Core Module Information
Module title: Advanced Structural Concrete

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CTR11118
Module leader: Aikaterini Marinelli
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

Unit 1: Introduction - Materials for making concrete - Properties of Fresh Concrete
Unit 2: Concrete mix design principles and Properties of hardened concrete
Unit 3: Materials science and Fracture Mechanics for Concrete
Unit 4: Dimensional Stability of Concrete
Unit 5: Durability of Concrete and Inspection Strategies
Unit 6: Introduction to Prestressed Concrete Design
Unit 7: Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures – Bending
Unit 8: Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures (Shear) and Composite Prestressed/RC structures
Unit 9: Design of Composite Prestressed/RC structures – Examples
Unit 10: Introduction to Composite Steel-Concrete structures
Unit 11: Design of Composite sections (ULS) and shear connectors

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: critically appraise the physical, material and structural properties of fresh and hardened concrete under varied loading and environmental conditions;

LO2: analyze the non-linear mechanical/structural behaviour of concrete and reinforcement;

LO3: critically appraise reinforced concrete durability, main causes and mechanisms involved in RC deterioration and assessment/rehabilitation techniques of RC affected by corrosion, with a view towards enhancing sustainability of concrete construction;

LO4: Examine elements of the background and development of advanced structural Eurocodes;

LO5: Apply and critically assess principles of design for reinforced and prestressed concrete structures and components according to Eurocodes EC0, EC1, EC2;

LO6: Apply and critically assess principles of design for composite steel-concrete structural elements according to Eurocodes EC0, EC1, EC4;

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Aikaterini Marinelli
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
- Structural labs are used to deliver contents and offer face to face support. Directed study tasks encourage integration of key reading material (LO1 to LO3).
- Lectures and tutorials cover the theory, analytical and numerical techniques (LO1 to LO6).
- Lectures and tutorials cover the applications of Eurocodes to reinforced and prestressed concrete design, as well as to composite structures' design (LO4 to LO6).

Module content is developed in consultation with employers.
Communication and report writing skills are developed through continuous assessment. Reports are considered as important communication tools between engineer and client and/or testing facility, hence must be professional in their form and content and ethical in their conclusions and recommendations.

Assessments are carried out through two pieces of coursework on Design of reinforced/prestressed concrete and composite steel-concrete members to Eurocodes (LO4, LO5, LO6) and Mechanical and fracture properties of structural concrete (LO1, LO2, LO3).

Staff undertake scholarly and research activities on design and analysis of reinforced/prestressed and composite concrete structures under varied loading and environmental conditions.
Relevant research findings are delivered within the module.
All materials are available on a Virtual Learning Environment to cater for the diverse student groups.
Academic supervision and tutorial support are available each taught week of the module to support students.

The content of the module enhances understanding of international codes.
International case studies are cited as appropriate with encouragement for discussion around practices in different countries.

Formative Assessment:
You will have a range of opportunities to obtain general feedback, including lab sessions and workshops where you will obtain individual comments on the development of your reports and design for both pieces of coursework.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is carried out through two pieces of coursework on Design of reinforced/prestressed concrete and composite steel-concrete members to Eurocodes (LO4 -LO6) and Concrete technology / Mechanical and Fracture properties of structural concrete (LO1 - LO3)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1-3 9 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Project - Written 60 4-6 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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