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

Sustainability, Civil & Env Engineering

Module Leader

BOMPA Dan (Sust & CEE)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 65

Tutorial Hours: 20

Guided Learning: 40

Captured Content: 25

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


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

Alternative Assessment

As an alternative for the group work of the INTERIM and FINAL DESIGN REPORT students will be set specific individual briefs for design tasks covering the same learning outcomes.

Assessment Strategy

This module is coursework-only and has no exam. The coursework is designed for students to demonstrate their ability to address a complex design task that involves elements of structural design as well as the wider design issues including sustainability, resilience, commercial considerations, and health & safety.

Groups of students working as a team according to a realistic design brief set at the beginning of the semester. Based on this brief, and the formative feedback provided throughout the semester, the team produces two reports:

1. Interim Design Report, this is produced early in the semester and addresses the teams interpretation of the brief, their strategy in addressing the challenges posed in the brief and a comparison of conceptual design alternatives

2. Final Design Report, this is produced near  the end of the semester and presents a detailed solution ot the design problem, including structural design detail.

Additionally, each student produces an individual report. This report is based around a structural detail in the overall design, and provides detailed workings for an alternative solution from the one chosen in the final design report.

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




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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Other information

Surrey's Curriculum Framework is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities in the following areas:

Employability: The module makes students employment-ready as the lecturers are acting as customers and the students as engineers who deliver an aesthetically challenging and multidisciplinary building design during their coursework. The students are equipped with skills beyond the traditional engineering design and assessment, as they develop their interpersonal skills, they learn how to work efficiently in groups, present their calculations and drawings in a professional report, justify their design choices and convince customers about the viability of the project, its sustainability and resilience. This unique set of skills at individual, interpersonal and professional level prepares them for the work environment.

Resourcefulness & Resilience: The students will have to work both individually and in groups and learn how to deliver real-life solutions to building design problems, respond quickly to changes in customer needs and requirement and adapt to new design requirements and financial restrictions. The module fosters agile and critical thinking, embraces resilience-based design, including quantification of robustness, climate adaptation with emphasis on floods, and design for quick structural and operational recovery after disruptive events. The multidisciplinary approach of groups of students to the design of the building also bolsters collaboration and synergy to problem-solving for a more swift and resourceful response to design needs emanating from abrupt/unforeseen changes in design requirements throughout the course of the semester, e.g. loss of an engineer and working toward delivery of the project with tight deadlines.

Digital Capabilities: Students are supported to use fit-for-purpose digital capabilities and emerging tools, spanning from traditional structural analysis software, free mapping services and CAD tools to more advanced tools for design, visualisation, and communication purposes. The module material is delivered, and communications are taking place mainly through the digital platform Surrey Learn. Discussion forums are available online and the students are encouraged to use these communication and interaction pathways.


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 2025/6 academic year.