Civil Engineering BEng/MEng

Structural Design Project 2 ENG2071

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is an intensive structures-based design project in Weeks 1-3 of Semester 2, performed in groups, essentially on a full-time basis.  It is intended to simulate a real-life design office environment.


Essentially full-time in Weeks 1-3 of Semester 2.

Excluded Courses





80% Project Report

20% Oral Presentation

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.


It is not possible to offer reassessment in group project work in this course.  Students failing to complete the group project work, without good cause, will receive a Credit Refused (CR) grade and will be required to re-attend the course the following year.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ develop an appreciation of how creative conceptual design links with mathematical modelling, member sizing and detailed structural design;

■ simulate a real-life design office environment.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

■ develop and evaluate possible solutions for a structural design brief;

■ analyse and design in detail the preferred structural solution;

■ assess the sustainability of the proposed design;

■ produce a construction sequence and identify any health and safety aspects of the proposed design;

■ prepare a large drawing of the complete design, which may be supported by other visual material;

■ present and defend the design to a panel of industrial and academic assessors;

■ apply the principles and methods of analysis and design to formulate integrated holistic solutions to "real life" structural engineering problems.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must 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.