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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE2360 Structural Analysis 1

10 creditsClass Size: 170

Module manager: Dr. Nikolaos Nikitas

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


The module aims to help students understand the elastic behaviour of indeterminate structures (ie those structures which cannot be solved using simple statics).

At the end of the module students should be able to:
- determine the force actions in such structures using a variety of techniques;
- measure and compute the solutions to complex structural stress problems, apply failure theories in design.

Learning outcomes
Students completing this module will have gained the knowledge, understanding, skills or abilities that contribute to achieving the following ARB General Criteria for Part 1:

1. understand the constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements that apply to the design and construction of a comprehensive design project; GC1.2.
2. develop a conceptual and critical approach to architectural design that integrates and satisfies the aesthetic aspects of a building and the technical requirements of its construction and the needs of the user; GC1.3.
3. the investigation, critical appraisal and selection of alternative structural, constructional and material systems relevant to architectural design; GC8.1.
4. strategies for building construction, and ability to integrate knowledge of structural principles and construction techniques; GC8.2.
5. the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification choices.; GC8.3.

Skills outcomes
- Flexibility
- Independent Working
- Initiative
- Planning and Organisation
- Professionalism
- Self Awareness
- Team Working
- Time Management
- Use of Knowledge


This module builds on the fundamental principles covered in CIVE1360 and extends them to more complex (statically indeterminate) forms of building construction including multi-storey (in situ concrete) frames and more complex structural systems (e.g. continuous beams and slabs) rather than simple (statically determinate) structural forms. As a result students make use of more adventurous structural systems in their building designs and so have more opportunities for creative design in which the structural considerations are an integral part.

- Statical and kinematical indeterminacy;
- Flexibility and stiffness methods of analysis of indeterminate structures;
- Moment distribution method for analysis of continuous beams and no-sway frames;
- Principle of virtual work: 2D pin jointed frames and beams;
- Complex stresses and strains; 2D stress system, principal strains and stresses from experiments;
- Theory of elastic failure of brittle and ductile materials; maximum direct stress, maximum shear stress and maximum shear strain energy theories.

Typical reading materials to support this module include:
Tianjian J., Understanding and using structural concepts. CRC Press, 2016.
Kassimali, A. Structural analysis. PWS Pub., 1999.
Hibbeler, RC. Structural Analysis, Pearson, 2009, 7th Edition
Ye, JQ. Structural and stress analysis : theories, tutorials and examples. Taylor and Francis, 2008
Megson, T.H.G. Structural and stress analysis (3rd ed), Arnold. 2014
Boresi, A.P. et al Advanced Mechanics of Materials. (5th ed). Wiley
Williams, M.S & Todd, JD. Structures : theory and analysis, MacMillan, 2000.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Example Class61.006.00
Private study hours66.00
Total Contact hours34.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

30 hours - reading per lecture (20 x 1.5 hours)
16 hours - work per problem sheet (4 x 4 hours)
25 hours - revison for final exam

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

4 x problem sheets (weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Problem SheetFormative - Problem sheet10.00
Problem SheetFormative - Problem sheet10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment5 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Re-sit - online time-limited assessment

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/10/2022 14:44:31


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