CVEN10060 The Engineering and Architecture of Structures 1

Academic Year 2023/2024

The purpose is to provide students with a core understanding of what makes buildings, and other structures, stand up. Engineering and Architecture students will work in together in groups to explore these issues. There are four themes, each dealt with over 3 weeks. In each week, there will be a mixture of lecture and tutorial sessions where students will discuss the issues, undertake practical tasks and develop their solutions to the theme. The four themes are:
A. Forces and Equilibrium
B. Materials and their Properties
C. Distributions of Forces in Structures
D. How Structures Stand Up.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. Differentiate between the role of the engineer and the role of the architect through group discussion
2. Develop effective communications skills through role-play, debates and group discussion
3. Identify, draw, label and understand the forces in engineering structures
4. Describe and compare the available materials, and their properties for civil engineering projects. Defend the choice of material for a given context
5. Assess structural forms and understand why they have been designed the way they have
6. Assess the stability of different structural systems
7. Be aware of the importance of understanding structural failures and how architects and engineers learn from these failures

Indicative Module Content:

- Forces and Equilibrium
- Materials and their Properties
- Stress, Strain and Bending Moments
- Stability

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Group work
- Problem-based Learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Distributions of Forces in Structures Week 9 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Forces and Equilibrium Week 3 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: How Structures Stand Up Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Materials and their Properties Week 6 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided to groups in line with UCD regulations. Rubrics have been developed for each assessment component. They are amended interactively with students in class, and are available to students ahead of assessment deadlines via Brightspace. Feedback will be provided to groups, online, post-assessment via the rubric and feedback tool on Brightspace.

Name Role
Gary Littler Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Daniel McCrum Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33 Mon 09:00 - 09:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33 Mon 11:00 - 12:50