SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH224606
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module is designed to provide overview of types of bridges, materials used for construction, design rules, loads and design of highway bridges. Here in maintenance of highway bridges is are covered.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Introduction to Bridge Engineering: History of bridge engineering, types of bridges and materials of construction Selection of Bridge Types: Aesthetics, General Bridge Design Considerations, and Preliminary Design Load Analysis: Design Loads, Load Factors, Load Combinations, and Vehicle Loads System Analysis and Evaluation Reinforced Concrete Slab Bridge: Design of solid slab bridges, design of kerb Reinforced Concrete Girder bridge: Design of 'T' beam, Courbon's theory, Pigeard's curves Design of balanced cantilever bridges : Deck slab, main girder, design of cantilever - design of articulation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:-understand the type of bridges and materials used for construction [A1, A2, A4, A6,B2]-choose suitablebridge structure based on site condition [B1,B3, B5, B6]-design various type of bridges based on design code [C2, D1, D2, D3, D7]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will provide the theoretical concept and solving analytical problems. Lectures to teach design rules and load calculation and construction procedure of bridges. The students will be expected to study, understand and solve analytical problems. Tutorials will be provided to support students learning.

Indicative Reading

Barker, R. and J. Puckett (2007), Design of Highway Bridges: An LRFD Approach, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Whitney, Charles S. (2003), Bridges of the World: Their Design and Construction, Mineola, NY: Dover Publications David J Brown (2005), Bridges: Three thousand years of defying nature ,Firefly Books Ltd Conrad Heins and Richard A. Lawrie (1984), Design of Modern Concrete Highway Bridges, John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Transferrable Skills

Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject An ability to make decisions based on site conditions

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid-term test - Unseen written 1½ Hours
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - Unseen written - 2 Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Assigtnment is Module Based Design each student is assigned individual design task