Module Title:   Design Studies

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG1054L

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Project

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Construction & Environment (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Prof DC Hughes

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr J Cooper

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

(1) Develop problem-solving skills through applied project work. (2) Develop teamworking, time management and communication skills. (3) Develop an awareness of the broad range of factors that influence design.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Theory gained through lectures and seminars and applied in laboratory-based testing of model structures. This is assessed by individual and team-based project work.

Lectures:   26.00          Directed Study:   128.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   18.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   28.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1.1 Describe the function & behaviour of civil engineering structural components and systems; 1.2 Appreciate the broad range of factors influencing the design of civil engineering structures or systems; 1.3 Demonstrate an awareness of the principles of sustainable development and health and safety risk management.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2.1 Apply a design methodology to develop a simple structural model which complies with an outline brief.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

3. Use, present and interpret data obtained from simple experiments; demonstrate oral and written communication skills using appropriate IT.

  Coursework   100%
  Portfolio of evidence comprising reports and presentations

Outline Syllabus:
The engineering and architectural professions; roles and responsibilities of professional engineers; design specifications; factors influencing design requirements (safety, reliability, robustness, stability, buildability, durability, whole life performance, maintenance); review of structural failures; introduction to health and safety in design; worst credible loading; risk, risk assessment and mitigation; designing for sustainability (economic; social, natural resources, waste minimisation, re-cycling, environmental considerations); introduction to construction materials, structural form and foundations. Inter-relationships between structural form, function, & environment and material properties & structural behaviour. Review of stiffness, strength and toughness. Modelling of beams and trusses. Introduction to design methodology (problem solving) by a process of initial proposal, the construction and testing of prototypes, critical appraisal of performance, review of original concepts, improvement and re-test. Introduction to teamwork and skills for group-based problem solving; brainstorming. Communications Skills - literature searches and referencing, technical report writing, presentation of technical data, oral presentation skills.

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