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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE2150 Structural Design 1

20 creditsClass Size: 190

Module manager: Professor John Forth

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Pass at Level 1

Module replaces

CIVE2103 and CIVE2107

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To provide:
- a basic understanding of structural form in relation to reinforced concrete and steel buildings and have a knowledge of various floor systems;
- an understanding of Limit State Design Philosophy
- ability to design reinforced concrete elements (slabs, beams and columns) from first principles and structural steel elements for flexure, shear and axial loads (ULS);
- ability to check Serviceability (i.e. cracking and deflection - SLS) based on empirical rules;
- ability to design for continuity in reinforced concrete structures and connections in steel structures;
- an awareness of stability and robustness, practical issues and codes of practice.
- ability to design structures in steel and understand their structural behaviour.

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
- Intiative
- Planning and Organisation
- Professionalism
- Self Awareness
- Team Working
- Time Management
- Use Knowledge


This module builds on the fundamental principles introduced in CIVE1360.

Students are introduced to the statutory and legal requirements of building structures (via Part A of the building regulations and compliance using the Eurocode). Fundamentally important aspects of building performance are introduced such as safety (quantified through partial and global factors of safety); local and global aspects of stability and robustness. Designing for fire (and methods of achieving defined fire ratings) and durability are also covered.

In reinforced concrete design, alternative forms of floor construction are considered and designed; issues such as structural continuity and its relationship with structural form and performance are also covered in the teaching. Structural design of the major building elements of reinforced concrete buildings to meet statutory levels of in-service performance (e.g. crack and deflection control) and safety are covered.
In structural steelwork design aspects of construction such as connections, bracing to provide stability under lateral loading, flooring systems and cladding systems (accounting for building services and thermal and moisture control and connections to the framing) are all considered.

Structural design of the commonly used elements of steel framed buildings to meet statutory levels of in-service performance (e.g. vibration and deflection control) and safety are covered.

Brief comparisons are made between reinforced concrete (precast and insitu) and structural steelwork alternatives for multi-storey building design and construction.

Introduction to Eurocodes (Limit state design philosophy)
Introduction to Safety, Stability and Robustness, Practical Design and the use of Codes of Practice
- Design of Reinforced Concrete Elements
- Introduction to reinforced concrete structures, types of slabs, beams and columns
- Stress/strain properties for concrete and reinforcement
- Design for flexure including moment curvature, ductility and redistribution of bending moments
- Empirical methods for checking Serviceability (ie cracking and deflection). Design of shear reinforcement
- Design of columns for axial load and bending moment
- Structural steel: General objectives for design of steel structures;
- Introduction to Eurocodes and Eurocode 3;
- Loads on steel building frames;
- Floor and cladding systems for steel framed buildings;
- Elementary structural design: fabrication, joints, lateral bracing, collapse mechanisms and analysis;
- Elementary structural design: classification of steel sections; design and basis of capacity checks for struts and ties, trusses, restrained and unrestrained beams, columns and axial column with moments (tension/local building/LTB);
- Connection design: shear, shear and torsion connections.

Typical reading materials to support this module include:
The behaviour and design of steel structures to EC3. by Trahair, Bradford, Nethercot & Gardner
Designers' guide to EN 1993-1-1 : Eurocode 3 : design of steel structures : general rules and rules for buildings by Gardner & Nethercot
Reinforced Concrete Design: to Eurocode 2 (7th Ed.) by W.H. Mosley , J. H. Bungey and R. Hulse. Palgrave Macmillan.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours138.00
Total Contact hours62.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Problem sheets and individual consultation

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Problem Sheet2 Problem Sheets20.00
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

Resit: 100% 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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