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Purpose of the Course
In recent years professional Institutions and Government committees have combined to emphasise the need for continuing and extended education of all engineers, whether new graduate or practising engineer. The Institution of Structural Engineers considers Continuming Professional Development essential to maintain, improve and broaden knowledge, skills and personal qualities throughout the Engineer's career.
New materials are increasingly being used and include a whole range of polymer based and polymer modified compounds, offering new design possibilities, new properties and new problems. Great improvements to traditional materials such as steel, concrete, brick and timber have been coupled with intensive investigations of their structural performances. As a result, the Engineer has a widening range of materials in which he may have increasing confidence, but which demand ever more exacting attention. Construction requirements are also changing, with demands for taller and deeper structures. At the same time, the Engineer must be familiar with the developing field of advanced analysis and numerical methods. In such a progressive profession, the Engineer needs even more than ever before an intuitive and fundamental understanding of structural behaviour. When this has been achieved, changes and improvements which must be accommodated serve to enhance the basis of structural appreciation.
The intention of the postgraduate courses in Structural Engineering at Newcastle University is to enable new graduates and practising Engineers to develope their knowledge and their skills in subject areas not available to them in their previous education.
The Advanced Structural Engineering programme at Newcastle combines a thorough grounding in analysis techniques and design with training in the areas of structural dynamics, the theory of structures and numerical methods. Core subjects are offered in both M.Sc. (course code: 9282) and Diploma programmes (course code: 9640). An induction module and Theory of Structures C (CIV334) are common to both courses with additional core subjects - Finite Element Theory (CIV433) and Structural Dynamics (CIV435) - included in the M.Sc. From the full course list (defined in the M.Sc. regulations and Diploma regulations) a host of modules are offered which enable the flexible selection of additional advanced subjects relevant to individual requirements. A research project and submission of a dissertation concludes the Diploma and M.Sc. programmes in Structural Engineering.
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