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MSc Structural Engineering Design and Management

Academic Year 2016/17

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

MSc Structural Engineering Design and Management

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

CIV-MSC-SE

UCAS Code

JACS Code

H200 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Entrance normally requires a 2(ii) or better Honours Degree in BEng Civil or Structural Engineering.
Those with a 2(ii) in a related discipline, with relevant previous work experience will be considered on a case by case basis. This is in line with academic requirements for PGT courses within SPACE.
Applicants who wish to apply with Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL) must have a further and 3 years relevant experience. Applicants with Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) will require a minimum of 5 years relevant experience and will be considered on a case by case basis.

International students would be required to demonstrate their competency in the English language by one of the following methods:
• An IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 5.5 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years
• A first or good second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location where the medium of instruction is English
• A language assessment conducted by Queen’s University Belfast or approved provider
• An alternative English Language qualification recognised by Queen’s University Belfast.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Natural and Built Environment

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Engineering (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Antony Darby

University of Bath

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

n/a

Programme Specific Regulations

Students will be permitted to progress to their dissertation module, at risk, once they have successfully completed modules to the equivalent of at least 100 CATS points. The outstanding modules must be successfully completed before the submission of the dissertation.

Students with protected characteristics

Dissertation topics will be diverse to ensure that students to protected status are able to undertake the work without any disadvantage.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

Within the context of the University’s Vision Statement, the MSc in Structural Engineering Design and Management aims to:

(i) provide students with the opportunity to pursue a leading-edge programme of study focused on structural behaviour, conceptual design, project management, business management, repair and maintenance of structures and whole life management of structures and on how these subjects can be used to help inform critical decisions within a design office which will impact upon the whole life of construction projects;

(ii) help to develop holistic structural engineering designers who appreciate the overarching impact of their decisions on both business and society;

(iii) provide effective systems of learning, academic guidance and pastoral support to encourage the academic, intellectual and personal development of students;

(iv) develop students’ knowledge and skills base in ways which will enhance their employment opportunities;

(v) maintain a supportive working environment in which there is respect for social and cultural differences and openness, fairness, and equality of opportunity in relation to selection, learning assessment and support

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate enhanced problem solving ability by applying logical reasoning to specific set of problems related to Structural Engineering and Design. Enhance the depth of critical evaluation and interpretation of solutions.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Modules are conducted via lectures, tutorials, directed reading, student presentations, group projects, peer review, and private study. Cognitive skills are developed across all the modules within the degree programme, although the precise balance will vary across modules.

All modules have significant quantitative component and help to develop problem solving and logical reasoning skills.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout the degree.

Formative assessment takes a number of different forms, including in-class discussion, in-class exercises, design reviews and critiques and peer review.

Summative assessment also takes a variety of forms including examinations and a range of continuous assessment elements (which themselves also contribute to formative assessment), including assessed design projects and presentations.

Critically self-assess and reflect on nature of design solutions obtained and respond appropriately.
Conduct independent enquiry as means to provide improved problem solving ability.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

As above and developed through formative assessment within groups

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout the degree.

Formative assessment takes a number of different forms, including in-class discussion, in-class exercises, design reviews and critiques and peer review.

Summative assessment also takes a variety of forms including examinations and a range of continuous assessment elements (which themselves also contribute to formative assessment), including assessed design projects and presentations.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

process information/data from a variety of sources including from drawings plans and client requirements, databases, books, journal articles and the internet .

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning on the degree programme. All modules will help to develop all skills listed here, although the balance will vary across modules.

Methods of Assessment

Both formative and summative assessments, across modules, will require students to demonstrate all of the listed transferable skills.
Some of the skills will be developed in all modules whilst other skills will be developed in specific modules.

reason and evaluate and recommend on the basis of such reasoning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning on the degree programme. All modules will help to develop all skills listed here, although the balance will vary across modules

Methods of Assessment

Both formative and summative assessments, across modules, will require students to demonstrate all of the listed transferable skills.
Some of the skills will be developed in all modules whilst other skills will be developed in specific modules.

organise their work and time manage to further develop efficient problem solving and ability to critically analyse.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning on the degree programme. All modules will help to develop all skills listed here, although the balance will vary across modules

Methods of Assessment

Both formative and summative assessments, across modules, will require students to demonstrate all of the listed transferable skills.
Some of the skills will be developed in all modules whilst other skills will be developed in specific modules.

use IT packages, such as wordprocessing software, spreadsheets, presentation packages, visualisation packages, structural and materials design and evaluations software

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning on the degree programme. All modules will help to develop all skills listed here, although the balance will vary across modules

Methods of Assessment

Both formative and summative assessments, across modules, will require students to demonstrate all of the listed transferable skills.
Some of the skills will be developed in all modules whilst other skills will be developed in specific modules.

work both independently and in groups and refine the ability to communicate complex information in written and presentation form.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills development permeates the teaching and learning on the degree programme. All modules will help to develop all skills listed here, although the balance will vary across modules.

