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CEG3301 : Design of Building Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Haoyu Huang
  • 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 for steel, concrete, and timber structures, with a special emphasis on timber structures.

Outline Of Syllabus

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 structural, economic and sustainable viewpoints. 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 and sustainability requirements are considered. Students’ designs must conform to relevant codes of practice (e.g. Eurocode and Building Regulations), be correctly detailed for construction, and be assessed for sustainability.

The module topics include:

Advanced design of reinforced concrete, structural steel structures, timber 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;
Sustainability assessment.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials122:0024:0024 hrs of online non-synchronous, pre-recorded video-lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion280:3014:00Coursework completion and presentation preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:0010 hrs of PiP tutorial sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Present in person sessions to introduce the course, guide to the assessment, and conclude the course
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 Examination1201A75exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination1M25Numerical exercise (25% of module)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework and presentation will test the students’ ability to apply structural design skills and knowledge.

Reading Lists