Module code: ENG1077

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

WANG Y Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 16

Independent Study Hours: 91

Lecture Hours: 17

Tutorial Hours: 16

Laboratory Hours: 42

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework DAD PROJECT 20%
Coursework CAD WORK 20%

Alternative Assessment

Alternative Assessment: Alternative instrument of assessment for structural design study: Individual report Alternative instrument of assessment for feasibility study: Individual report Alternative instrument of assessment for CAD work: Portfolio of CAD drawings Alternative instrument of assessment for DAD Project: Individual report on design and construction of lattice spatial structures

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Normal entry requirements for a degree course in Civil Engineering.

Module overview

This module brings together, within a realistic case-study group project, a number of themes studied within Level 1, including structural analysis and design, feasibility and sustainability study, computer aided structural analysis and preparation of computer aided drawings (CAD). The module is based on group work on DAD (Design, Assemble and Dismantle) project based on hands-on activities using full-scale physical models and is carried out as a combination of lectures/tutorials within the semester (CAD and structural design study) followed by an intensive week at the end of the semester (feasibility study and DAD).

Module aims

Introduce basic principles of engineering drawings and outline requirements related to their use

Introduce 2D engineering/technical drawing and 3D modelling using AutoCAD

Provide the ability to appraise structural and planning needs of construction projects and determine solutions to design problems

Provide the ability to explicitly use codes of practice for the design of simple structural steel membersĀ 

Familiarise students with computer aided structural analysis

Enrich students with concepts and considerations related to sustainable design

Extend knowledge of structural design methods and principles related to site layout in regard to health and safety, cost estimation and construction planning

Develop teamwork attributes, group management and interpersonal as well as presentation skills

Offer integration of Civil Engineering disciplines

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Produce appropriately hand sketches and dimensioned 2D engineering drawings and develop simple 3D structural models using AutoCAD. KCPT
Identify and critically appraise alternative solutions to planning and design problems. CPT
Utilise conceptual design as a creative process. CPT
Prepare detailed design calculations for simple structural members (tension & compression members and beams) using design codes. KCP
Recognise constructional and planning constraints and implement healthy and safe construction methods. KCPT
Produce a sustainable design through consideration of whole-life costs, efficient use of materials,energy consumption, legal requirements and disruption. KCPT
Identify more complex structural forms and 3D structural behaviour. CT
Technical report writing T
Oral & written communication T
Use of sketching and engineering drafting (incl. CAD) T
Reviewing, assessing and critical thinking T
Ability to develop, monitor and update a plan T
Independent learning skills T
information retrieval skills T
time management T
Negotiation skills T
Synthesis of data T
Use of word processor, spreadsheet, drawing/presentation T
3D spatial awareness T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Computer Aided Drawing (CAD)

Computer based 3D sketching with AutoCAD, 2D engineering drawing production using AutoCAD. This will include the use of basic commands, precision input, use of relative, absolute and polar coordinates, object snapping, selecting groups and objects, using GRIPS, editing commands and controlling drawings with use of layers, drawing templates and dimensioning.

Group work (structural design and feasibility study)

Detailed design project requiring planning of design proposals, analysis and design calculations for principal members (tension, compression and beam members) using codes of practice, a detailed group report including cost estimation, construction sequence, site selection using spatial data and GIS tools, construction health and safety, appraisal and presentation of working drawings, computer analysis, qualitative consideration of sustainability principles. Feasibility study concentrating on conceptual design, quantitative assessment of producing a sustainable design, constructional planning and health and safety issues.

Group Work – Design, Assemble and Dismantle (DAD Project)

The group participants should design the configuration of their structure using all or part of the provided full-scale structural kit consisting of prefabricated tubular steel members, as well as the required connectors. Then, they have to prepare all the documentation for the structure including technical drawings, construction requirements, assembly/dismantling plan and risk assessment to present the design to all groups. The group then exchange their design and construct (assemble/dismantle) a structure designed by another group. Finally, each group should make a short video about their experience.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

This module brings together different aspects of Civil Engineering, introduced to the students throughout the duration of Level 1, to be applied to a realistic design project. It runs in parallel with ENG1076 in which the students are taught the principles of structural analysis and design which they then apply to a real case structure considered as part of the group work. Furthermore, it gives the opportunity to the students to utilise their knowledge acquired in ENG1074 in terms of sustainability principles and health and safety in design and construction within the group project.

