BEng Civil Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Structural Design & Materials

Course unit fact file
Unit code CIVL30792
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


In order to produce innovative, sustainable and competitive design in practice, the structural engineer needs to be able to select appropriate solutions from all available materials and techniques. This unit provides an introduction to design using advanced techniques which can produce greater efficiency when using steel and concrete elements. As two of the most common building materials in the world, the design of masonry and timber elements is also explored.


Building on knowledge gained in steel and reinforced concrete design, this unit aims to expand structural engineering design capability by introducing students to the design of elements and simple structures using pre-stressed concrete, timber, masonry and composite (steel/concrete) construction. 


• Pre-stressed concrete: design for serviceability and ultimate limit states.
• Timber: design of flexural and axially loaded timber elements.
• Masonry: design of vertical and laterally loaded elements.
• Composite construction: design of simply supported beams for flexure, shear and serviceability.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 80%
Report 20%

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Project supervision 24
Tutorials 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 52

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Lee Cunningham Unit coordinator

Return to course details