D2, D4) -425 Report writing for laboratory work; (D1, D4) Independent learning; (E1) Teamwork when carrying out laboratory work; (E7, E8) Sourcing reference material when compiling laboratory report. (B11, B10) Mapped to SDS-GA LTOs:: 2.1-2.4, 4.1-4.6, 5.1-5.4

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 116.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 10.00 35% Conceptual design coursework week 4A
Coursework 2 n/a 45.00 35% WBL - Design of structural elements week 8A
Coursework 3 2.00 45.00 35% Class test week 12A