Module details for 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.

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.