Core Module Information
Module title: Principles of Civil Engineering

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CTR07103
Module leader: Wojciech Plowas
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

Unit 1: Fundamentals of civil engineering

Unit 2: Section properties and direct stress

Unit 3: Force components and moments

Unit 4: Truss analysis – method of joints

Unit 5: Truss analysis – method of sections

Unit 6: Column buckling

Unit 7: Beam analysis – bending and shear

Unit 8: Beam DESIGN – bending and shear stresses

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Solve basic static problems and understand how these relate to the design of SAFE structures.
LO2: Determine geometrical properties of common cross-sections used in engineering
LO3: Undertake the analysis and design of simply supported beams and trusses.
LO4: Use appropriate engineering software to produce professional reports.
LO5: Develop a sense of engineering judgement and understanding of established theoretical methods used to solve engineering problems.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Wojciech Plowas
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
In this module you will work towards developing a fundamental understanding of the principles of structural engineering. The delivery of the module content will be through a combination of lectures, tutorials and computer labs.
This module will equip you with skills needed for fundamental understanding of the principles of structural engineering. Throughout technical delivery of the module content, you will be introduced to ethical, safety and sustainability aspects of civil engineering. Required skill will be developed through alignment of taught materials in line with standard practices and procedures adopted throughout industry. This will be achieved through such means as relating tutorial questions and lecture material to case studies and training students in the use of industry standard software such as MS Excel, PTC MathCAD and Trimble TEDDS as appropriate.

Formative Assessment:
The skills element will be assessed via written and oral tutorials (LO5) and one-to-one contact time. Tutorial exercises will provide opportunities for exploration and discussion around topics such as structural stability and engage students, albeit at a superficial level, in topics of research interest within the Subject Group.

Summative Assessment:
A range of assessments will be used in order to ensure that Learning Outcomes have been met. Technical content will be assessed through a combination of 2 written courseworks (LO1-5) and 2 written class tests carried out under simulated exam conditions (LO1-5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 16
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 30 1, 2 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Class Test 20 1-3 14/15 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 30 3,4 24 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Class Test 20 3-5 30 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Principles of Civil Engineering