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MSc in Structural Engineering Modules

 

Structure of the Structural Engineering programme

  Module Code Module Title Credit
                                                                        Taught Modules
1) Core SEEM501 Advanced Engineering Materials 20
ENGG511 Engineering Computational Methods 20
SEEM521 Advanced Structural Analysis  20
SEEM504 Structural Engineering Design  20
Electives* (Choose two or four**)

2) Elective

SEEM525 Earthquake Resistant Design.  20
SEEM505 Durability of Concrete
SEEM522 Advanced Concrete Design
SEEM524 Advanced Steel Design
SDBE523 Prestressed Concrete Design
SEEM502 Advanced Structural Mechanics
SEEM532 Inspection, Repair and Rehabilitation of Structures
SEEM504 Sustainable Built Environment 
3) RES513 Dissertation 60
4)   Workshop on Research & Consultancy Skills & Techniques -
                                                                        Total Credits 180

*Students can choose to take a single electives from other engineering programmes upon the head of programme approval.

**The elective are either 2 or 4 depending on whether students take the dissertation track (thus 2), or the project track (hence 4).

Core Modules Descriptors

 

SEEM501 Advanced Engineering Materials

This module will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding on a wide range of high performance engineering materials. It will provide scientific and practical information on the selected materials. The module covers materials, including concrete, steel, fiber reinforced cement, fiber reinforced plastics, polymeric materials, geosynthetics, masonry materials and coatings. It discusses the scientific bases for the manufacture and use of these high performance materials. Testing and application examples are also included.

ENGG 511 Engineering Computational Methods

This module supports the students in the analysis of engineering information; presentation and analysis of data in the development of engineering models of the systems and the use of data and theoretical concepts to make engineering decisions for products, processes designs and problem solving.

This module develops an understanding of variability underpinning engineering experiments. The aim is to cover the common types of problems in engineering practice; engineering scenarios and problems providing the basis for practical – tutorials and computer classes. The focus will be on using MATLAB and SPSS for numerical calculations 

 

SEEM521 Advanced Structural Analysis

This module will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding and provide scientific information on Advanced Matrix Analysis and the introduction to Finite Element Analysis. It is expected that by the end of the module, learners should be able to analyze any framed structure subjected to applied loads, temperature variations, initial strains, and/or support settlements using the direct stiffness method in the context of finite element formulations. 

 

SEEM504 Structural Engineering Design

This module will develop students’ competences in structural design to advanced level. It will cover all aspects of structural design including concept, structural form, sustainability and detailed design in steel and concrete.

 

Elective Modules Descriptors

 

SDBE504 Sustainable Built Environment

This module emphasizes the need for a symbiotic and functional relationship in which ecology, culture and technology evolve and adapt.  The module introduces the fundamental principles guiding sustainable development of the built environment including Avoidance or minimization of negative impacts on the environment; Conservation and efficient use of natural resources; preservation of cultural patterns; and Ecological harmony and respect for biodiversity.  The concept of sustainable development is discussed within the limitations imposed by the present state of technology and social organization on environmental resources and by the ability of the biosphere to absorb the effects of human activity.  The module introduces tools for measuring and evaluating the impact of urban development on the environmental as well as the social, economic well being of the urban system. 

 

SEEM502 Advanced Structural Mechanics

This module will enable students to gain knowledge on engineering mechanics and provide scientific information and introduction to theory of elasticity, plane-stress and plane-strain problems. The following topics will be considered: torsion, nonsymmetrical bending, shear center, curved beams, beams on elastic foundations, lateral-torsional buckling, column stability, and stress concentration. Throughout the study key kinematic and material response assumptions are emphasized in order to highlight the applicability and limitations of the analysis methods.

 

SEEM522 Advanced Concrete Design

This module will enable learners to gain in depth knowledge and provide scientific information on analysis and design of reinforced concrete members and systems, considering the requirements of the related codes and standards.

 

SEEM523 Prestressed Concrete Design

This module provides in depth knowledge and scientific information on analysis and design of prestressed concrete members and systems. It will cover a complete comprehensive design example of a prestressed concrete girder bridge. The students will also be introduced to seismic analysis and seismic design of prestressed members.

 

SEEM524 Advanced Steel Design

This module will enable students to gain in depth knowledge and provides comprehensive scientific information on analysis and design of structural steel members and systems. It includes complete design examples for members and connections. Also, students will be introduced to seismic analysis and seismic design of steel structures. 

 

SEEM525 Earthquake Resistant Design

This module is intended as a design guide for engineers and advanced students with a sound knowledge of structural design who are not expert in seismic aspects of design. It provides the practicing engineer with an understanding of those aspects of the subject that are important when designing buildings in earthquake zone. Many of the principles discussed also apply to the design of non-building structures, such as bridges or telecommunications towers. European seismic code Eurocode 8 and US codes are discussed.

 

SEEM531 Concrete Durability

This module will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding and provide scientific and practical information on a wide range of concrete durability issues. The module discusses a number of chemical as well as physical deterioration mechanisms and the modeling and predicting of their effects and also discusses what to consider in the design, selection of materials, and the construction processes to improve and control the concrete durability.

 

SEEM532 Inspection Repair and Structural Rehabilitation

This module will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding and provide scientific and practical information on the process of inspecting of deteriorated concrete structures and discussing of different methods of repair, retrofit, and protection.

 

In order to graduate from the MSc programme, students must:

  • Successfully complete 6 x 20 credit modules and complete a 60 credit Dissertation Work or successfully complete 8 x 20 credit modules and complete a 20 credit Research Project.
  • Undertake 200 notional hours of study for each 20 credit module
  • Attend for at least 70% of all contact sessions
  • Have no outstanding debt with BUiD.

Students must pass the taught modules and Dissertation Work or the Research Project, acquiring 180 credits in total, to pass overall.

 
Postgraduate Diploma in StrE Programme Structure

 

  Module Code Module Title Credit
                                                                        Taught Modules
1) Core SEEM501 Advanced Engineering Materials 20
ENGG511 Engineering Computational Methods 20
SEEM521 Advanced Structural Analysis  20
SEEM504 Structural Engineering Design  20
Electives* (Choose two or four**)

2) Elective

SEEM525 Earthquake Resistant Design.  20
SEEM505 Durability of Concrete
SEEM522 Advanced Concrete Design
SEEM524 Advanced Steel Design
SDBE523 Prestressed Concrete Design
SEEM502 Advanced Structural Mechanics
SEEM532 Inspection, Repair and Rehabilitation of Structures
SEEM504 Sustainable Built Environment 
3)   Workshop on Research & Consultancy Skills & Techniques -
                                                                        Total Credits 180

 

PG Diploma in StrE Programme Completion Requirements

In order to graduate from the programme, students must:

  • Successfully complete 6 x 20 credit modules as per Table 3.6 above
  • Undertake 200 notional hours of study for each 20 credit module
  • Attend for at least 70% of all contact sessions
  • Have no outstanding debt with BUiD.

Students must pass the taught modules acquiring 120 credits in total, to pass overall.

The entry requirements for the MSc in StrE programme.

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