Module Descriptors

Engineering Computational Methods

This module supports students in the analysis of engineering information; presentation and analysis of data in the development of engineering 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 the variability underpinning engineering experiments. The aim is to cover common types of engineering scenarios and problems. The focus will be on using MATLAB and SPSS for numerical calculations.

Advanced Engineering Materials

This module will enable students to gain knowledge of and understanding in 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, fibre reinforced cement, fibre 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.

Structural Engineering Design

This module will develop students’ competences in structural design to an advanced level. It will cover all aspects of structural design including concept, structural form, sustainability and detailed design. The module covers the design of reinforced concrete structures, steel structures, and other innovative structural engineering designs. Students will use the latest design tools such as AnSys and ETABS. They are tasked with developing several design concepts and performing a comprehensive design of one of the concepts.

Advanced Structural Analysis

This module provides knowledge and understanding of and scientific information on Advanced Matrix Analysis. It will also provide an introduction to Finite Element Analysis, structural dynamics, and seismic loading and analysis. It is expected that by the end of the module students will be able to analyse 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.

Elective modules

Advanced Structural Mechanics

This module provides knowledge of and scientific information on engineering mechanics, as well as an introduction to the theories of elasticity, plane-stress and plane-strain problems. The following topics will be considered: torsion; nonsymmetrical bending; shear centre; curved beams; beams on elastic foundations; lateral-torsional buckling; column stability; and stress concentration. Throughout the study key kinematic and material response assumptions are emphasised in order to highlight the applicability and limitations of the analytical methods.

Advanced Concrete Design

This module provides in-depth knowledge of and scientific information on analysis and design of reinforced concrete members and systems, considering the requirements of the related codes and standards. Students will use the latest design tools such as AnSys and ETABS. They are tasked with developing several design concepts and performing a comprehensive design of one of the concepts.

Advanced Steel Design

This module provides in-depth knowledge of and scientific information on analysis and design of structural steel members and systems. It includes complete design examples for members and connections. Students will be introduced to seismic analysis and seismic design of steel structures. Students will use the latest design tools such as AnSys and ETABS. They are tasked with developing several design concepts and performing a comprehensive design of one of the concepts.

Prestressed Concrete Design

This module provides in-depth knowledge of 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 example will include the detailed calculations of all the prestress losses. The students will also be introduced to seismic analysis and seismic design of prestressed members.

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 practising engineer with an understanding of those aspects of the subject that are important when designing buildings in an 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.

Concrete Durability

This module will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of 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 modelling 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.

Inspection, Repair and Rehabilitation of Structures

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

Sustainable Built Environment

The module introduces the fundamental principles guiding sustainable development of the built environment including avoidance or minimisation 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 the social organisation of 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 wellbeing of the urban system.

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