BEng Civil Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Steel & Concrete Structures

Course unit fact file
Unit code CIVL20322
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? No


Checking adequacy of structural members to withstand forces applied on them without excessive deformations is an essential part of structural design. This unit provides an introduction to structural design according to limit state design principles and presents detailed design checks for different types of steel and reinforced concrete structural elements, according to Eurocode 2 (for concrete) and Eurocode 3 (for steel). The intended learning outcomes are to enable students to develop an understanding of the requirements of structural design and the ability to design simple steel and concrete structural elements. The course is delivered as 24 hours of lectures and 6 hours of tutorial work, some of which is laboratory-based. Assessment is 80% exam and 20% coursework.

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Structures 2 (Civil) CIVL20001 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


To develop an understanding of structural design according to limit states and to be able to design simple steel and concrete reinforced structural elements


Steel structures -  path analysis in simple structures, member capacity check for tension, compression, bending, combined compression and bending members. Estimate the embodied carbon of the structure designed in the coursework.

Concrete structures - Loadings/ Actions on Structures: Limit States Design, Imposed load, Dead load, Wind load;
Reinforced concrete design: Eurocode 2, RC Beams and Slabs, RC Columns, Braced Frames, Pad foundations.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 80%
Report 20%

Feedback methods

Exam - via script viewing

Report - Comments on Blackboard

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Project supervision 14
Supervised time in studio/wksp 8
Tutorials 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 50

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Yong Wang Unit coordinator

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