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CEG3301 : Design of Building Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen Mitrani
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to help students develop skills in structural design and problem solving, with special emphasis on steel and concrete structures.

Outline Of Syllabus

The ability to design a building for structural adequacy is an essential part of a chartered engineer’s job. This module is the second in the series of structural design modules and develops problem solving skills in structural engineering. Students are given design exercises, which assist a student to develop general design principles. Students are instructed on how to develop sound structural engineering solutions from both a structural and an economic viewpoint. Students determine an appropriate structural system for a given structure and design and detail appropriate structural elements for it. As part of this process students must ensure that all relevant limit states are met and that all relevant design loads are considered. Students’ designs must conform to relevant codes of practice (e.g. Eurocode and Building Regulations) and must be correctly detailed so they can be constructed.

The module topics include:

Advanced design of reinforced concrete and structural steel structures and structural elements to Eurocode;
Calculation of relevant loadings;
The framing of structures and the idealisation of structural systems;
Structural stability and resistance to horizontal and vertical loads.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study152:0052:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This subject is a professional, design type subject and as such the teaching tries to simulate a work environment as closely as possible. Teaching and learning is mainly through lectures and design examples. Students are encouraged to practice example problems at home and to do further reading. Students will be required to present design solutions to the rest of the class and the lecturer and other students will provide feedback.

During small group teaching activities the students attempt design tasks under staff supervision and further their understanding.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100Unseen written examination
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination will test the students’ ability to apply structural design skills and knowledge.

Reading Lists