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Course Overview

This course is an introduction to Structural Design using steel, concrete and composite steel/concrete.

The emphasis is on the design of individual components – the ‘Structural Elements’ – these being members in tension, compression, bending – in either steel or reinforced concrete – and in the bolted and welded connections between steel members.

Associated with this course is an extensive laboratory exercise testing reinforced and un-reinforced concrete to destruction.

It should be noted that students are also required to do the separate course EG3720, half of which consists of a 9 week Steel Design exercise.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Paul Davidson

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)
  • One of BSc Engineering (Civil) (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering (Civil) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Civil and Structural) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil and Structural Engineering (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil Eng with Subsea Technology (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Civil and Environmental) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with Management (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The syllabus consists of the following topics, but need not be delivered in the following order.

1.      Design of structural steelwork to Eurocode 3: beams (flexure, shear, lateral, torsional and local buckling); axially loaded columns, beam columns.         

2.      Design of welded and bolted connections.

3.      Design of composite (steel and concrete) beams and slabs to Eurocode 4.  

4.      Structural Concrete: Testing of hardened and fresh concrete, Mix Design. Design loads and design strength of materials. Limit state design of reinforced concrete elements to Eurocode 2. Flexural analysis of singly and doubly reinforced beams. Shear, bond, anchorage, curtailment, deflection and crack control. Reinforced concrete columns, axially loaded and eccentrically loaded short columns. Short and slender elements.   

Associated with this course is an extensive laboratory exercise where concrete cubes and cylinders, and a reinforced concrete beam, are tested to destruction.  In the latter case the gradual process of beam failure is carefully monitored and logged and the results compared with design theory.

Students are required to purchase the Eurocode student extracts, Concise Eurocode 3 (P362) and Steel Section Tables (P363) and the Course Tutor will advise on the arrangements for these.  Students will b erequired to bring these documents to the final examination, which is, in any case, Open-Book.  The same documents are also required to be used in the level 4 course (EG40JG), which follows on from this one.

Further Information & Notes

The 9 week design project which forms part of EG3720 is a key co-requirement for this course.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination paper (80%) and in-course assessment (20%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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