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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This course is a follow-on course to the Level 3 Course on Design of Structural Elements (EG3519) (and to some extent the Level 3 Civil Engineering Design (EG3720)).  It covers four main areas:

a)       Design of Industrial Buildings in Structural Steelwork

b)       Design of steel-framed multi-storey buildings

c)        Design of domestic buildings using masonry and timber

d)       Design of pre-stressed concrete


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Paul Davidson

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • 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 EA3519 Design of Structural Elements (Passed) or EG3519 Design of Structural Elements (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG40CC Advanced Structural Design (Studied)
  • EG40JG Advanced Structural Design (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course divides into three main topics. The first topic will introduce, in some detail, the principles involved in the analysis and design of pre-stressed concrete members. The second topic will cover the design of industrial buildings and multi-storey commercial buildings using structural steelwork. The third topic introduces the main features associated with the design of masonry and timber structures.

Further Information & Notes

Assessment involves two multiple-choice class tests and a final open-book examination.  The Eurocode extracts, Concise Eurocode 3 (P362) and Steel Section Tables (P363) required for the level 3 course are also required 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 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (90%) and continuous assessment (10%).

2nd Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

The continuous assessment consists of two multiple choice tests, half way through the course and at its end.


The answers for the multiple choice class tests, that form the continuous assessment element of this course, will be posted on MyAberdeen.  Generic feedback for the exam will also be posted, and students can request more detailed and specific feedback from the Course Tutor.  Tutorial and feedback sessions run weekly throughout the course where students can request assistance with and feedback on their progress with the coursework.

Course Learning Outcomes


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