Module Title:Structural Appreciation
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures Practical’s Private study
Module Aim: To give students a basic introduction to some aspects of structural design and an appreciation of what is involved.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of force and the units of force and their application to loads, load types and load paths
LO2 Demonstrate a knowledge of structural form and uses within structure - columns, beams, walls and foundations, a knowledge of Rules of Thumb regarding sizing of elements of construction projects
LO3 Demonstrate an understanding of the components of a force and be able to calculate the vertical and horizontal components of a force and forces in a simple framework using graphical methods, mathematical methods and an understanding of stress - strain and elasticity
LO4 Calculate the reactions of a simply supported member including shear force and bending moments, and be able to draw a shear force & bending diagram for a simply supported beam
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Structural Form (10 hours lectures)
(a) Beams and floors (b) Columns and walls (c) Roofs (d) Foundations (e) Frames
SI Units (8 hours lectures)
(a) SI Units (b) Magnitude of SI Units (c) Compatibility of SI Units (d) mathematical expressions for use in calculations
Loading (8 hours lectures)
(a) Concept of actions (b) Types of actions (c) Load paths
Concurrent Forces (8 hours lectures)
(a) Parallelogram, triangle and polygon of forces (b) Resolution of forces (c) Non Current forces
Moments of Forces (10 hours lectures)
(a) Beam reaction (b) Measurement of moment (c) Parallel Forces (d) Uniform distributed loads (e) Shear and bending moment diagrams (f) Concentrated loads and uniform distributed force loading
Stress and Strain (10 hours lectures)
(a) Steel, Concrete, Timber. (b) Stress, strain, elasticity (c) Stress/ strain graphs
Newtons Laws (6 hours)
(a) Mass, force, gravity (b) Speed, velocity, acceleration
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case Studies No Description 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 1,2,3,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 120.00

Module Delivered In

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