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ES1A4 - Statics and Structures

  • Module code: ES1A4
  • Module name: Statics and Structures
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aim of this module is to build fundamental knowledge of statics and behaviour of structures. This will provide the knowledge required for further study in the design and analysis of structures from buildings to bridges, tunnels and other infrastructures. The module will increase the students’ ability with mathematical analysis and in particular its application to solving problems in structures. The module will further help in developing experimental skills and awareness of health and safety issues applicable to working in a supervised laboratory.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic theory, concepts and methodology necessary to solve problems related to structures under static loading. • Become familiar with mathematical analysis and its application to solving engineering problems related to the behaviour of structures under static loading. • Record and interpret the results of observed practical experiments. • Demonstrate experimental skills. • Show awareness of health and safety issues applicable to working in a supervised laboratory. • Make structured assumptions to simplify and thus model real-life civil engineering problems.

Timetabled teaching activities

Learning activity is scheduled as 24 weeks, comprising of formally timetabled sessions and student-led activities. Intensive timetabled activity comprising of: 17 hours of lectures, 7 hours of examples classes, 2 hours of revision lectures, 1x1 hour of laboratory preparation, 1x4 hours of laboratory exercises (pin-jointed frame), 1x2 hours of computer-based test, 3x2 hours of laboratory exercises (strain gauge, polariscope, beam bending). Student-led learning comprising of: 2 hours of online tutorials (supporting pre-reading), Total of 41 hours.

Other essential notes

Advice and feedback are available on the lecture material and examination questions, via online web-forum based in module support Moodle pages.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES1A4-15)
C (Assessed/examined work) Laboratory report (6 pages) 30%
  Computer-based test 20%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Civil Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) (H220) - Year 1
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