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AR20442: Structural design and construction

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Concrete Design (CW 35%)
  • Steel Design (CW 35%)
  • Timber Design (CW 20%)
  • Masonry Design (CW 10%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To introduce students to the concepts of limit state design and its practical application to a variety of construction materials, including reinforced concrete, pre-stressed concrete, steel, timber and masonry. To further enable students to integrate analytical and conceptual understanding of structural action with material selection through producing creative and competent designs.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
* Demonstrate their understanding on the knowledge and the concepts of limit state design in the design procedure
* Integrating material selection in the design procedure
* Producing a design scheme to implement their analytical and conceptual understandings of structural design, explain their material selection, and analyse the benefit and/or limitation of the construction technology in the scheme.

Intellectual skills
* To understand taught material - taught
Professional/Practical skills
* Analytical and design skills related to the material covered - assessed
Transferable/key skills
* To communicate ideas verbally and in writing - assessed.

1. General part:
Design philosophies (Geometrical principles; Permissible stress; LFRD; Limit state). Codes of Practice, Standards, Euro-codes. Design loads and actions.
2. Material specific:
Reinforced and prestressed concrete - materials; singly and double reinforced beams; serviceability; Reinforced column; detailing of reinforcement; fire resistance; two way span slabs; flat slabs. derivation of losses, elastic and ultimate analysis, partial prestressing, load balancing; shear and end blocks; bursting.
Structural steel design - steel sections; materials; simple tension members; simple compression members; beam design; bolted and welded connections.
Structural timber - materials (grading, species); tension; compression; bending; connections.
Structural unreinforced masonry - materials; compression; bending; shear.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR20442 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)


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