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Unit information: Civil Engineering Design 2 in 2017/18

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Unit name Civil Engineering Design 2
Unit code CENG26000
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Norman
Open unit status Not open

CENG11700 Structural Engineering 1 or equivalent



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit consists of the following elements: (i) Structural Concrete Design - to enable students to understand and use the design process for reinforced concrete elements and structures; (ii) Structural Steel Design - to enable students to gain a sound grasp of the principles of structural steelwork design; (iii) Concept Design - to enable students to gain the basic principles of concept design and apply their steel and concrete knowledge to provide creative solutions to design problems; (iv) Systems and safety – to enhance students’ design capabilities by highlighting wider systems issues through failure case studies.

The concrete and steel syllabus is delivered in the context of realistic multi-storey buildings incorporating common beam, column and slab arrangements.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students will:

1. have an awareness of the design process from conception to detailed design and participated in the full design process

2. be able to calculate the design loads acting on a structure,

3. be able to analyse a structure to enable it to be designed,

4. be able to design a steel or concrete structure to safely carry the design loads,

5. be able to back analyse existing structures made of steel or concrete to calculate their load carrying capacity,

6. be able to consider the effects of durability and serviceability and account for this within the design of a steel or concrete structure,

7. be able to consider the health, safety and sustainability aspects of the design through design, construction, use, demolition and reuse,

8. understand, interpret and produce detailed sketches and drawings for construction in concrete and steel design,

9. be able to produce a basic concept design for a building or other civil engineering structure considering a variety of design constraints and assess the suitability of their solution

10. be able to describe generic and specific factors that have contributed to a wide range of engineering failures and to relate these factors to the design process and their ethical responsibilities as a professional engineer.

11. show understanding of how failures arise from the interplay of hard and soft systems and the consequent need for systems thinking and engineering to be applied to the engineering process.

Teaching details

Lectures 40 hours and design classes 40 hours

Assessment Details

Concrete element: Two open book class tests (1 hour and 3 hour) worth 0% & 40%; Steel element: Two open book class tests (1 hour and 3 hour) worth 0% & 40%; Day long assignment 10%; Systems & Safety assignment 10%.

Reading and References

Extracts from the Structural Eurocodes for students of structural design. British Standards PP1990:2007.

Arya C. Design of Structural Elements. 2nd Edition, Taylor and Francis, 2002.

Mosley W. H. Reinforced Concrete Design, 6th Edition, Palgrave, 2007.

Trahair N.S. et al. The Behaviour And Design Of Steel Structures to EC3, 4th Edition, Taylor and Francis, 2008.