Module Title:   Construction Materials

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG1306M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Construction & Environment (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr X Dai

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr M Mohamed

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

Aims:
Introduce basic concepts and develop an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials including geotechnical materials (soils, rocks) and structural construction materials (concrete, timber and masonry etc).

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Concepts and principles are introduced in lectures. Understanding is further enhanced in laboratory sessions and field visits. Oral feedback will be given during the laboratory sessions. Basic knowledge is assessed via a MCQ class test. Understanding and skills are assessed via a technical report covering both the laboratory practicals and the field visits, in which the specified learning outcomes are addressed.

Lectures:   24.00          Directed Study:   63.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   4.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   8.00          Formal Exams:   1.00          Total:   100.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Describe basic characteristics of soils and rocks. Relate engineering properties of timber, masonry and concrete to their engineering application. Basic understanding of the design principles of concrete mixes according to specifications.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Perform at a competent level in the laboratory and in the field, including interpretation of related data. Specify common used construction materials to relevant European and British Codes of Practice.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Interpret data to solve simple problems with relation to relevant specifications.

  Classroom test   30%
 
  MCQ class test
  Coursework   70%
 
  Technical report on laboratory work and fieldwork 1500 words
  Coursework   100%
 
  Supplementary: Technical report on laboratory work and fieldwork 2000 words

Outline Syllabus:
The rock cycle, rock types: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic, rock classification; structural geology: folds and faults, , formation of soils: erosion, and ground water, basic characteristics of soils and soil classification including Atterberg limits, geo-material costs; Ability to recognize different types of rock and soil in the natural environment; Understanding of the usage and importance of natural resources; engineering application. Aggregates: properties, grading and their determination.

Concrete: controlling factors of fresh concrete, properties and their determination, admixtures, strength, moisture related movement, permeation, durability, relationship between `labcrete` and `realcrete`, relationship of engineering properties to microstructure of concrete, concrete mix design; Specification, analysis & justification of concrete using relevant European and British Codes of Practice.

Timber: types, characteristic, engineering properties and application.

Masonry: types, characteristic, engineering properties and application.

Sustainability issues associated with the use of various construction materials, energy intensive materials, industrial by-products and waste materials, re-use of construction materials.

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