CVEN3001W Design of Structures 1

Academic Year 2022/2023

The CVEN3001W module introduces students to steel as a structural material.
Students will learn how to undertake elementary structural design of steel members in accordance with European codes of practice, and with transferable knowledge to other standards that define the civil engineering design practices.
CVEN3001W emphasizes the role of structural design practices in the achievement of safe and sustainable structures.

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Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the need for, and the nature of, design codes with the objective of designing safe and economical structures;
2. Differentiate the principles and differences between various limit states in structural analysis;
3. Apply basic structural mechanics to describe the behavior of steel structures under different loading conditions;
4. Design and detail simple structural elements and connections;
5. Communicate effectively through the preparation of formal design calculation sheets, and reporting of civil engineering design; and understand the importance of structured approaches to design in the effectiveness of design processes.
6. Understand the importance of the design practices in achieving resource-efficient structural designs.

Indicative Module Content:

CVEN3001W covers fundamentals of steel-based structural design, including:
- Fundamentals of design and structural analysis;
- Limit state design and its application to steel structures;
- Design of steel elements in tension, compression, bending and shear;
- Steel connections and their detailing;
- Analysis of structural systems composed of straight members.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, tutorials, end-of-semester examination 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
This module is for CDIC students only. This module is delivered in UCD's overseas Campus in Xi'an, China.

Design of Structures 1 (OVSE3031W)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Mixture of assignments Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: End of module exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded 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

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