Methods of Assessment

Both formative and summative assessments, across modules, will require students to demonstrate all of the listed transferable skills.
Some of the skills will be developed in all modules whilst other skills will be developed in specific modules.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

be aware of the process of structural design, from conceptual work through to detailed structural analysis.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The MSc in Structural Engineering Design and Management follows a structured curriculum based upon the modules set out below. Acquisition of knowledge and understanding, across modules, is through structured exposition based on lectures, tutorials, and problem based learning, directed reading, student presentations, group projects, peer review, and private study.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout all modules to assess knowledge and understanding.
Formative assessment takes a number of different forms, including in-class discussion, in-class exercises, design exercises and peer review.Summative assessment also takes a variety of forms including examinations and a range of continuous assessment elements (which themselves also contribute to formative assessment), including assessed designs and presentations.

be able to understand the implications of early stage design decisions on project construction through to the end of life scenario.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The MSc in Structural Engineering Design and Management follows a structured curriculum based upon the modules set out below. Acquisition of knowledge and understanding, across modules, is through structured exposition based on lectures, tutorials, and problem based learning, directed reading, student presentations, group projects, peer review, and private study.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout all modules to assess knowledge and understanding.
Formative assessment takes a number of different forms, including in-class discussion, in-class exercises, design exercises and peer review.
Summative assessment also takes a variety of forms including examinations and a range of continuous assessment elements (which themselves also contribute to formative assessment), including assessed designs and presentations.

Have knowledge of the business case for design process and maximise value in the process through awareness of the project management during construction, operation and end of life management.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The MSc in Structural Engineering Design and Management follows a structured curriculum based upon the modules set out below. Acquisition of knowledge and understanding, across modules, is through structured exposition based on lectures, tutorials, and problem based learning, directed reading, student presentations, group projects, peer review, and private study.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout all modules to assess knowledge and understanding.
Formative assessment takes a number of different forms, including in-class discussion, in-class exercises, design exercises and peer review.
Summative assessment also takes a variety of forms including examinations and a range of continuous assessment elements (which themselves also contribute to formative assessment), including assessed designs and presentations.

Understand the academic research process from inception through to implementation of new concepts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The MSc in Structural Engineering Design and Management follows a structured curriculum based upon the modules set out below. Acquisition of knowledge and understanding, across modules, is through structured exposition based on lectures, tutorials, and problem based learning, directed reading, student presentations, group projects, peer review, and private study.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods are used throughout all modules to assess knowledge and understanding.
Formative assessment takes a number of different forms, including in-class discussion, in-class exercises, design exercises and peer review.
Summative assessment also takes a variety of forms including examinations and a range of continuous assessment elements (which themselves also contribute to formative assessment), including assessed designs and presentations.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

analyse of structural forms to determine structural behaviour and resultant stresses strains

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Modules conducted via lectures, tutorials, directed reading, student presentations, group projects, peer review, and private study. All modules have significant quantitative component and help to develop problem solving and logical reasoning skills.

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods, such as written examinations, coursework, in class exercises as described above, are used throughout all modules to assess subject specific skills.

develop conceptual design solutions to meet the expectations of clients

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Problem based learning will be used as a tool to apply knowledge and engage in quantitative evaluation of the derived solutions

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods, such as written examinations, coursework, in class exercises as described above, are used throughout all modules to assess subject specific skills.

determine overall construction sequence and outline project management to include risk, health and safety

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The management tools of value, risk, knowledge and relationships management are used to inform the following: client briefing; stakeholder consultation; design evaluation; design creativity; mapping design processes; systems theory in design; communication theory; integrated design; collaborative design; lean philosophy in design; and how to engender a sustainable approach to building design and management.

Methods of Assessment

As above with the exclusion of written examination

use structural analysis software, drafting and visualisation packages, project management software data management software

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Problem based learning will be used as a tool to apply knowledge and engage in quantitative evaluation of the derived solutions

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods, such as written examinations, coursework, in class exercises as described above, are used throughout all modules to assess subject specific skills.

understand and evaluate whole life costing of structures

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Problem based learning will be used as a tool to apply knowledge and engage in quantitative evaluation of the derived solutions

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods, such as written examinations, coursework, in class exercises as described above, are used throughout all modules to assess subject specific skills.

understand repair methods for structures, available strategies how to select and apply the most appropriate strategy based on specific site characteristics and costs

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Problem based learning will be used as a tool to apply knowledge and engage in quantitative evaluation of the derived solutions

Methods of Assessment

Both summative and formative assessment methods, such as written examinations, coursework, in class exercises as described above, are used throughout all modules to assess subject specific skills.

plan and execute independent research as part of their Dissertation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

These skills will be stressed across modules, but are particularly integral to the Topics and dissertation modules.

Methods of Assessment

See above. Assessment for the topics modules and the dissertation module are particularly (but not exclusively) relevant here.

conduct a review of the current and relevant literature of the subject area chosen for the research study;
how to derive hypotheses or formulate research questions;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Problem based learning will be used as a tool to apply knowledge and engage in quantitative evaluation of the derived solutions

Methods of Assessment

This module will be assessed by the final written dissertation (14,000 and 17,000 words) which will be worth 100%.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Structural Repairs and Maintenance

CIV7052

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Numerical Methods

CIV7028

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Structural Design & Communication

CIV7061

7

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Dissertation

CIV7080

7

60

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Construction and Business Management

CIV7045

7

20

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Bridge and Structural Engineering

CIV7047

7

20

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Durability and Whole Life Management of Structures

CIV7042

7

20

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Notes