Module code: ENGM041

Module Overview

Reinforced concrete design is taught to different levels and to different codes in Universities worldwide and those entering the MSc at the University of Surrey have a variety of backgrounds.  The course is obviously based on the Eurocodes and includes the role of the designer in building construction, health and safety and sustainability issues, and challenges students to develop conceptual ideas on a design rather than just delivering a design from a drawing.  The module includes the design of simple elements and then considers, flat slab design including punching shear, slender column design, shear wall design etc.  External lecturers deliver on concrete sustainability and other topics.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

SAGASETA Juan (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H210

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A basic knowledge of structural analysis to FHEQ Level 6;  some experience of designing simple reinforced concrete sections and elements to satisfy both serviceability and limit state code requirements.

Module content

  • Code requirements for fire safety, robustness, stability and durability

  • Structural forms and layout of low and high-rise reinforced concrete buildings

  • Braced and un-braced frames.  Analysis of shear walls.

  • Load combinations and load patterns.  Moment distribution and re-distribution.

  • Design for Flexure, shear, deflection and crack control in beams and slabs.

  • Design of flat slabs including for punching shear.

  • Design of short and slender columns

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 25
Examination EXAM 2 HOURS 75

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate a variety of aspects of reinforced concrete design although not all elements may be included every year.  In particular conceptual design, building stability, health & safety aspects and element design are included.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Examination (2 hour)  [Learning outcomes assessed 1,  3, 4, 5

Design Report [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l  

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment is through a series self assessment exercises provided on Surrey learn.  Feedback is via a discussion board.

Module aims

  • Develop conceptual design in reinforced concrete design
  • Enhance student understanding of the health and safety aspects associated with the design and construction of reinforced concrete structures
  • Provide students with the ability to use the methods of analysis and design of reinforced concrete building elements in accordance with BS EN 1992 and associated European codes.  In particular flat slabs, slender columns and shear walls are included
  • Provide an understanding of the overall stability requirements of reinforced concrete buildings in accordance with BS EN 1992 and associated European codes
  • Provide an understanding of the serviceability requirements of Concrete buildings

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Formulate conceptual designs KCT
002 Apply Health and Safety legislation to the design of concrete structures. KCT
003 Design and detail concrete elements including flat slabs including for punching shear, slender columns and shear walls.  KCT
004 Apply moment redistribution to beams and slabs KCT
005 Design for serviceability to limit crack widths and deflections in building components KCT
006 Oral and written communication T
007 Synthesis of data T
008 Graphical presentation of data T
009 3D spatial awareness T
010 Use of sketching and engineering drafting (inc. CAD) 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 Reviewing, assessing and critical thinking T
016 Teamwork and leadership T
017 Time management T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Methods of Teaching / Learning

22 hours lectures, 11 hours tutorial/question classes/self-assessment questions, 38 hours assignment work, 2 hours examination and 77 hours independent learning.

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


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Structural Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Bridge Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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 2020/1 academic year.