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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module ENGI44J10: Structural Design 4

Department: Engineering

ENGI44J10: Structural Design 4

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap None.
Tied to H1KB09


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  • As specified in programme regulations.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • As specified in programme regulations.


  • This module is designed solely for students studying Department of Engineering degree programmes.
  • The module will provide graduates with advanced knowledge and understanding of structural design using a variety of materials.


  • Composite steel-concrete construction
  • Prestressed concrete
  • Design in timber and masonry to Eurocodes
  • Novel, low energy and sustainable building materials

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • An understanding of the behaviour of a range of civil engineering materials and the situations in which they might be used.
  • An appreciation of non-conventional construction materials.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to design composite steel-concrete construction bending structures, pre-stressed concrete beams and simple timber and masonry structural elements.
  • Ability to prepare design calculations for civil engineering construction.
Key Skills:
  • Capacity for independent self-learning within the bounds of professional practice.
  • Development of organisational abilities.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module content is delivered in lectures and is reinforced by problem sheets, equipping students with the required problem solving capability.
  • Students are able to make use of staff 'Tutorial Hours' to discuss any aspect of the module with teaching staff on a one-to-one basis. These are sign up sessions available for up to one hour per week per lecture course.
  • The course is also supported with a DUO forum for questions and answers.
  • The module is assessed entirely by a coursework portfolio containing design calculations in all the materials studied in the course, matching civil engineering practice. Design parameters are individual to each student.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 20 Typically 2 per week in Michaelmas Term 1 Hour 20
Tutorial Hours As required Weekly sign-up sessions Up to 1 Hour 10
Preparation and Reading 70
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Coursework 100%

Formative Assessment:


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University