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2014/15 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE2121 Structural and Stress Analysis

10 creditsClass Size: 190

Module manager: Dr. N. Nikitas

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2014/15


CIVE1121Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Stress Analysis

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.

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


- 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;
- Comples stresses and strains; 2D stress system, principle 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.

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 sheet5.00
Problem SheetFormative - problem sheet5.00
Problem SheetFormative - problem sheet5.00
Problem SheetFormative - problem sheet5.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

100% by examination.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/01/2015


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