General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Anthony Massie
Programme Membership
SG_TADWO_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Adv Wood Sust Building Tech SG_CCONS_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Economics SG_JQUAN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_SAPCT_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Construction Technology 1 SG_SCONS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology SG_SACON_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Construction Technology SG_CCEOL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Construction Economics (Add-On) SG_JQUAN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying

This module is designed to give students further understanding of the methods and processes of small scale building construction and the importance of sustainable building practices.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate  knowledge of the functions, principles and environmental constraints on the construction of small scale buildings.


Develop knowledge, and apply added principles, of good building construction. 


Apply the Building Regulations.


Demonstrate knowledge of the importance and practical application of sustainable building methods used in building construction.


 Develop knowledge of the application of appropriate Finishes to small scale buildings.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Blended Learning Techniques will be used to deliver this module:
(i)  Lecture
(ii) Workshop
(iii) Site visits, where appropriate and if time and funds allow
(iv) Moodle Quizzes, Uploading Assignments, Journals. Moodle is also a repository of materials for this module.
(v) Independent Learning



Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 40% Continuous Assessment and 60% Final EXAM

(i) Moodle - Quizzes and Assignments using Turnitin, on an individual student basis (40%)
ii) Final Exam (60%)

Repeat Assessments

If Student fails this Module the repeat assessment will include:

(i) REPEAT Moodle - Quizzes and Assignments using Turnitin, on an individual student basis (40%)
ii) REPEAT Final Exam (60%)

Indicative Syllabus

(i) RC Raft slab foundations

(i) Timber-Framed Construction
Structure, Stud sizes, External walls, Fixing membranes and Insulation, Openings, Intermediate floor panels, Notching and drilling. Structural Framing details and Codes of Practice, External wall Finishes, Thermal Insulation, Fire Resistance, Sound Insulation and Sustainability
(ii) Roofs: 


Flat roofs: Domestic span, Frame construction and junction details. Flat roof coverings e.g. sheet metal, asphalt, single ply synthetic materials and prevention of Solar gains. Solid suspended Concrete Slab construction: Structure, condensation controls.

Timber pitched Roofs: Structure-double roof >6m span, preventing excessive deflection. Trussed rafter roof: Support, IS193 & IS/EN 12450, Bracing, Anchoring down,Hipped ends, Lateral restraints, Dormers, Auxiliary details, Panel roofs. Roof Coverings.

Dormer Windows: Types, typical frame construction with connections (Joints/Hangers).

Chimneys and roof-lights, Structure/Stability,Flashing detail to Chimney stack at roof junction, Water cistern.

Walls: Masonry walls, structural insulated panels, insulated concrete forms, cross laminated timber, cob, straw bale, rammed earth, hempcrete.

Engineered Wood products (EWPs): i-joists, web joists, glue-laminated timber.

(iii) Heat Transfer: Technical Guidance Part L (2017). Heat transfer, Thermal insulation, Resistance and Conductivity, Simple U value calculations, Thermal bridging. LEED- Awareness of Sustainable building concepts fundamental to all LEED Rating Systems. NZEB- Awareness of the higher energy building energy performance standards required under EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2010/31/EU) for “nearly zero energy buildings”. 

(iv) Stairs, Ramps and Guards: – BR part K, et al.  Domestic Stairs regulation Compliance, Material Forms in Timber, Concrete (In situ/Precast), Metal, Detailing of complex forms, e.g. String over string, Spiral, Helical. 

(v) Sound: Technical Guidance Part E. Sources and Transmission of Sound, Sound Insulation- Internal Walls and Floors. 




Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Construction Experience Report Continuous Assessment Assignment 10 % Week 3 1,2
2 Building Appraisal Assignment and Presentation Project Assignment 20 % Week 7 1,2,3,4
3 Moodle Quizzes and Journals Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 3.00 Weekly 3.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial 1.00 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning and Research 3.00 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 1.00 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Lecture 1.00 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning and Research 5.00 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
20/06/2019 Building Construction Handbook Routledge

Required Reading
20/06/2019 Advanced Construction Technology Harlow, England ; New York : Prentice Hall

Required Reading
20/05/2019 Construction Technology: analysis and choice , Oxford : Blackwell,

Required Reading
20/08/2019 Construction Technology 1: House Construction (Building and Surveying Series) , Building and Surveying Series

Required Reading
2010-02-22 Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781405188531 ISBN-13 1405188537

This new edition of Barrys Advanced Construction of Buildings retains the emphasis on larger-scale buildings: primarily residential, commercial and industrial buildings constructed with load bearing frames. A considerable amount of new material has been added but the text remains faithful to Barrys original concept of explaining construction technology through key functional and performance requirements for the main elements common to all buildings. Of particular note in this new edition is the expanded coverage of building and construction sustainability. This is now presented within the main body of the text, rather than as a separate chapter. Material relating to the Building Regulations has been brought fully up to date, and there is a more thorough treatment of demolition. The rest of the text has been updated as required, with particular attention paid to the illustrations. Advanced undergraduate students and those working towards similar NQF level 5 and 6 qualifications in building and construction will find this the ideal book with which to continue their study of the subject. See the companion website:

Required Reading
2018-12-03 Sustainable Construction Routledge
ISBN 113820028X ISBN-13 9781138200289

The second edition of Sustainable Construction provides a masterclass on the principles and techniques involved in the design and delivery of practical, affordable, high quality sustainable buildings and places. It presents precedents, theory, concepts and principles alongside 120 wide ranging case studies that highlight current best practice and encourage implementation. Topics in the book include: the history of ideas in sustainable construction policy materials cost issues appraisal techniques environmental design energy water construction processes and urban ecology. The book is heavily illustrated in full colour and is an ideal, contemporary, accessible primer to courses in Architecture, Construction, Building Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Project Management, Landscape, Urbanism and Development.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

And, R., (2019). Building Construction Handbook. 11th Edition. Routledge.

Roger Greeno and Roy Chudley 20/06/2019 Building Construction Handbook Routledge 

, C., , ., , R., (2019). Advanced Construction Technology . 4th ed Edition. Harlow, England ; New York : Prentice Hall.

Chudley, R. &Greeno, Roger, 20/06/2019 Advanced Construction Technology Harlow, England ; New York : Prentice Hall 

Journal Resources


Technical Guidance Documents: all available at this Department of Environment website




Other Resources


Technical Guidance Documents: all available at this Department of Environment website