Civil Engineering BEng/MEng

Structural Design Project 3 ENG3075

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course consists of the multi-disciplinary "Interact" design project, running over weeks 4-9 of Semester 2. The project is carried out in groups, with students from other HE institutions, and includes engineers, quantity surveyors and architects. 


Various afternoon sessions for a period of 6 weeks

Excluded Courses





50% Portfolio

40% Project Output (Journal/Poster)

10% Oral Assessment & 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. 


This course is a continuously assessed group exercise, with each team involving students from other institutions, and reassessment is therefore not possible.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide experience of working in a small team with an architect and quantity surveyor to develop a structural solution based on a scheme developed by the architect.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ gather background engineering information based on a proposed architectural solution;

■ develop a conceptual structural design and refine it in response to architectural and cost drivers;

■ evaluate the success of possible design solutions and propose alternatives;

■ complete and justify a detailed structural design with emphasis on stability;

■ present the final design orally, supported by appropriate visual aids;

■ maintain a detailed design notebook including calculations to support the design process;

■ work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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


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.