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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 08/06/2022 12:05:13

Title of Module: Construction & Structural Engineering 2

Code: ENGG09015 SCQF Level: 9
(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:Stuart  Tennant

Summary of Module


Construction Technology

The construction technology theme will review fundamental functional and performance requirements of buildings. Principal areas to be addressed include site investigation, site set-up and management of the building process. Substructure will evaluate site conditions, stability, foundation types and basement construction. Superstructure examines framed building techniques, evaluating structural steel, insitu RC and pre-cast concrete frame construction. Construction performance requirement integrates Health & Safety practice and management.


  • Principles of Virtual and Real Work, Internal Strain Energy and Conservation of Energy.
  • Using Real and Virtual Work methods to calculate deflections of:
  1. Pin-jointed trusses due to external loads, temperature change or lack-of-fit.
  2. Beams and frames due to external loads. 


  • Introduction to masonry material;
  • Design to Eurocodes BS EN1996-1-1, BS EN1990 and BS EN771-4 of:
  1. Axially-loaded masonry walls.
  2. Laterally-loaded freestanding masonry walls.
  • Design Philosophy: Limit States Design, ULS and SLS.

Structural Steelwork Design

  • Design to Eurocode BS EN1993-1-1.
  • Taking-off permanent and variable characteristic loads.
  • Flexural members, lateral-torsional buckling of equal-flanged unrestrained sections, buckling resistance moment.
  • Design for shear and deflection control.
  • Column behaviour and Euler theory; columns subject to combined axial and bending loads; buckling parameters, slenderness, buckling lengths and compression resistance. 
  • Design of steel baseplates for axially-loaded columns; column-to-baseplate connection by welding and holding-down bolts. 


  • Sustainability: with reference to construction technology, material selection and structural design.
  • This module aims at supporting students to develop their UWS graduate attributes, namely: Academic (critical and analytical thinking, inquiring, knowledgeable, innovation, and problem-solving); Personal (effective communicator, 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. To determine the performance requirements and construction processes required in site logistics, ground works, basements, foundations, floors and building superstructures.

L2. To determine the appropriate application of Construction Health & Safety, Construction Regulations and CDM Regulations (2015)

L3. To analyse structural beams and frames using a range of methods, and to design masonry elements.

L4. To design a range of elements of a steelwork building.

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 9.

Demonstrate a broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the scope, main areas and boundaries of the subjects in the module.

Demonstrate detailed knowledge in some areas of the subjects in the module.

Demonstrate further knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of the subjects in the module.

Demonstrate K&U of design and construction of foundations, concrete ground floors, basements, pipelines, roads and temporary works and construction plant. Cavity wall, cross wall, fin wall and diaphragm wall masonry construction.

Demonstrate awareness of CDM regulations.

Demonstrate K&U of structural steel construction

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Use a selection of the principal skills, techniques, practices and materials associated with the subjects in the module.

Use a few skills, techniques, practices and materials that are specialized.

Possess knowledge, understanding and practical engineering skills acquired through work carried out in laboratories and through design work

Develop understanding to assist with industrial training in industry.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues.

Draw on a range of sources in making judgements.

Be able to apply appropriate quantitative science and engineering tools to the analysis of problems.

Ability to use appropriate design codes of practice and industry standards.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Use a wide range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills in support of established practices in the subject, for example:
Interpret, use and evaluate numerical and graphical data to achieve goals/targets.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level.

Work under guidance with qualified practioners.

Further develop skills in planning self-learning and improving performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning/CPD.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The module delivery framework is a balance of in-person events, synchronous events and asynchronous activities. The learning and teaching engagement for this module include the following; Lecture / core content delivery (24 hours), Tutorial /synchronous activity (12 hours) and Independent study (164 hours). Independent study includes the following: Courseworks, Problem Based Learning, Self-Study including consolidation week, examination and feedback & reflection.
Formative feedback will be provided for academic activities. Formative feedback may take the form of question and answer sessions undertaken within lectures / delivery of core content; through worked examples, design exercises, feedback on presentations and/or discussion groups during tutorials. Additional forums include submitting coursework and receiving formative reports for feedback; comments on the tutorial/practical work during the session, response to emails and the use of online Forums on Moodle and Turnitin Gradebook for the assessments. All students will receive a formative and summative feedback. Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this Module may be delivered in a UWS 'hybrid' mode with an 'adaptive' online examination.
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
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., “Part Set of Course Notes & Tutorial Problems": available from the Printing Shop.
Tooth C.J., "Steel Design Notes & Tutorials": available from Moodle.
Selected Extracts from Eurocodes:- EN 1990, & Eurocodes 1 & 3.

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:

Riley&Cotgrove; Construction Technology 2.
Emmit, Gorse; Advanced Construction of Buildings.
Fink; Health and Safety Law for the Construction Industry.
The Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations; 1996
Working at Heights regulations; 2007
CDM regulations; 2007

Structural Engineering 2
Brohn, D., “Understanding Structural Analysis”, New Paradigm.
Ghali, A., Neville, A. & Brown, T., “Structural analysis: a unified classical and matrix approach”, Spon Press.
MacLeod, I., “Modern structural analysis: modelling process and guidance”, Thomas Telford.
Gulvanessian, H., Calgaro, J-A., and Holicky, M., “Designers’ Guide to EN1990, Eurocode: Basis of structural design”, Thomas Telford Publishing.
Gardner, L., & Nethercot, D. A., “Designers’ Guide to EN1993-1-1, Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures general rules and rules for buildings”, Thomas Telford Publishing.
Arya, C., “Design of Structural Elements” 2nd edition, Spon.
MacGinley, T J., “Steel Structures – Practical Design Studies”, Spon.
Steel Construction Institute, Davison, B, Owens, G.W. "Steel Designers Manual", Wiley-Blackwell.
IStructE, “Manual for the design of steelwork building structures”.
McKenzie, W, “Design of Structural Steelwork to BS5950 and EC2”, MacMillan.
Curtin, Shaw, Beck, Bray, Easterbrook, “Structural masonry designers’ manual”, Wiley-Blackwell.
IStructE, “Manual for the design of plain masonry in building structures”, SETO, London.
Hendry, A. W., "Structural Masonry", MacMillan.
Westbrook, R., "Structural Engineering Design in Practice", Longman.
IStructE, “Stability of buildings”.

SOFTWARE Oasys GSA (General Structural Analysis), by Arup.

(**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
ModeratorAndrzej Wrzesien
External ExaminerE Coakley
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by Joint Board of Moderators of the ICE, IStructE, IHT, and CIHT as part of BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Examination (60%)
Assignment (40%)

A minimum of 30% applies to Assessment Category 1 and Assessment Category 2
A minimum of 40% is required to achieve a pass in this module.
(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) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Design/ Diagram/ Drawing/ Photograph/ Sketch   check mark200
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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 Support Unit 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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