Engineering

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ECM2108 - Construction Methods and Materials (2015)

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MODULE TITLEConstruction Methods and Materials CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM2108 MODULE CONVENERDr Diego Gomez (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 weeks 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 36
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module offers you the chance to specialise in civil engineering for the first time, introduces you to new skills, such as surveying and provides you with the opportunity to gain career counselling from professional engineers. Bringing together all the civil engineering elements learned over the first three semesters, the module gives you the chance to see how these skills fuse together through design exercises and fieldwork. Furthermore, the module brings civil engineering materials, such as steel and concrete, into focus, and you will undertake projects that build on your conceptual design techniques, by devising a railway footbridge and a sustainable urban drainage system.

 

In addition, you will get the chance to forge personal industry links, by professionally networking with and acquiring career advice from industry visitors, and attending lectures run by the Institution of Civil Engineers This module encourages you to apply all the knowledge you have learned during your programme so far, and gives you the confidence to merge these skills with new practice. Finally, the module will equip you with surveying skills, improve your design and conceptual design methods, enhance your knowledge of man-made civil engineering materials and improve your understanding of construction health and safety issues.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The intentions of this module are to raise your awareness of the design process in Civil Engineering and introduce procedures for systematic design. It also aims to give you knowledge of the manufacture and properties of man made civil engineering materials, particularly for their use and suitability in construction. Furthermore, it is designed to help you comprehend the principles and practice of engineering surveying and its relevance to the construction process. In addition, it teaches you the statutory obligations for safety incumbent on all those working in Civil Engineering. Finally, it links your academic studies with construction industry processes and the civil engineering profession.

 

This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the  educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC).


This module correlates to references S4, P1, P2, P3, P6 and P7. These references are indices of the specific learning outcomes expected of Bachelors/MEng/Masters candidates set out in UK-SPEC, codified with reference to systems used by professional accrediting institutions. A full list of the standards can be found on the Engineering Council's website, at http://www.engc.org.uk




 

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1 plan, conduct and assess routine civil engineering survey work;
2 understand design principles including basic optimisation methods, and apply this knowledge to simple civil engineering systems;
3 appreciate the properties of materials and their selection for the common range of civil engineering applications;
4 recognise the requirements and priorities of civil engineering professionals and their professional institutions.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
5 comprehend precision measurement and error control in practical work;
6 apply theoretical understanding and models to engineering design in a systematic way.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:
7 demonstrate advanced research and report writing skills;
8 show enhanced teamwork skill;
9 reveal improved precision in observation and data handling.

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 55.00 Guided Independent Study 95.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 11 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 6 Workshops
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 10 Tutorials
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 16 Laboratories
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 12 Fieldwork
Guided independent study 95 Lecture and assessment preparation; wider reading

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Not applicable      
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework – two design exercises 33 20 hours 2,6 and 8 Written comments on the coursework; Oral feedback from tutors in classroom
Coursework – three fieldwork exercises and associated workshops 33 20 hours 1,5,8 and 9 Written comments on the submitted report; Feedback and guidance from tutors during the fieldwork
Coursework – materials investigation and report 12 3000 to 4000 words 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Written comments on group report and BART sheet
Coursework – library study and report 12 BEng: 1000 + 200 words
MEng: 1500 + 300 words
4,7,9 Individual comments on report and BART sheet
Coursework – log book 10 A4 size logbook documenting work done on the module 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Individual comments on the logbook entries and BART sheet

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Coursework (100%) All Completed over summer with a deadline in August
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

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

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk


 

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 (NQF level 5) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 09 January 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Surveying; construction management; conceptual design; civil engineering profession.