MEng Civil Engineering

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Modelling & Simulation (Civil)

Course unit fact file
Unit code CIVL20082
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit introduces the uses of computational modelling within Civil and Structural engineering as a design and analysis tool. It highlights the benefits and also possible pitfalls of using numerical models. The need to validate all computer models is emphasized by imple examples that may not be accurately captured by a computer model without careful thought. The potential power of computer models is introduced by starting with simple examples that can be validated by hand and then introducing complexity that cannot be easily analysed using hand calculations.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Structures 1 (Civil) CIVL13001 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


To provide an introduction to modelling and simulation as relevant to civil and structural engineering.
To develop students’ ability to use common structural analysis and computational fluid mechanics modelling packages
To develop students’ ability to judge the quality and reliability of their numerical predications.


1. The principles of modelling and simulation for engineering
2. Basics of modelling for structural engineering
3. Use of popular engineering software packages for structural problems
4. Basics of modelling for fluid mechanics
5. Use of popular engineering software packages for fluid flow problems

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Report 100%

Feedback methods

Written comments provided on reports and verbal feedback in labs and lectures within 3 weeks from submission

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
eAssessment 10
Lectures 17
Tutorials 15
Independent study hours
Independent study 58

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Steven Lind Unit coordinator

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