Module title: Structural Analysis and Design

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CTR08101
Module leader: Bernardino D'Amico
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Civil and Transportation


2018/9, Trimester 1, 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: Bernardino D'Amico
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Formal lectures and class tutorials are used to deliver content and offer face to face support. Directed study tasks encourage integration of key reading material.
Lectures cover the theory and numerical techniques to 1) analyse the truss and frame structures (LO1, 2); 2) calculate the floor loading for typical floor layout (LO 4). Tutorials cover the application of the theory by solving several practical examples (LO 3) . Tutorials are also designed to improve the computational and programming skills of the students by using interactive demonstrations (LO 1-4).

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Module content is developed in consultation with employers and/or professional engineering institutions.
Communication and report-writing skills are developed through the continuous assessment component.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Formative and summative assessment takes place through the three coursework and related practical/tutorial activities (LO 1-4). Summative assessment takes place in the final examination (LO 1-4), the weighting of which is configured to smooth the transition from Year 1 to Year 3.

Research/ teaching linkages
Staff undertake scholarly and research activities in this area, in particular related consultancy work in the Institute for Sustainable Construction and is reflected in the illustrative materials of this module.

Supporting equality and diversity
All materials are available on Moodle to cater for the diverse student group.
Academic supervision and tutorial support are available each taught week of the module to support students.

This is a fundamental science module, the content of which transcends national boundaries. An international flavour may be imparted by selective use of illustrative examples, especially those associated with ISC.

Formative Assessment:
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Summative Assessment:
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Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Face To Face Tutorial 12
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
Other 17 1,2 5 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Other 16 2,3 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,2,3,4 14,15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Other 17 3,4 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

• Indeterminacy of truss and frame structures
• Method of section/Joint resolution
• Unit load method
• Euler-Bernoulli beam theory
• Bending moment and shear force diagram
• McCaulay’s method
• Moment distribution method – continuous beams
• Moment distribution method – non-sway frame structures
• Introduction to BS EN 1990
• Floor loading

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: analyse member forces and calculate the structural deformation of truss structures;
LO2 analyse member forces and calculate the structural deformation of frame structures;
LO3: understand the structure of Eurocodes;
LO4: calculate the floor loading for typical floor layout

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