MEng Civil Engineering

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Civil Engineering Design

Course unit fact file
Unit code CIVL40691
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course is compulsory to year 4 students on all programmes except Civil & Structural Engineering. This course is composed of a group design project part and a taught part. Building on the students’ knowledge of fundamental hydraulics principles, geotechnical analysis and design, and structural analysis and structural member design, this course uses the group design of an offshore wind turbine structure to enable students to gain experience in integrated structural / foundation / hydraulics design. The taught part of the course enables the students to develop a thorough understanding of some of the important factors affecting scheme design of structures, foundations and hydraulics systems.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Structures 3 (Civil) CIVL33001 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Hydraulics 3 CIVL34001 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Geotechnics 4 CIVL36002 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Steel & Concrete Structures CIVL20322 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


To develop students’ design skills through an integrated structural / foundation / hydraulics group design project.  To equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to apply Eurocodes to a range of civil engineering design problems.


Material for offshore wind turbine design:
- Extreme environmental loading on offshore structures, use of DNV code
- Structural design options and basic calculations for turbine column and support structure
- Geotechncial options (piles, anchors, gravity bases etc)

Three group reports (one for each of the above areas) followed by a final short presentation (with supporting handout) covering the above topics and also broader construction and maintenance issues.

Design to Eurocodes
- Basis of design (understanding how to interpret and use Eurocodes)
- Geotechnics
- Structures
- Wind loading
In all cases learning how to apply Eurocodes to example civil engineering design problems, tested by an unseen exam.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Report 37.5%
Oral assessment/presentation 12.5%

Feedback methods

Feedback will be provided through a number of methods:
(1) specific comments on individual group reports;
(2) a collective list of mistakes made in coursework will be prepared and posted on blackboard;
(3) students are welcome to ask lecturers before and after a lecture; students are also welcome to make arrangement to ask lecturers at other times;
(4) students can ask lecturers questions by email, but it is preferable to use Blackboard so that questions and answers can be seen by all students;
(5) additional tutorial sessions will be arranged to help with coursework and to help with preparation for examination.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Project supervision 75
Tutorials 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 42

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Gregory Lane-Serff Unit coordinator

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