Civil Engineering BEng/MEng

Structural Design 2 ENG2048

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Entry-level structural design course in the main construction materials of concrete, steel, and timber.


2 lectures and 2 tutorials per week; single small group afternoon lab sessions to be arranged to suit individual timetable for 4 weeks during Semester 1.

Excluded Courses





80% Examination.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the basic principles and practice of limit state design for steel, reinforced concrete and timber structural elements.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students should be able to:

■ identify and apply appropriate loading to structures and elements of structures;

■ recognise the significant resulting load effects;

■ assess these load effects using the principles of mechanics;

■ select, rationally, trial sections and design structural elements in RC, structural steel and timber for the significant load effects;

■ assess the capacity of existing structural elements in RC structural steel and timber to withstand load;

■ evaluate the success of design solutions and propose alternatives.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.