The delivery of the module starts with lectures/tutorials through which the links between ENG1076 and the group project is highlighted. This is complemented by CAD workshops/tutorials. The first part of the module involves the structural design of a realistic project (e.g. building, car-park, bridge) which is carried out through independent group work for which feedback is provided during the tutorial sessions from academic staff. It focuses on detailed structural design as well as health and safe constructional planning and detailed production of design drawings. Sustainability is considered in a qualitative manner.

The second part of the module, which involves the feasibility study of a structure, is run intensively over a one-week period at the end of the semester and is supervised and monitored by a number of academic staff. This part of the module focuses on conceptual design and more complex structural forms combined with three-dimensional behaviour. Explicit consideration of sustainability requirements is done through quantitative analysis.

Parallel to the above, the concept of lattice spatial structures is being introduced to the students during the first week as an introduction to the DAD Project. Then each group develops their ideas both independently and in the lab meeting supervised by academics, while they have access to small scale physical models, as well the actual structural elements. The groups present their design and submit the project documents in week 6 to be exchanged with other groups. Later in a second group meeting, they practice the construction and finalise the plan for the final assembly/dismantling, taking place at the end of semester. The Project will conclude with an invited lecture by professionals in the field of design and construction of spatial structures.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Workshops/tutorials on CAD (10 hours)
Tutorials on structural design using codes of practice(15 hours)
Lectures on feasibility study concepts (2 hours)
Lectures on DAD Project (5 hours)
Supervised group meetings on DAD Project (4 hours)
Independent group work and making a short video (12 hours)
Assembly/dismantling and presentation on DAD Project (5 hours)
Independent group work (structural design) including group design portfolio preparation (35 hours)
Intensive supervised group work (feasibility study) including group portfolio preparation (35 hours)
Independent learning (56 hours)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

Demonstrate the ability to use AUTOCAD for the production of appropriately dimensioned 2D engineering drawings and 3D structural models through a portfolio of CAD drawings and test.  The demonstration of sketching to explain design concepts and details will also be assessed via the drawings portfolio (LO 1)
The ability of designing a structure using available structural elements and producing all the necessary documents for their design (LO 1)
The ability to communicate with group members, as well as other groups in a professional manner (LO 9)
The understanding of practical considerations in design and the application of their theoretical knowledge in health and safety (LO 2, 6, 9)
Demonstrate the ability to propose alternative design solutions, depending on planning, constructional and design constraints, which are sustainable and conform to health and safety principles through a group portfolio and group presentations (LO’s 2,3,5,6)
Explain key parts of the codes of practice for structural design through the production of detailed design calculations for structural elements (LO 4)
Demonstrate elements of creativity using conceptual design alternatives, accompanied by criticism of their 3D structural behaviour, through a group portfolio and group presentations (LO 2,3,7)

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Structural design study: Group portfolio on the structural design of a case-study structure (e.g. building, car-park, bridge) [Learning outcomes assessed 2,4,5,7,a,d,e,f,g,h,i,l,m,n] (53 hours, 25%).
Feasibility study: Group portfolio on the feasibility study of a case-study structure [Learning outcomes assessed 2,3,5,6,7,a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,p] (63 hours). Submission deadline on the last day of the intensive week at the end of semester (63 hours, 35%).
DAD project: Group effort to design, assemble and dismantle their structure and making a 1 minute video [Learning outcome assessed 1, 2, 6, 9, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, j, m, n] (26 hours, 20%)
CAD Work: Portfolio of CAD drawings and test [Learning outcomes assessed 1,d,n]. Submission deadline in Week 10 (20 hours, 20%)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be through verbal feedback during the workshops/tutorials, commenting on the progress of students within the semester, and following the group presentations. Continuous verbal feedback will also be given throughout the group meetings and the intensive week which is closely monitored by academic staff.

Reading list

Reading list for INTEGRATED DESIGN 1 :

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.