Civil Engineering BEng/MEng

Structural Design 3 ENG3046

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Intermediate-level structural design course in reinforced concrete and steel


2 lectures per week, with additional tutorial classes

Excluded Courses





100% Written Exam

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to extend understanding of (and competence in applying) the principles and practice of limit state design for steel and reinforced concrete structural elements, building on the basic grounding developed in Structural Design 2.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will 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 trial sections in a rational fashion and design structural elements in reinforced concrete and structural steel to withstand load;

■ evaluate the success of design solutions and propose alternatives.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination.


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