Module code: ENG3183

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the complex interdisciplinary nature of the built environment.  It also reinforces and develops earlier work on structural analysis and design.  Emphasis is placed on both the synthesis and evaluation of the design process paying appropriate attention to structural stability, health and safety, environmental and sustainability demands.  Attention will be made to conceptual design, structural integrity, buildability, health and safety risk mitigation, resource efficiency and environmental considerations to inform the most sustainable outcome.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

MITOULIS Stergios (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 5

Independent Learning Hours: 105

Lecture Hours: 40

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the normal progression requirements from FHEQ Level 5 on a degree course in Civil Engineering.

Module content

Structural Design Concepts within the Built Environment

  • The interdisciplinary character of the building industry.

  • Conceptual design – structural aspects and planning.

  • The importance of environmental aspects and sustainability goals.

  • Structural forms and layout.

  • Design of steel braced frames.

  • Plastic analysis and design of single storey single/multi-bay steel portal frame structures.

  • Analysis and design of portal frames haunches and apex connections.

  • Introduction to portal frame stability, sway, snap through and robustness.

  • Structural analysis of braced and unbraced reinforced concrete frames.

  • Design of continuous reinforced concrete beams and slabs.

  • Serviceability limit state of deflection and cracking.

  • Design of slender reinforced concrete columns

  • Design of reinforced concrete flat slabs

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION - 2 HOURS 50
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT: SUBMISSION OF DESIGN 50

Alternative Assessment

Alternative instrument of assessment: Coursework related to the design report. [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). See assessment strategy for details of the design report assignment].

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the construction design process with an emphasis on health & safety aspects, sustainability issues, and the general complexity of building projects.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Examination  [Learning outcomes assessed 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] (2 hours, 50%)

  • Design Report and critique.  At the critique each student group will present three alternative project schemes to the lecturing team.  These are discussed and a final design is recommended.  This may simply be the obvious best choice, or a suggestion that aspects of the three choices are included in a hybrid final design.  In some cases a complete rethink is required as all designs are rejected.  During the critique, specific aspects required in the main design report are highlighted and discussed.  These are to include at least, a summary of the three design concepts outlined at the critique and how a final preferred choice was arrived at, structural design of named elements from the preferred option, health and safety considerations, sustainability issues, costing of the project and a construction programme.  [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l ] (55 hours, 50%)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be given in response to the critique based on the students preliminary design.  On going feedback is given in lecture classes throughout the course

Module aims

  • Help students understand the reasons for and practice of interdisciplinary work in creating the built environment with cognisance of sustainability and environmental demands.
  • Introduce students to the complexity of construction projects and to consider the concepts likely to be of significant interest to engineers in planning and design work.
  • Enhance and extend the students' understanding of the behaviour and design of steel and reinforced concrete structures.
  • Explain the importance of ensuring safety and stability during the construction of structures highlighting the importance of the Construction, Design and Management Regulations.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Interpret, challenge and understand the scope of a brief and make informed judgements based on the envelope of understanding within that brief. KCPT
002 Appraise alternative solutions to client requirements and provide advice to the client on issues of sustainability and health and safety; KCT
003 Evaluate the roles of different construction materials in a range of structures KC
004 Assess the structural response of structures to applied loading KCT
005 Design of typical single and multi-storey reinforced concrete and steelwork structures and design in other materials such as timber, masonry and glass; KCT
006 Design structural connections; prepare drawings, calculations, specifications and erection statements, including health and safety risk assessments. KCT
007 Interpret and use appropriate design codes and appreciate how they fit into legislation. KCT
008 Oral and written communication T
009 Presentation skills T
010 Synthesis of data T
011 Graphical presentation of data T
013 Use of sketching and engineering drafting (inc. CAD) T
014 Use of word processor, spread-sheet, drawing/presentation T
015 Technical report writing T
016 Information retrieval skills T
017 Independent learning skills T
018 Reviewing, assessing and critical thinking T
019 Time management T
012 3D spatial awareness T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

This module consolidates design aspects of civil engineering studied during the first two and a half years at University.  Further, it emphasises the importance of health and safety, sustainability and highlights the complexity of the design and construction process.  Advanced steel and reinforced concrete design is also taught.

The module is delivered through lectures and critiques.  The design of a building which must be sustainable and which is to be built with regard to excellent Health and Safety standards forms the basis of an assessed design report.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Reinforced and prestressed concrete lectures (20 hours)

Structural steelwork lectures (20 hours)

Presentations and critiques (5 hours)

Report writing (50 hours)

Exam and exam preparation ( 55 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
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Civil Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 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 2019/0 academic year.