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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE1360 Structural Design and Analysis

20 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Suhaila Mattar

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces

CIVE1121 - Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Stress Analysis

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module develops the fundamental principles of elastic stress and strain; elasticfailure; plasticity; plastic failure; ductility; stability; stiffness and equilibrium at anintroductory level. These are the underpinning principles used to determine and describe thebehaviour of a variety of structural and architectural forms such as building frames,trusses, arches, cable structures and beams.The behaviour of a range of structural systems is examined with regard to load transfer. Themechanical and physical properties of different construction materials used in structuralsystems is also explored to determine how such properties relate to aspects of buildingperformance such as deflection control and safety. The knowledge and understanding ofthe fundamental principles of building structure behaviour make a major contribution to thedevelopment and critical evaluation of alternative forms of construction and are fundamentally important aspects of building design. Typical reading materials for this module include:- Structural Mechanics, R. Hulse. and J.A. Cain 2nd Edition Palgrave;- Structural Mechanics - Worked Examples, R Hulse and J.A. Cain. Palgrave;- Structural and Stress Analysis, T. H. G. Megson;- Structural and Stress Analysis: Theories, Tutorials and Examples, J.Q. Ye; - Structures: Theory and Analysis, M.S.Williams and J.D. Todd. Macmillan;- Applied mechanics, 3rd Edition., J. Hannah and M.J.Hillier. Longman; - Structural Mechanics : A Revision of Structural Mechanics by W. Morgan and D.T. Williams, 5thEd. Harlow:Longman; - Understanding Structures - Analysis, Materials, Design, D. Seward - Design of Structural Elements to Eurocode ,William M C MacKenzie , 2nd Ed , Palgrave


On completion of this module students should understand the fundamental principles of mechanics and structural design, and possess the basic skills in structural and stress analysis and design that allow them to study more advanced courses in levels 2 and 3.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to understand the fundamental principles of mechanics and structural design, and possess the basic skills in structural and stress analysis and design that allow them to study more advanced courses in levels 2 and 3.

In addition, students completing this module will also have gained the knowledge, understanding, skills or abilities that contribute to achieving the following ARB General Criteria for Part 1:
• The ability to 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
• The ability to 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.
• An understanding of the investigation, critical appraisal and selection of alternative structural, constructional and material systems relevant to architectural design; GC8.1.
• An understanding of strategies for building construction, and ability to integrate knowledge of structural principles and construction techniques; GC8.2.
• An understanding of the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification choices; GC8.3.


1. Principles of structural engineering;
2. Conceptual design - load paths, structural forms and nature of loads;
3. Statics - the definition of equilibrium, forces, stresses and strains; the Mohr's circle of stress; the concept of Elasticity and plasticity; Hooke's law, and the behaviour of simple spring systems;
4. Resolution and addition of forces, analysis of pin-jointed frames;
5. Bending moments and shear forces - Gallileo's analysis of a beam, illustrated with BM and SF diagrams;
6. Centroids of area, the neutral axis and second moments area;
7. Stress and strain in bending beams;
8. Deflection of Symmetrical Section Beams. Double Integration Method. Macauley's Method;
9. Combined Bending and Axial Load. Core of a Rectangular Section;
10. Shear Stress Distribution in Symmetrical Section Beams;
11. Simple Beam design, (Rectangular and “I” Sections) : Simplified Eurocode rules. Self-weight calculation, Engineer’s Theory of Bending
12 Introduction to simple frames : Static determinacy of plane frames. Analysis, bending and deflected shape of plane frames.
13- Elastic buckling of axially loaded compression members; Euler buckling formula, slenderness ratio and radius of gyration. Behaviour of slender and short/stocky members

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours114.00
Total Contact hours86.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Study the materials and lecture notes provided (in paper or online);
- Practice the questions in the problem sheets; practice extra examples given in the example classes;
- Review the module for the self-assessed MCQs and the final exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Three items of course work will be assessed throughout the period of the module, feedbacks and solutions will be provided;
Worked examples will be provided on Minerva for students' practices and the access will be monitored;
One class test will be carried out in January as part of the coursework for providing students summative feedback on their performance.
A 3 hour examination will conclude the outcome of the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Problem SheetProblem Sheet 15.00
Problem SheetProblem Sheet 25.00
Problem SheetProblem Sheet 35.00
In-course AssessmentIn-class Test15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Resit is 100% exam.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 3 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Resit: 100% exam

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/07/2023 08:40:59


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