Module code: ENG2102

Module Overview

To introduce students to the design of reinforced concrete and structural steelwork and the code procedures associated with their design.  Further, the role of the designer in the process of building is explained.  This module is supported by laboratories, one on concrete beams, the second on steel beams.  Further, students are required to undertake coursework on concrete and steel design.     

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

IMAM Boulent (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: H210

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the progress requirements of FHEQ Level 4 on a Civil Engineering Degree Programme.

Module content

Indicative Content includes

  • Reinforced Concrete Design

    • Bending and shear in beams - types of failure, analysis and design

    • Columns – Non-slender column design using charts.

    • Reinforcement provision - types and sizes, maximum and minimum areas, cover, bar spacing.

  • Steelwork design

    • Beams – restrained and unrestrained beams, local instability, lateral-torsional buckling

    • Bolted and welded connections – basic behaviour of individual components and simple connections 

    • Detailing beams

  • The role of the Structural Designer in the construction process

    • The responsibility of the designer in managing Health and Safety

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 70

Alternative Assessment

Alternative assessment for laboratory work: coursework based on the laboratory work.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the design of and connection between basic structural elements.  Furthermore, the laboratory demonstrates visually structural behaviour and reinforces the theory learnt in the class room.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Examination [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 3]  (2 hours, 70%)

Reinforced Concrete Design Report [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 4, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, I, j, k, l] (14 hours, 12.5%)

Steel Design Report [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 3, 4, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, I, j, k, l] (14 hours, 12.5%).

Reinforced Concrete Laboratory Report.  Attendance and participation.  [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2] (2 hours, 2.5%)

Steel Laboratory Report.  Attendance and participation.  [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 3] (2 hours, 2.5%)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment is given during tutorial and some lecture sessions and is based on student progress in the design report.

Module aims

  • Introduce basic design philosophies and procedures used in the design of reinforced concrete and steel
  • Highlight the responsibility of the designer in the process of constructing buildings
  • Provide students with the ability to design basic concrete and steel elements.
  • Provide students with the ability to detail reinforced concrete elements and connect steel elements.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand the basic principles behind codified design methods KCT
002 Design, draw and provide outline details for reinforced concrete beams and columns. KCT
003 Design steel beams and steel connections. KCT
004 Appreciate the role of the designer in construction. KCT
005 Oral and written communication T
006 Synthesis of data T
007 Graphical presentation of data T
008 3D spatial awareness T
009 Use of sketching and engineering drafting (inc. CAD) T
010 Use of word processor, spread-sheet, drawing/presentation T
011 Technical report writing T
012 Information retrieval skills T
013 Independent learning skills T
014 Ability to develop, monitor and update a plan T
015 Teamwork and leadership T
016 Time management T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 113

Lecture Hours: 23

Tutorial Hours: 10

Laboratory Hours: 4

Methods of Teaching / Learning

This module consolidates structural design aspects of reinforced concrete and steel studied during the first two years at University.  Further, the importance of health and safety and sustainability in the design and construction process are discussed.

The module is delivered through lectures, tutorials and laboratories.  The design of a number of elements in concrete and steel forms part of an assessed coursework and tutorial sessions during the year are used to monitor progress and assist students.  Further, laboratories on lateral torsional buckling of a steel beam and testing of a reinforced concrete beam are undertaken and form part of the assessment. 

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Reinforced concrete lectures and tutorials (17 hours)

  • Structural steelwork lectures and tutorials (16 hours)

  • Structural steelwork laboratory (2 hours)

  • Reinforced concrete laboratory (2 Hours)

  • Design report and lab reports – presentation and writing (45 hours)

  • Exam preparation (68 hours)

Total student learning time 150 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 STRUCTURAL DESIGN 2 :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 1 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 2019/0 academic year.