SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3K225184
Module Leader Ben Zhang
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Structural Design and Analysis M2H220818

Summary of Content

From the introductory level of structural engineering covered in Level 2 modules the students will develop their structural analysis skills together with their design flair by considering some or all of the following areas of structural engineering. Pre-stressed structures, concrete, structural steel frames, 2-way spanning reinforced concrete slabs, composite steel & concrete elements, plate girders. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type" , is 58%. Work Based Assessment is 66%.


Design considerations of the proposed form of structures are compiled to ensure a satisfactory outcome for all parties involved - e.g. client, designer, contractor, services, demolition, etc. - within economic, environmental and health and safety constraints, whilst complying with the appropriate design standards. Composite structures: advantages and disadvantages of pre-stressed structures are examined including health and safety aspects of typical means adopted in industry. Structural steelwork: design consideration and the fabrication constraints are examined to detail the constituent components of plate girders. Structural concrete: design considerations including the on-site constraints to provide details for: 2-way spanning slabs; retaining walls and pad foundations. Structural Analysis: Tension coefficient method applied to three-dimensional truss structures. Matrix methods (i.e. stiffness method) applied to the analysis of framed structures, arches, plastic analysis. Introduction to FEA Principles

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Critical interpretation of case-study specification requirements to design in accordance with relevant standards a structural engineering solution. (A2, A3, A4, A7, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6)Practical Application and Communications2. Recognise the compromise of economical and environmental constraints for construction, management and demolition of the structure. (A5, B6, B7, C3, C4, C7, B12)Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others3. Integrate the specification requirements with the health and safety of those involved with the structure throughout its life. (A6, A7, B6, C5, C6)Mapped to SDS-GA LTOs: 1.1-1.7, 2.1-2.3, 4.1-4.6

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Case studies will be used extensively to assist student-centred learning and help identify the zones of the task that require explanation and/or investigation. Lectures will combine with seminars to develop knowledge and explore alternative solutions to the task under consideration. Tutorials will be provided to support student learning. Structural Engineering software will be used and encouraged throughout this module. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to student needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module. 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

- Gardner, L. & Nethercot, D. (2005) Eurocode 3: Design of Steel Structures: General Rules and Rules for Building. Thomas Telford Ltd. - Johnson, R.P. & Anderson, D. (2004) Eurocode 4: Design of Composite Steel and Concrete Structures: General Rules and Rules for Building Part 1. Thomas Telford Ltd. - Structural Analysis: A Unified Classical and Matrix Approach, 6th Edition, Ghali, Neville and Brown 2009: Taylor and Francis - Structural Elements Design Manual; Working with Eurocodes 2nd Editiion, Draycott & Bullman 2009, Elsevier - Owens, G.W. Steel Designer's Manual (6th Edition). (2005) Blackwell Scientific. Compulsory reading: BSI Structural Eurocodes PP 1990:2004 -Design of Structural Elements (2nd Edition) McKenzie, Palgrave MacMillan - Examples in Structural Analysis (2006) McKenzie

Transferrable Skills

- Effective compilation of data to form a solution to an engineering project (D2) - Application of appropriate means of analysis to enable decisions to be made (D2, D3) - Create a solution to an engineering project that is understood by all concerned at all stages of the project (D4, D5, D7) SDS GA: 1.1-1.7, 2.1-2.3, 4.1-4.6

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
CW1 n/a 66.00 35% Compilation of an individual structural engineering design of composite steel-concrete structures and structural steelwork including a method statement that includes risk assessment, economical and environmental constraints, and health & safety issues.
Exam (Dept) 01 2.00 34.00 35% Class test to assess analytical skills using the methods covered by module.2 hours.