Module code: ENGM157

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: 33

Assessment pattern

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

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A sound knowledge of structural analysis to FHEQ Level 6;  limited experience of designing masonry structures to satisfy both serviceability and limit state code requirements.

Module overview

Modern masonry design includes a wide variety of materials but it is often not taught to any depth in undergraduate teaching programmes.  Hence there is a need to provide students with practical and useful design guidance as well as informing them of the opportunities and scope of modern masonry.  The course discusses the benefits of masonry as a construction material, explains what energy savings can be made over the whole life of a masonry building, considers modern innovations in the material, describes health and safety matters associated with masonry buildings, as well as providing basic design information to the Eurocodes. 

Module aims

Provide students with an appreciation of the potential of using masonry in the built environment.

Describe conventional and innovative forms of masonry construction.

Enable students to select appropriate masonry materials taking into account masonry movement and durability.

Provide students with the basic tool kit to design masonry to the Eurocodes.

Develop conceptual design approaches to masonry construction.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Formulate conceptual designs in masonry. KCT
Apply Health and Safety legislation to masonry structures. KCT
Identify appropriate materials for use in masonry structures. KCT
Design vertically, laterally and reinforced masonry walls. KCT
Design for concentrated and accidental loads on masonry and design masonry diaphragm walls. KCT
Design masonry to perform well thermally and acoustically. KCT
Oral and written communication T
Synthesis of data T
Graphical presentation of data T
3D spatial awareness T
Use of sketching and engineering drafting (inc. CAD) T
Technical report writing T
Information retrieval skills T
Independent learning skills T
Ability to develop, monitor and update a plan T
Reviewing, assessing and critical thinking T
Teamwork and leadership T

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 masonry buildings
Stability in masonry construction.
Design of vertically, laterally and reinforced masonry elements.
Design of masonry diaphragm walls.
Design for concentrated and accidental loads on masonry structures.
Assessment of the thermal and acoustic performance of masonry.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

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

Total student learning time 150 hours.


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their skill with a variety of aspects of masonry design.  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 hours) [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 3, 4, 5

Design Report [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 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.