Engineering

ECM2108 - Construction Methods and Materials (2010)

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MODULE TITLEConstruction Methods and Materials CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM2108 MODULE CONVENERProf Dragan Savic FREng (Coordinator), Dr Diego Gomez, Dr Prakash Kripakaran, Dr Mohammad Rezania, Prof Guangtao Fu, Dr Asaad Faramarzi, Dr Matthew Baker
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated)
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
To make students aware of the design process in Civil Engineering and introduce procedures for systematic design. To make students aware of the manufacture and properties of 'man-made' civil engineering materials, particularly for their use and suitability in construction. To make students aware of the principles and practice of engineering surveying and its relevance to the construction process. To make students aware of the statutory obligations for safety incumbent on all those working in Civil Engineering. To link the students academic studies with construction industry processes and the civil engineering profession.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
Note: List A comprises core outcomes that will be covered fully in lectures and must be achieved by all students to meet the minimum university requirement for progression. List B comprises outcomes that are EITHER more difficult to achieve OR are to be achieved by private study (or both). All outcomes will be assessed, and coverage of List B outcomes is essential for both BEng and MEng students. [b]A: THRESHOLD LEVEL[/b] Design of simple structures such as frames, girders and gravity dams. Students should be able to go through the process of selecting member sizes and arrangement for simple structures, followed by analysis and subsequent adjustment of the design to achieve good solutions to simple structural design problems. Cement and concrete: manufacture, composition, hydration, workability, strength, durability. Students should be aware of the properties of different types of concrete and how these are influenced by the components of the material. Metallic alloys: steels and aluminium alloys. Types, effects of heat treatment on mechanical properties. Students should be aware of the manufacturing process for steels and other metal alloys and the resulting corrosion resistant and structural properties. Other materials: wood, bitumen. Familiarity with the requirements and priorities of the civil engineering profession, backed up by log book entries on professional lectures attended, site visits and meetings with engineering professionals. Students should be aware of the purpose and details of the Ordnance Survey grid and datum. Use of survey instruments: level, tape, theodolite, EDM. Students should acquire competence in the use of the main survey instruments together with the knowledge and ability to record and process data accurately. [b]B: GOOD TO EXCELLENT[/b] Application of systematic procedures and optimisation methods for achieving good solutions. Selection and specification of appropriate material for a given problem. Understanding of the roles played by different professionals, and of the more general issues considered important by the industry, as evidenced by log book records and comments. Students should know the limitations of the Ordnance Survey grid. Knowledge of sources of error in survey work. Design survey tasks, and analyse survey precision. Skill and accuracy in the use of the main survey instruments.
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Materials: compositions and engineering properties of concrete, steel and other construction materials. Suitability of materials for purpose. Surveying: use of common survey instruments such as theodolite, level, tapes, E.D.M. Data handling and processing. Error resolution. Design of Surveys. Design: design of simple structures. Design rationale and planning. Systematic design and optimisation. Selected institution lectures, lectures and workshops by visiting professors and other external speakers, career counselling by professional civil engineers.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities Guided Independent Study Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES
RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Chudley, R, Greeno, R Building Construction Handbook 8th Elsevier Science and Technology 2010 9781856178051 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 2 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
KEY WORDS SEARCH None Defined