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CENV3056 Structural Engineering

Module Overview

This module aims to provide a detailed understanding and practical application of methods of structural analysis and design to approved codes of practice relevant to typical steel and concrete framed structures. This module will build on the content of Part 2 CENV2024: Structural Design and Materials to cover the conceptualisation and detailed design of beams, columns, slabs and connections in reinforced concrete and steel incorporating limit state principles.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • A broad knowledge of contributory factors that may influence structural design and construction e.g. sustainability,
  • Maintenance and repair techniques
  • Analysis and design of reinforced concrete and steel structures using limit state theory
  • Analysis and design techniques for steel and reinforced concrete framed buildings and bridges
  • Conceptual choice and preliminary sizing of key elements for structural designs
  • he behaviour and design of structural connections and the role of load paths
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of bounds and limitations
  • Analyse structural behaviour and performance
  • Solve problems in structural engineering
  • Compare a range of options for solution of a structural problem
  • Derive structural component capacities
  • Justify the structural integrity proposed
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Written communication
  • Manage and organise time
  • Problem solving
  • Learn independently
  • Analyse complex engineering systems
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Design a structural solution to a simple or extended technical problem
  • Create design schemes for the solution of a problem
  • Integrate knowledge and information from a variety of sources to build a solution


Structural Steel • Background to Eurocodes, design philosophy • Behaviour and design of tension members • Local buckling and cross-section classification • Behaviour and design of compression members • Behaviour and design of flexural members • Beam-columns and frames design • Connection design Reinforced Concrete • Introduction to Eurocode 2 and basics of reinforced concrete (RC) design. • Behaviour and design of RC beams • Behaviour and design of RC slabs • Solid slabs and punching shear • Behaviour and design of RC columns • Reinforcement detailing Computational Modelling using SAP2000 software • Modelling structural geometry • Defining materials and structural members • Defining boundary conditions • Defining load cases and load combination • Assigning loads to joints, members and areas • Running analysis and visualising results • Additional modelling cases (running buckling analysis and modelling solid slabs)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A combination of lectures, tutorials and computer workshops.

Independent Study108
Practical classes and workshops6
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy

Repeat year method - External repeat as per referral method.


MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite/s: CENV2024 and MATH2048

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