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 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 including recycled aggregates, 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 including appreciation of the potential re-use applications.

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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 30
Tutorial/Seminar 30
Practical Activity 36
Assessment 90
Independent 14
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.


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