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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENGM042 Module Title: STEEL BUILDING DESIGN
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M81
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: PARKE GA Prof (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment





Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)





2 hour examination










Coursework – Two assignment










Qualifying Condition(s) 





An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.





Module Overview
A knowledge of Structural Analysis and Design to Level HE3
Module Aims

This module aims to provide students with the key conceptual framework, tools and skills to undertake the design of a wide range of steel structures. Through a combination of lectures and tutorials students will develop skills in plastic methods of analysis and design and in addition understand the importance of stability and restraint provision required for the successful design of steel structures.  A further aim of the module is to enhance student understanding of the health and safety aspects associated with the design and construction of steel structures.

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this module the student will be able to:





  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of using structural steel for the construction of both single store and multi-storey structures.


  • Explain the principles of plastic collapse analysis and design as applied to the appraisal of steel structures.


  • Design, using plastic methods of appraisal, a single storey industrial building in steelwork.


  • Design, making use of BS5950, a conventional multi-storey office building framework including individual elements and connections.
  • Appraise the key health and safety issues relevant to the design and construction of steel structures.

Module Content

·          Limit state design of steel elements to BS5950, Part 3, 2000





·          Design of tension, compression members, beam and beam/column to BS5950, Part 3, 2000.





·          Analysis and design of welded and bolted connections to BS5950, Part 3, 2000.





·          Structural forms and layout of steel building structures, braced and sway frames.





·          Principles of plastic design.





·          Analysis and design of single and multi bay industrial buildings.





·          Portal frame stability, sway, snap-through and deflection calculations.
Design of cold formed elements such as purlins and ‘C’ shaped columns to BS5950, Part 5, 2000.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

25 hrs lectures/independent study, 5 hrs tutorial/question classes/self assessment questions, 38 hrs assignment work, 2 hrs examination and 80 hours independent learning





Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

British Standard, BS5950, Structural Use of Steelwork in Buildings. Part 1, Code of practice for design in simple and continuous construction: hot rolled sections. British Standards Institution, 2000.





British Standard, BS6399, Loading for buildings, Part 2, Code of Practice for Wind Loads, British Standards Institution, 1995.





Anon, Steel Designers Manual. 6th ed, The Steel Construction Institute and Blackwell Scientific Publications, 2005.





Davies JM and Brown BA, Plastic Design to BS5950, The Steel Construction Institute, 1996.





Dowling PJ, Harding JE and Bjorhovede R, Constructional Steel Design, Elsevier Applied Science, 1992.





Horne MR and Morris LJ, Plastic Design of Low-Rise Frames, Constrado Monographs.  William Collins, 1981.





Morris LJ and Plum , Structural Steelwork Design to BS5950, Longman Scientific and Technical, 1988.





Owen GW and Cheal BD, Structural Steelwork Connections, Butterworths, 1989.





Trahair NS., The Behaviour and Design of Steel Structures, Chapman & Hall, 2001.





McKenzie  WMC. Design of Structural Steelwork, Macmillan, 1998.





Standing Committee on Structural Safety, Erection of Steel Structures - Learning From Experience, SC/T/04/01, Institution of Structural Engineers, 2004.









Required reading


Managing health and safety in construction, Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007. Approved Code of Practice L144 HSB Books 2007 ISBN 978 0 7176 6223 4.

Last Updated

6 August 2010