Module code: ENG1077

Module Overview

This module brings together, within a realistic case-study group project, a number of themes studied within Level 1, including structural analysis and design, feasibility and sustainability study, computer aided structural analysis and preparation of computer aided drawings (CAD). The module is based on group work on DAD (Design, Assemble and Dismantle) project based on hands-on activities using full-scale physical models and is carried out as a combination of lectures/tutorials within the semester (CAD and structural design study) followed by an intensive week at the end of the semester (feasibility study and DAD).

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

BEHNEJAD SA Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: H200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Normal entry requirements for a degree course in Civil Engineering.

Module content

Computer Aided Drawing (CAD)

Computer based 3D sketching with AutoCAD, 2D engineering drawing production using AutoCAD. This will include the use of basic commands, precision input, use of relative, absolute and polar coordinates, object snapping, selecting groups and objects, using GRIPS, editing commands and controlling drawings with use of layers, drawing templates and dimensioning.

Group work (structural design and feasibility study)

Detailed design project requiring planning of design proposals, analysis and design calculations for principal members (tension, compression and beam members) using codes of practice, a detailed group report including cost estimation, construction sequence, site selection using spatial data and GIS tools, construction health and safety, appraisal and presentation of working drawings, computer analysis, qualitative consideration of sustainability principles. Feasibility study concentrating on conceptual design, quantitative assessment of producing a sustainable design, constructional planning and health and safety issues.

Group Work – Design, Assemble and Dismantle (DAD Project)

The group participants should design the configuration of their structure using all or part of the provided full-scale structural kit consisting of prefabricated tubular steel members, as well as the required connectors. Then, they have to prepare all the documentation for the structure including technical drawings, construction requirements, assembly/dismantling plan and risk assessment to present the design to all groups. The group then exchange their design and construct (assemble/dismantle) a structure designed by another group. Finally, each group should make a short video about their experience.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework DAD PROJECT 20
Coursework CAD WORK 20

Alternative Assessment

Alternative Assessment: Alternative instrument of assessment for structural design study: Individual report Alternative instrument of assessment for feasibility study: Individual report Alternative instrument of assessment for CAD work: Portfolio of CAD drawings Alternative instrument of assessment for DAD Project: Individual report on design and construction of lattice spatial structures

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

Demonstrate the ability to use AUTOCAD for the production of appropriately dimensioned 2D engineering drawings and 3D structural models through a portfolio of CAD drawings and test.  The demonstration of sketching to explain design concepts and details will also be assessed via the drawings portfolio (LO 1)
The ability of designing a structure using available structural elements and producing all the necessary documents for their design (LO 1)
The ability to communicate with group members, as well as other groups in a professional manner (LO 9)
The understanding of practical considerations in design and the application of their theoretical knowledge in health and safety (LO 2, 6, 9)
Demonstrate the ability to propose alternative design solutions, depending on planning, constructional and design constraints, which are sustainable and conform to health and safety principles through a group portfolio and group presentations (LO’s 2,3,5,6)
Explain key parts of the codes of practice for structural design through the production of detailed design calculations for structural elements (LO 4)
Demonstrate elements of creativity using conceptual design alternatives, accompanied by criticism of their 3D structural behaviour, through a group portfolio and group presentations (LO 2,3,7)

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Structural design study: Group portfolio on the structural design of a case-study structure (e.g. building, car-park, bridge) [Learning outcomes assessed 2,4,5,7,a,d,e,f,g,h,i,l,m,n] (53 hours, 25%).
Feasibility study: Group portfolio on the feasibility study of a case-study structure [Learning outcomes assessed 2,3,5,6,7,a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,p] (63 hours). Submission deadline on the last day of the intensive week at the end of semester (63 hours, 35%).
DAD project: Group effort to design, assemble and dismantle their structure and making a 1 minute video [Learning outcome assessed 1, 2, 6, 9, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, j, m, n] (26 hours, 20%)
CAD Work: Portfolio of CAD drawings and test [Learning outcomes assessed 1,d,n]. Submission deadline in Week 10 (20 hours, 20%)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be through verbal feedback during the workshops/tutorials, commenting on the progress of students within the semester, and following the group presentations. Continuous verbal feedback will also be given throughout the group meetings and the intensive week which is closely monitored by academic staff.

