Advanced Structural Design


The aim of this module is to provide the student with the ability to investigate and solve structural problems related to the build environment.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with :an advanced ability to analyse and design structures in steel and to analyse structural systems under dynamic loading.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  To design and analyse structural elements and systems, to understand the underlying scientific principles

2.  To understand and use the appropriate codes of practise and industry standards and to analyse technical literature and other information sources and critically evaluate the outcome

3.  To understand and critically evaluate the characteristics of the materials used in analysis 

4.  To analyse complex systems out with the static slastic linear boundaries.

Indicative Content

1 Conceptual Design

Student led design tasks e.g. structural systems, basic design considerations, solution alternatives, whole life cycle

2 Design Loads

Wind Loading and Snow Loading.

3 Design and Steel Structures

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

4 Design and Connections


5 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 .

6 Introduction to Structural Dynamics

Single degree of freedom structural systems, Damping, Multiple degree of freedom structural.


Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 30
Tutorial/Seminar 30
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 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.