Structures | Abertay University



Concepts of structural design in reinforced concrete and masonry


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an ability to design simple structural elements in reinforced concrete and masonry.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Design structural elements in reinforced concrete including columns, beams, slabs, pad footings and cantilever retaining walls.

2.  Design masonry columns and walls.

3.  Prepare detailed drawings for structural elements in reinforced concrete.

Indicative Content

1 Reinforced Concrete:

Material properties; limit state design requirements; partial safety factors; protection of steel reinforcement; Failure mechanisms and criteria of RC sections : under-reinforced or over-reinforced, singly and doubly reinforced concrete beams, one way and two way spanning slabs.

2 Masonry:

Material Properties; limit state design requirements; characteristic and design strength of bricks and blocks; slenderness ratios and modification factors; stability and movement considerations.

3 Applications:

Reinforced Concrete: Design and detailing of rectangular slab panels, beam subjected to flexural loading, columns subjected to axial compression, pad footings and cantilever retaining walls; Masonry: Design of columns and walls

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 lab activities. Assessment by coursework and examination.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 25
Tutorial/Seminar 25
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 110

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 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.