Module aims

  • Introduce basic principles of engineering drawings and outline requirements related to their use
  • Introduce 2D engineering/technical drawing and 3D modelling using AutoCAD
  • Provide the ability to appraise structural and planning needs of construction projects and determine solutions to design problems
  • Provide the ability to explicitly use codes of practice for the design of simple structural steel membersĀ 
  • Familiarise students with computer aided structural analysis
  • Enrich students with concepts and considerations related to sustainable design
  • Extend knowledge of structural design methods and principles related to site layout in regard to health and safety, cost estimation and construction planning
  • Develop teamwork attributes, group management and interpersonal as well as presentation skills
  • Offer integration of Civil Engineering disciplines
  • Introduce the role of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Civil Engineering practice
  • Develop practical considerations in structural design

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Produce appropriately hand sketches and dimensioned 2D engineering drawings and develop simple 3D structural models using AutoCAD. KCPT
002 Identify and critically appraise alternative solutions to planning and design problems. CPT
003 Utilise conceptual design as a creative process. CPT
005 Prepare detailed design calculations for simple structural members (tension & compression members and beams) using design codes. KCP
006 Recognise constructional and planning constraints and implement healthy and safe construction methods. KCPT
007 Produce a sustainable design through consideration of whole-life costs, efficient use of materials,energy consumption, legal requirements and disruption. KCPT
008 Identify more complex structural forms and 3D structural behaviour. CT
010 Technical report writing T
011 Oral & written communication T
013 Use of sketching and engineering drafting (incl. CAD) T
014 Reviewing, assessing and critical thinking T
016 Ability to develop, monitor and update a plan T
017 Independent learning skills T
018 information retrieval skills T
019 time management T
020 Negotiation skills T
021 Synthesis of data T
022 Use of word processor, spreadsheet, drawing/presentation T
023 3D spatial awareness T
004 Use GIS tools and spatial data sources to compare site characteristics KCPT
009 Design an appropriate configuration for a lattice spatial structure based on the available structural components, prepare the relevant documentation for construction (assembly and dismantling) including construction procedure and risk assessment in a timely manner KPT
012 Presentation skills T
015 Teamwork and leadership T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

This module brings together different aspects of Civil Engineering, introduced to the students throughout the duration of Level 1, to be applied to a realistic design project. It runs in parallel with ENG1076 in which the students are taught the principles of structural analysis and design which they then apply to a real case structure considered as part of the group work. Furthermore, it gives the opportunity to the students to utilise their knowledge acquired in ENG1074 in terms of sustainability principles and health and safety in design and construction within the group project.

The delivery of the module starts with lectures/tutorials through which the links between ENG1076 and the group project is highlighted. This is complemented by CAD workshops/tutorials. The first part of the module involves the structural design of a realistic project (e.g. building, car-park, bridge) which is carried out through independent group work for which feedback is provided during the tutorial sessions from academic staff. It focuses on detailed structural design as well as health and safe constructional planning and detailed production of design drawings. Sustainability is considered in a qualitative manner.

The second part of the module, which involves the feasibility study of a structure, is run intensively over a one-week period at the end of the semester and is supervised and monitored by a number of academic staff. This part of the module focuses on conceptual design and more complex structural forms combined with three-dimensional behaviour. Explicit consideration of sustainability requirements is done through quantitative analysis.

Parallel to the above, the concept of lattice spatial structures is being introduced to the students during the first week as an introduction to the DAD Project. Then each group develops their ideas both independently and in the lab meeting supervised by academics, while they have access to small scale physical models, as well the actual structural elements. The groups present their design and submit the project documents in week 6 to be exchanged with other groups. Later in a second group meeting, they practice the construction and finalise the plan for the final assembly/dismantling, taking place at the end of semester. The Project will conclude with an invited lecture by professionals in the field of design and construction of spatial structures.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Workshops/tutorials on CAD (10 hours)
Tutorials on structural design using codes of practice(15 hours)
Lectures on feasibility study concepts (2 hours)
Lectures on DAD Project (5 hours)
Supervised group meetings on DAD Project (4 hours)
Independent group work and making a short video (12 hours)
Assembly/dismantling and presentation on DAD Project (5 hours)
Independent group work (structural design) including group design portfolio preparation (35 hours)
Intensive supervised group work (feasibility study) including group portfolio preparation (35 hours)
Independent learning (56 hours)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for INTEGRATED DESIGN 1 :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.