Engineering Science 1


Module on mathematic and structural analysis.


To provide the student with basic mathematical skills for engineering and the fundamentals of structural analysis.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate a working knowledge of selected topics from calculus, algebra, trigonometry, statistics and other branches of mathematics relevant to Civil/Structural Engineering

2.  Demonstrate the understanding of basic structural concepts

3.  Analyse simple structural elements

4.  Apply effectively appropriate quantitative tools and logical thinking to analyse and synthesize information in problem solving situations

Indicative Content

1 Mathematics

Simultaneous linear equations Vectors: addition and product Vector formulation: force and moment Equivalent systems Centre of area, mass and gravity 2nd moment of area Functions and graphs including exponential and logarithmic functions Basic Trigonometry: trigonometric functions, ratios, similar triangles Basic Statistics: statistical functions and their significance

2 Structures

Quantities and units Structural Concepts: structural elements, actions [Loads] and their effects, elastic vs plastic behaviour Forces and Moments: resolution and composition, coplanar concurrent and non-concurrent force systems, resultant and equilibrant, Laws of Triangle and Polygon of forces; Moment of a force, Static Equilibrium Statically Determinate Trusses, Beams and Frames: supports, loads & reactions, requirements of static equilibrium, shear force & bending moment diagrams









Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment


Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 30
Tutorial/Seminar 30
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 90
Independent 50

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.