Module code: ENGM041

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

FRIED AN Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 36

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 25%
Examination EXAM 2 HOURS 75%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A basic knowledge of structural analysis to FHEQ Level 6;  some experience of designing simple reinforced concrete sections and elements to satisfy both serviceability and limit state code requirements.

Module overview

Reinforced concrete design is taught to different levels and to different codes in Universities worldwide and those entering the MSc at the University of Surrey have a variety of backgrounds.  The course is obviously based on the Eurocodes and includes the role of the designer in building construction, health and safety and sustainability issues, and challenges students to develop conceptual ideas on a design rather than just delivering a design from a drawing.  The module includes the design of simple elements and then considers, flat slab design including punching shear, slender column design, shear wall design etc.  External lecturers deliver on concrete sustainability and other topics.

Module aims

Develop conceptual design in reinforced concrete design

Enhance student understanding of the health and safety aspects associated with the design and construction of reinforced concrete structures

Provide students with the ability to use the methods of analysis and design of reinforced concrete building elements in accordance with BS EN 1992 and associated European codes.  In particular flat slabs, slender columns and shear walls are included

Provide an understanding of the overall stability requirements of reinforced concrete buildings in accordance with BS EN 1992 and associated European codes

Provide an understanding of the serviceability requirements of Concrete buildings

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Formulate conceptual designs KCT
Apply Health and Safety legislation to the design of concrete structures. KCT
Design and detail concrete elements including flat slabs including for punching shear, slender columns and shear walls.  KCT
Apply moment redistribution to beams and slabs KCT
Design for serviceability to limit crack widths and deflections in building components KCT
Oral and written communication
Synthesis of data
Graphical presentation of data
3D spatial awareness
Use of sketching and engineering drafting (inc. CAD)
Technical report writing
Information retrieval skills
Independent learning skills
Ability to develop, monitor and update a plan
Reviewing, assessing and critical thinking
Teamwork and leadership
Time management

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Code requirements for fire safety, robustness, stability and durability
Structural forms and layout of low and high-rise reinforced concrete buildings
Braced and un-braced frames.  Analysis of shear walls.
Load combinations and load patterns.  Moment distribution and re-distribution.
Design for Flexure, shear, deflection and crack control in beams and slabs.
Design of flat slabs including for punching shear.
Design of short and slender columns

Methods of Teaching / Learning

22 hours lectures, 11 hours tutorial/question classes/self-assessment questions, 38 hours assignment work, 2 hours examination and 77 hours independent learning.

Total student learning time 150 hours.


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate a variety of aspects of reinforced concrete design although not all elements may be included every year.  In particular conceptual design, building stability, health & safety aspects and element design are included.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Examination (2 hour)  [Learning outcomes assessed 1,  3, 4, 5

Design Report [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l  

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment is through a series self assessment exercises provided on Surrey learn.  Feedback is via a discussion board.

Reading list


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.