Module details for Structural Engineering 1


A development of advanced structural analysis and design.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : An understanding of advanced structural analysis and basic structural design procedures.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Carry out advanced structural analysis.

2.  Fully understand the requirements of structural design and the principles/procedures for the design of simple structural elements and understand the underlying scientific principles

3.  Understand and apply the appropriate codes of practice and industry standards/published technical literature for designing structural elements

Indicative Content

1 Structural analysis

Compression members: modes of failure, slenderness and instability, Euler’s buckling load i.e. timber columns Basic concepts: Statically determinate vs statically indeterminate structures i.e. flexibility and stiffness methods Influence lines Symmetry

2 Structural design

Requirements of structural design, design philosophies Design requirements, loads and material strengths, partial safety factors, design process Introduction to timber column design Introduction to masonry Introduction temporary works

3 Laboratory Work

Timber beams tested to destruction and Buckling of [model] Struts

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 25
Tutorial/Seminar 25
Practical Activity 10
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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.