KB4028 - Introduction to Structural Design

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn about the principles and considerations of structural design and the communication of design work. You will be encouraged to develop your hand sketching in recognition that this is an important skill required to communicate early design ideas as well as to aid self-reflection and design development. You will learn how to use AutoCAD to communicate your design ideas. Your technical drawing skills will be developed and you will gain experience of producing Civil Engineering drawings. You will gain knowledge and skills through generic design considerations to engender a holistic appreciation of the design process prior to addressing calculation work for simple structural elements in steel, concrete, timber or masonry.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and computer laboratories. The lectures will be used to discuss the theoretical aspects of graphical conventions related to civil engineering and fundamental design considerations. The seminar sessions will support this delivery through the provision of examples to reinforce this learning through discussion or calculation. The computer laboratories will be used to develop your technical drawing skills through AutoCAD.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be academically supported on this module by dedicated and experience teaching staff who will be happy to answer any questions that you have and to provide you with verbal feedback at regular intervals. The small group sessions are ideal environments to ask about and discuss ideas or concepts that you have seen or read about. Additionally, the Universities eLearning Platform will be used to allow you access to the module learning materials and to provide links to further reading or viewing.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Communicate design work through hand sketches and CAD drawings, evidencing an awareness of relevant civil engineering conventions.

2. Discuss and appraise civil engineering design against a set of relevant criteria such as sustainability, structural stability, ethical design and safety.

3. Carry out design calculations producing the initial sizing of structural elements in materials such as steel, concrete, masonry or timber.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

4. Evidence progress towards becoming reflective practitioners.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Demonstrate an ability to work as part of a team to evaluate the outcome of a Civil Engineering design

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
You will be formatively assessed by class-based activities with worked examples set by the module tutor, which you will review with your peers in pairs or groups. You also study structural design artefacts such as a piece of steel or timber section to enable you to develop design skills and an understanding of concept sizes. Workbook materials will be supplied by the module tutor for your self-learning, which will be supported by classroom discussion for you to develop your CAD skills.

Summative Assessment
You will be summatively assessed by Coursework and Examination.

1. Coursework: You will be assigned to work in a group by the module tutor. You will undertake the research, prepare, and present a group poster presentation that will allow you to consider and reflect upon the design merits of a case study set by the module tutor. The coursework will require you to work as a member of a group to research the case study and determine whether it represents an example of ‘good’ design through the establishment of criteria against which it may be judged. You will then present your findings as a member of a group at a poster day event. The coursework will assess your ability to demonstrate MLOs 1, 2, 4, and 5. Each individual member’s contribution to the group poster presentation must be clearly identified beforehand and must be of equal weight. Due to unforeseen circumstances, if you are given a Deferral (because of a PEC) or are asked to complete a Referral (following the PAB), you will be asked by the module tutor to complete an individual coursework equivalent to a student’s contribution to the group poster presentation. The individual coursework will also be based on the case study set by the module tutor. Any resulting concerns raised by the group will be resolved by the module tutor. You will receive feedback with marks and comments on your individual contribution to the group poster presentation or your individual coursework.

2. Examination: You will sit a closed book examination that will only have compulsory questions. The examination will assess your ability to satisfy MLOs 1 and 3. You will receive feedback with marks and comments on the questions you have answered.





Module abstract

This module will introduce you the process of design of civil engineering structures and the communication of design. You will be encouraged to research Civil Engineering design ideas to discuss with your peers and tutors. In the lectures you will learn about the theory of design development and about technical drawing. The practical sessions will provide many opportunities to practice and develop your initial design and drawing skills. The assessment will comprise a group poster presentation, evidencing your ability to highlight what defines ‘good design’ through developing a well-supported criteria and assessing case studies against this criteria; and an examination to ensure that you are equipped with the ability to execute fundamental design calculations. Formative feedback will be provided through the workshops as you acquire skill set in the use of digital graphics packages and summative feedback will be made available for the group presentations through individual commentary presented on the e-learning portal.

Course info

UCAS Code H200

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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