CEG8310 : Structural Engineering Field Course

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Students will apply their understanding of structural behaviour and develop an understanding of holistic building design through the study of a wide range of existing structures, a model-making workshop and a design exercise.

This module consists of a series of lectures, study visits and workshops to facilitate detailed, individual study and analysis of the structures observed on the study visits. Students will study a wide range of existing structures, apply knowledge gained from other modules, and learn about real structural behaviour & holistic building design.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures to provide an overview of the following topics, and prompt students to carryout further reading in areas where they lack prior knowledge:

•       How structures work (load paths, stability, robustness…)
•       Material selection for structural engineering
•       Structural behaviour, analysis, design, construction and ECO
•       Sketching & communication.
•       Concept design and architecture

A wide variety of engineering structures and buildings will be visited on a series of day trips, possible locations include: bike shelter outside Drummond Building; the bridges over the Tyne in the centre of Newcastle; Central Station, Kingsgate Bridge; Alnwick Garden Pavilion. For each structure students will be required to consider aspects including design requirements, structural behaviour choice of materials and material behaviour, connections, construction methods and designing for construction, durability, robustness. Students will also carry out a model making workshop and a concept design exercise.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1131:00131:00Preperation Field Notebook following study visits, workshop, research, analysis/design and write up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture52:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00Directed research and reading based on lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops83:0024:00Review & discuss field notebooks, detailed building/structure study, workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork55:0025:00Studying existing structures.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will ensure that all students have a base level of knowledge regardless of their diverse backgrounds, and will prompt individual study where required. Field visits are ideally suited to studying existing buildings and structures. Workshops and review sessions will further illustrate principles of structural behaviour and design and enable staff to provide on going feedback and assistance as required.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Indiv field notebook of hand drawn sketches, notes, research, analysis + write-up of structures.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Individual field notebooks will allow students to demonstrate their understanding of structural design, behaviour and construction and their ability to communicate effectively using sketches.

Reading Lists