STRUCTURAL DESIGN 2 - 2019/0

Module code: ENG2102

Module Overview

Structural design is required in many civil engineering applications, whether it is a design of a building or a bridge or another type of structure. This module, which follows on from ENG1076 Structural Design, introduces the students to the design of reinforced concrete structural elements and reinforces their steel design knowledge obtained in ENG1076 to a deeper context and more advanced applications. The behaviour of concrete and steel structural elements under different types of loading are first discussed and the structural design code procedures and philosophy to be followed for the design of reinforced concrete and steel structures are presented.      

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

N/A

Module content

The module covers design of both reinforced concrete and structural steel design.

In reinforced concrete design, the following topics are covered:


  • 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.



In structural design design, the following topics are covered:


  • Columns in multi-storey buildings

  • Beams – unrestrained beams, design for lateral-torsional buckling

  • Bolted and welded connections – basic behaviour of bolts and welds, analysis and design of simple steel connections



This module is within core subject of Structures, and the threads of Design, Sustainability, and Health and Safety Risk Management (especially in the laboratory sessions).

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Structural Design Coursework 25
Coursework Laboratory Report 5
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 70

Alternative Assessment

The alternative assessment for the laboratory reports is a report based on given observation data.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is centred on three units of assessment:


  1. The coursework tests the ability of the students the analyse, design and detail structural elements of a multi-storey building (Learning outcomes 001, 002, 003, 005)

  2. The laboratory report assesses the ability of the students to analyse data obtained from practical experiments and critically appraise it, and to effectively communicate their findings in a technical report (Learning outcomes 004 and 005)

  3. The end-of-semester examination provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of codified design of reinforced concrete and structural steel elements and connections (Learning outcomes 001, 002 and 003).



Where appropriate, tutor support comment and feedback will be given in the tutorial sessions and lectures. Students will receive written feedback on the laboratory reports and their coursework submissions.

Module aims

  • Introduce basic design philosophies and procedures used in the design of reinforced concrete and steel structural elements
  • Provide students with the ability to design basic reinforced concrete and structural steel elements of a multi-storey building
  • Provide students with the ability to detail reinforced concrete elements and analyse and design steel connections.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 Have a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles behind codified structural design methods KCT P6
002 Analyse, design, draw and provide outline details for reinforced concrete beams and columns in multi-storey buildings KCPT EA1B, EA2, EA3B, D5
003 Analyse and design steel beams, columns and simple steel connections in multi-storey buildings KCPT EA1B, EA2, EA3B, D5
004 Know how to conduct and analyse practical experiments, collect data and investigate engineering behaviour CT P2B, P3
005 Prepare technical reports that are well organised and effectively communicate all key information T D6

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 113

Lecture Hours: 25

Tutorial Hours: 10

Laboratory Hours: 2

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The module is delivered principally by lectures and supported by tutorials and laboratory classes which includes testing of a reinforced concrete beam to failure.

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 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng2102

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.