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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 11/06/2022 09:51:49

Title of Module: Stress Strain & Struct Design

Code: ENGG07007 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Shakun  Paudel

Summary of Module

Strength of Materials
Stress, Strain, Hooke’s Law, Young’s modulus of elasticity, Poisson’s Ratio.

Member cross-section properties.

Theory of bending, bending stresses, shear stresses.

Couples, force-couple resultant.

Combined direct (axial) and bending stresses, overturning.


Structural Steelwork Design

Structural design: objective, process.

Introduction to philosophy: limit states, partial factors.

Steel design to EN1993: steel grades, trusses and lattice girders, member cross-section types, actions.

Plate and angle tension members: effects of end-connections, axial resistance capacities.

Plate and angle compression members: effects of end-connections, local buckling, overall buckling, axial resistance capacities.

Axial resistance capacities of non-preloaded bolted connections in bearing and shear.

Axial resistance capacities of fillet-welded connections.

This module will support students to develop following UWS graduate attributes: Academic - critical and analytical thinking, knowledgeable, digitally literate, and problem solving; Personal - ethically minded, effective comunnicator, creative, imaginative; Professional - collaborative, research-minded and socially responsible.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Summarize and apply the basic principles of strength of materials.

L2. Design, in structural steelwork, simple tension members and compression members and their connections in accordance with relevant clauses of the Eurocode standards EN1993-1-1 and EN1993-1-8.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

• Demonstrate and work with a broad K & U of strength of materials and steelwork design

• Demonstrate K & U of the underpinning mathematics, science, and engineering mechanics to support application of key engineering principles and methods

• Characteristics of linearly elastic materials, and of properties of common cross-sectional shapes, and of critical stresses and stress resultants, and of structural steelwork.

• Introduction to the characteristics of the structural design process, and specifically that of structural steelwork in the context of using Eurocodes EN1993-1-1 & EN1993-1-8

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

• Use some of the basic and routine professional skills, techniques, and practices of these component areas of strength of materials and steelwork design

• Practice of working with, and use of, Eurocodes EN1993-1-1 and EN1993-1-8 for structural steelwork design

• Develop knowledge, understanding and practical engineering skills acquired through activities carried out in an engineering laboratory

• Develop practical engineering skills acquired through individual and group project work

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

• Develop the ability to apply appropriate quantitative mathematics, science and engineering tools to the analysis and solution of engineering design and analysis problems

• Commence the development of transferable or meta-skills in the use of analysis and design in structural engineering

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Use a wide range of routine skills and some advance skills associated with:
• Numeracy skills

• Competent production and presentation of a report on a laboratory experiment and of each of two design courseworks

• Skills of organization, communication and use of judgement, in the course of achieving design goals within a team working environment

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Exercise some initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities at a professional level, including:
• Responsibility for the competent production and timely submission of:
- a report on a laboratory experiment, and
- two courseworks on structural steelwork design
• Work in support of current professional practice of structural design, under guidance
• Progress the development of skills in planning self-learning and improving performance,
as a foundation for lifelong learning/CPD.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching activity for this module includes lectures and tutorials and independent study. Independent study includes all study, learning, and processing undertaken by a student, outside of the scheduled lectures and tutorials.
In this module, formative assessment and feedback is mainly done through formal Tutorial sessions, in which the students attempt specified Tutorial Questions. The students are given support and guidance, when requested. Formative feedback is also given when coursework reports is marked and returned; and the students can learn and enhance their performance through reflecting on that feedback.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop0
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

McKenzie, I., “Stress & Strain” – Notes with Tutorial Problems: these will be downloadable from Blackboard.

McKenzie, I, “Structural Design – Notes”, to be bought from the University Printing Shop in
A-Block. A set of Tutorial Problems will be given out in class.

Selected Eurocodes EN1990, 1991 and 1993 (Parts 1 & 8) will be downloadable via online database - British Standards Online.

Extension Resources: Consultation of the undernoted resources is recommended and material from these resources may be of benefit to the student in the assessment process:

Megson, T.H.G., "Structural and Stress Analysis”, Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, London.
Gulvanessian, H., Calgaro, J-A., and Holicky, M., “Designers’ Guide to EN1990, Eurocode: Basis of structural design”, Thomas Telford Publishing.
Gardner, L., and Nethercot, D. A., “Designers’ Guide to EN1993-1-1, Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures general rules and rules for buildings”, Thomas Telford Publishing.
Montague, P. and Taylor, R., "Structural Engineering", McGraw Hill.
Case, J., Lord Chilver, & ROSS, C. T. F. 1999. Strength of Materials and Structures, London, Sydney, Auckland, Arnold.
McKenzie, W. M. C. 2004. Design of structural elements., Basingstoke, New York, PALGRAVE MACMILLAN

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCivil Engineering and Quality Management
ModeratorDjamalddine Boumezerane
External ExaminerE Coakley
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by Joint Board of Moderators of the ICE, IStructE, IHE and CIHT as part of BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Examination (Due to Covid- 19 disruption adaptive assessment may replace the exam)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups. Students with special needs (including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling SupportUnit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and site visits.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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