The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 74 (1996) > Issues > Issue 22 > A Strategy for Teaching Structural Engineering Design
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A Strategy for Teaching Structural Engineering Design

The paper sets out the strategy adopted by the authors for the teaching of structural engineering design within an undergraduate course, and the approach adopted for implementation of that strategy. The strategy is evolved from consideration of the factors that make a design ‘difficult’, and develops through a progression in the ‘difficulty‘ faced in arriving at rational design decisions. Specific examples are provided of set exercises used in the development of the progression. The approaches used in assessment of student performance are also described. J. Cairns and T.M. Chrisp