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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 08/09/2021 08:49:17

Title of Module: Advanced Structural Analysis

Code: ENGG11027 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Alrazi  Earij

Summary of Module

This Module aims at further extending students’ knowledge and understanding in structural analysis to an advanced level, and to enable them to critically analyse the structural behaviour under various complex loading combinations. On successful completion of the Module, students will be well equipped to undertake structural analysis in the context of professional design practice.

The following topics are covered in this Module:

Computer Analysis

  • A critical understanding of the scope, assumptions and limitations of an industry-standard computer analysis programme for structural frames.  A manual matrix stiffness analysis approach is compared with computer analysis to identify the assumptions and limitations of the programme.

Deflection of Beams

  • Based on the use of the Differential Equations and by using Moment-Area Theorems.

Advanced Plastic Analysis of Frames  

  • Failure mechanism and collapse load of continuous beams; plastic analysis and design of simple and multi-bay portal frames, static and kinematical methods.

Introduction to Fracture Mechanics

  • Behaviour of cracks under static and cyclic loads, localised crack tip plasticity, Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM)

Yield Line Analysis of Reinforced-Concrete Slabs

  • Yield line method of analysis of reinforced-concrete slabs with different support conditions.

This Module aims at supporting students in developing 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).

  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this Module may be delivered in a 'hybrid' mode with an 'adaptive' online examination. If the Covid-19 restrictions are eased, the preferred mode of delivery will be the one approved by the Accrediting Body (JBM) prior to the global pandemic, which is 4 face-to-face contact hours/week of key practical classes.

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. Undertake critical comparative analyses of structural frames using computer and manual matrix methods and gain an advanced understanding of the principles for computational analysis.

L2. Undertake a range of advanced structural analysis in the areas relevant to the module.

L3. Apply the structural analysis knowledge and skills gained to developing professional solutions for complex engineering problems.

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 11.

• Demonstrate a critical understanding of the scope, assumptions and limitations of an industry-standard computer analysis programme for structural frames.
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of specialised theories, concepts and principles of advanced structural analysis.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

• Use a significant range of the principal professional skills, analytical techniques, and practices associated with advanced structural analysis.
• Ability to use and apply specialised structural engineering modelling software.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

• Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to the solution of engineering problems.
• Apply appropriate quantitative methods to the solution of structural engineering problems.
• Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in advanced structural analysis within the context of structural engineering design.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

• Ability to apply computer software in order to solve structural engineering problems.
• Undertake critical evaluations of a wide range of numerical and graphical data.
• Communicate by a report a review and critical evaluation of a comparative structural analysis.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

• Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities.
• Take responsibility for own work.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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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 will be a combination of lectures, online materials, class-based tutorials, computer laboratory sessions, guided independent study, and through a flipped-classroom approach in some topic areas. Independent study includes all study, learning, and processing undertaken by a student, outside of the scheduled classes.

Formative assessment and feedback are done mainly through support given, on request, regarding tutorial questions, and regarding on-going coursework projects, and also regarding any questions raised about other taught materials. This is a Level 11 Masters Level Module, and the students are expected to work more independently and with relatively less instruction and guidance from the lecturers.
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 Delivery18
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop2
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity4
Independent Study76
100 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:

• Earij, A. “Advanced Structural Analysis Notes" available on myUWS.

• Wrzesien, A. “Design Notes" available on myUWS.

• SOFTWARE: Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis, Ansys Workbench

• Megson, T.H.G. (2014), "Structural and Stress Analysis”, 3rd edition, Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.

• Ghali, A., Neville, A. & Brown, T. (2009), 6th edition, “Structural Analysis: A Unified Classical and Matrix Approach”, Spon Press.

• Rees, D. W. A. (2000), "Mechanics of Solids and Structures", London: Imperial College Press.

• Bazant, Z.P. and Planas, J. (1998), "Fracture and Size Effect in Concrete and other Quasibrittle Materials", Boca Raton: CRC Press

(**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 DetailsAccredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as a Technical MSc and meeting Further Learning requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Examination 70%
Assignment 30%
(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) 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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 7 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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