Module details for Engineering Science 1


This module will provide an introduction to mathematics in the engineering context and introduce 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









Teaching and Learning Work Loads

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 30
Tutorial/Seminar 30
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 90
Independent 50
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.