Structural Engineering 2


Structural design in reinforced concrete and in steel.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the ability to investigate and solve geotechnical and structural problems related to the built environment.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  To fully understand and evaluate the requirements, principles and procedures for the design of structural elements and systems.

2.  To understand and apply the appropriate codes of practice and industry standards/published technical literature for designing structural elements and systems.

3.  To investigate and analyse the behaviour of structural elements at ultimate collapse.

Indicative Content

1 Design Loads

Wind loading and snow loading.

2 Reinforced Concrete

Material properties, limit state design requirements, loads and partial safety factors, failure mechanism and criteria Design of structural elements including singly and doubly reinforced beams, one-way and two-way slabs, axially loaded columns, foundations and cantilever retaining walls

3 Design of Steel Structures

Material properties and grading, partial safety factors, section properties and classification, Design of beams subject to uniaxial bending, Design of columns and base plates, Design of steel connections.

4 Plastic collapse of steel structures

Plastic hinge formation, plastic moment capacity, plastic section modulus, shape factor, failure criterion, upper and lower bound theorems, plastic analysis of statically indeterminate beams and single storey, single bay portal frames.

5 Use of computer packages and design

6 Laboratory Work

Concrete lab. Safe working practices in a laboratory situation.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Delivery through lectures, tutorials, and laboratory work. Lectures are informative accompanied by the introduction to calculation techniques which are reinforced through tutorial and laboratory activities. Assessment by coursework and exam.

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.