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CENV2028 Design 2

Module Overview

This module follows on from CENV1026 Design and Computing for Civil Engineers where students are set a series of design challenges, ranging in complexity, concept and scale. In CENV2028 students are set an engineering brief to design a full scale structure based on real client and site requirements. Students work within a group, within a proactive and competitive environment to practically apply their knowledge to develop a design that balances innovation, practicality, the client’s requirements, economy, sustainability and buildability. They will further improve their time management skills by working to tight deadlines, and communication skills through the preparation of drawings, models, reports, and design calculations. A final presentation to design tutors, fellow students and external critics from industry will demonstrate the design proposal in its entirety. Particular focus is placed upon the ability to work as an effective team and realise a coordinated and well resolved engineering system.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Desk studies and walk-over surveys
  • Applying project relevant engineering procedure and calculation
  • Utilising conceptual design processes to develop an idea
  • Managing an effective design process to refine and deliver a design proposal
  • The relevance and impact of sustainability and construction concerns on a proposed design
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify and interpret design relevant desk study information
  • Create conceptual designs that meet the client’s requirements and site constraints
  • Critically appraise design proposals
  • Propose and appraise appropriate foundation solutions
  • Select appropriate construction materials in relation to a range of project parameters and influences
  • Develop and appraise structural proposals; overall concepts and individual elements
  • Appreciate the importance of incorporating safety, buildability and sustainability in design
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Planning and organising
  • Problem analysis and problem solving
  • Decision Making
  • Communication (written, oral, technical drawing, sketching and modelling)
  • Time management.
  • Use of library, IT and other resources
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Work in a group to develop a coordinated design proposal
  • Identify and utilise existing design relevant information
  • Carry out load path analysis to assess design feasibility
  • Clearly and concisely communicate a design proposal through high-standard engineering drawings, reports and models
  • Prepare and deliver a group presentation to an audience of about 50 people


Design - Information gathering, desk studies and site analysis. - Design concept development, evolution and refinement. Structural design - Structural framing to resist wind and gravity loads. - Quantification of loads (load take-down). - Selection of structural material. - Approximate methods for member sizing. - Conceptual design of joints and connections. Foundation design - Development of a “ground model”. - Selection of geotechnical components. - Identification of limit states to EC7. - Determination of ground parameters from borehole records. Applied fluid mechanics - Wind loading. - Drag and uplift. Sustainability - Economic, social, environmental sustainability. Communication - Engineering drawing. - Report writing. - Presentation skills.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will be delivered through a combination of the following: 1. Lectures for the delivery of new material and concepts. 2. Workshop sessions for students to work in groups and develop design proposals. 3. The presentation of design proposals to invited critiques. The teaching pattern is summarised in the table below: Semester 1 - A lecture course, one single (L1) (45min) and one double (L2) (1hr 45min) lecture per week as set out below. Module Introduction (L1),Information gathering (L2) (week 1) Structural Design (L1), Foundation Design (L2) (week 2) Structural Design (L1), Structural Design (L2) (week 3) Applied Fluid Dynamics (L1), Design for sustainability (L2) (week 4) Report writing (L1), Engineering Drawing (L2) (week 5) Presentation skills (L2) (Week 11) - 12 x 4hr workshop sessions associated with design development within groups. (weeks 1-11) Workshop sessions are reserved for working on the Group Design Project within the Design Studios/Workshops. Informal consultation opportunities with staff members are provided each week mainly within this time. Some sessions may clash with other timetabled activities, groups are to arrangealternative times to meet and manage their time accordingly. Groups can use the Design Studios/ Workshops in addition to timetabled sessions, during open access times. - 1 x 4hr Final Presentation session (week 12)

Supervised time in studio/workshop48
Completion of assessment task80
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Module teaching notes. Module teaching notes for lectures provided weekly on Blackboard.

Douglas J.F., Gaslorek G., Swaffield J. and Lynne (2011). Fluid Mechanics. 

Cobb, F. (2009). Structural Engineer’s Pocket Book. 

Clayton, C.R.I. Matthews, M.C. and Simons, (1995). Site Investigation. 

Powrie, W. (2013). Soil Mechanics – Concepts and Applications. 

Simons, N. Menzies, B. (2000). A short course in foundation engineering. 

Online Resource.

Software requirements. Student version available to download for use on personal computers

Mosley, W.H., Bungey, J. and Hulse R.. Reinforced Concrete Design to Eurocode 2. 

Vale, B. (1991). Green architecture: Design for a sustainable future. 

Narayanan, R.S. Beeby, A.W. (2001). Introduction to design for civil engineers. 

Arya, C. (2009). Design of Structural Elements. 


Assessment Strategy

Group marks are awarded to students for each exercise. However, individual student marks can vary within a group should the assessors deem that there have been unequal contributions from the students within the group. All students are to complete a Group Assessment Form to comment on their and other group member’s contributions. The Design Panel in Civil and Environmental Engineering will moderate the marks. Method of repeat year - external students will complete a new design task.




MethodPercentage contribution
Design Report 20%
Group Design Project 70%
Oral presentation 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Students are expected to cover the costs associated with the printing of drawings and graphic presentations. These are typically expected to be of the order of £50 per group (typically five students per group), also depending on the quality of printing chosen.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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