Core Module Information
Module title: Timber Engineering

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

Module code: CTR11136
Module leader: Andrew Livingstone
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

2. An Introduction to the Module, Timber and Timber engineering – Robert Hairstans (RH)
3. Ultimate Limit State & Serviceability Limit State and the Basis of Timber Design – Andrew Livingstone (AL)
4. Member design: analyse and DESIGN statically determinate timber beams, columns and load bearing elements – (AL)
5. Material Grading, Classification and Mechanical Properties: the material properties of time and how it is classified and graded for structural use – Dan Ridley Ellis (DRE)
6. Case Study / Coursework: an overview of a case study with design related coursework activity – (AL)
7. Connections 1: The theory of connection DESIGN and Eurocode design principles – (AL)
8. Connections 2 / Diaphragm Action: An overview of other connection types such as toothed nailed plates and moment connections and also the design of systems using connections such as wall diaphragms – (AL)
9. Engineered and Truss Systems: the DESIGN principles of engineered systems including truss design - Wojciech Plowas (WP)
10. Mass timber design: the DESIGN principles – (WP)
11. Massive Timber Systems: an overview of the varying types of mass timber systems and their structural DESIGN considerations – (RH); Engineering Timber Products and Systems: Case study of structural timber use by an invited guest lecturer – TBC
12. Fire: fire performance of structural timber systems in the temporary and permanent state – Ivor Davies, Dynamics / Vibrational Performance: theory of the dynamic response of timber systems and vibrational performance – (Abel)

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: understand the material properties of timber, how it is characterised for structural use and enhance through re-engineering
LO2: understand the serviceability and ultimate limit state design principles of timber structures including durability, dynamics and performance in fire affecting the SAFETY RISK MANAGEMENT.
LO3: analyse and DESIGN statically determinate timber beams, columns and load bearing elements LO4: describe the behavior and load transfer mechanisms in timber structures
LO5: analyse and DESIGN structural timber systems
LO6: develop creative solutions to open-ended DESIGN problems

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: Andrew Livingstone
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is delivered in two modes, face-to-face class contact and fully on-line with lecture content uploaded to Moodle for distance learning. You will already have an undergraduate engineering degree. The purpose is to provide additional expertise in the specific area of timber engineering. Timber engineering is a specialist area and as such you will be increasing your experience and employability options. The formal examination will be used to test the students knowledge and understanding of Eurocode 5 by way of design exercise questions where the student has full access to the codes and lecture note material, LOs 1, 2 & 3. Coursework exercises will be based around appraisal, analyse and design of complete building or engineering system from conceptual to full structural design including appreciation of buildability issues in order to develop creative solutions to open-ended design problems, LOs 4, 5 & 6. Where practical you will be encouraged to participate in live laboratory based research work at Edinburgh Napier University providing opportunities for exploration and discussion around topics such as material characteristics, structural stability and vibration effects. Timber engineering and wood science is a research strengths of Edinburgh Napier University and as such the School is in a unique position within Scotland to deliver a syllabus well informed by current research within the Institute for Sustainable Construction and for the student to engage with on-going research. The nature of the delivery of the various components that make up this module provides scope for you to engage in the module content in ways which can be varied to accommodate a wide range of needs.
Internationalisation The basis for this module is the European Standard Code but structural form and specific design requirements differ from country to country. Awareness of this will be raised within the context of the technical aspects of the module and open up discussion on the reasons behind these differences. You will be encouraged to outline your own experiences as part of these discussions.

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment will be a preparation for the summative assessment. It is expected that the students will learn from the taught content, further reading, engagement with on-going Edinburgh Napier research activities and external guest lecturers throughout the course. This will be tested via on-going discussion in class as well as the coursework and examination content.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment will consist of a coursework based on a case study and final examination. The coursework will require the students to apply their learning to a particular open ended design scenario in order to develop a solution. The solution will be graded based on its design robustness and practicality of application. The examination will consist of consist of 3 or 4 questions requiring design solutions for a series of open ended problems calling on the learning content in order to test in other areas. (LOs 1-6)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 23
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 175
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1 - 6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Technical Drawing 10 4-6 1 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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