CONS07035 2013 Construction Technology 1

General Details

Full Title
Construction Technology 1
Transcript Title
Const Tech 1
N/A %
Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Jim McDonough

This module is designed to give students both an understanding of 1) the methods and processes of good building construction and 2) 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 design and construction of buildings.


Apply the principles of good building construction.


Select appropriate building materials and services in building construction.


Apply the building regulations.


Develop knowledge of the importance and practical application of science to building elements and their performance.


Develop knowledge of the importance and practical application of science to materials used in construction work.

Module Assessment Strategies

The Module is delivered via online lectures.

On completion of a series of lectures, learners are required to:

1) Complete online continuous assessment tests.

2) Upload practical exercises and tasks as 'Turnitin'assignments to 'Moodle' on an individual basis.

3) Undertake an appraisal of selected building elements and prepare a written and graphic report.

4) Sit a final end of module exam covering all aspects of the module

Indicative Syllabus

Site Investigations:  Suitability of site, Permissions (documents, applications, appeals), History of site, Adjacent properties, Soil analysis, Safe bearing capacity, Water table.

Substructure:  Foundations,Function, Materials and sizing.

Ground Floors:  Environmental Function, Types, Domestic and Industrial concrete slab floors, In-situ and precast

Upper Floors:  Suspended floors, Sizing, Terminology, Regulations, Assembly, Calculation, Floor Types.

Staircases:  Function, Terminology, Regulations, History, Types, Principal Geometric forms, Components, Assembly 

Walls:  Environmental function, Support function, Types and characteristics (External/Internal), Sound Insulation, Materials, Categories, Performance requirements, Assembly (cavity wall construction), purpose and function of openings to walls and associated junction details. 

Roofs:  Origins, Definition, Forms,Environmental function, Performance characteristics,Types, Flat versus Pitched assembly, Regulations: Thermal Insulation, Ventilation and Fire Restistance, Membranes and Decking, Rooflights.

Ceilings:   Function, Regulations, Types, Components, Assembly 

Building Regulations: Overview and historical framework, Building Act and Enforcement, Format of Regulations, Technical Requirements, Application of Requirements, Amendments wrt Green Technologies.

Ventilation: History, Natural ventilation, Criteria, Rates, Regulations, Control of Air Quality, Strategies. Case studies.

Door and window components:  Typical door/window functions, Performance requirements, Natural Light and Ventilation wrt to door/window, Terminology, Sizes and handling methods, Construction to openings, Regulations (parts B,K,L,M), Specific Standards, Security.

Finishes:  Performance characteristics, Categories: Floors- In-situ, Applied, Timber, Walls- Rendering, Plastering, Drylining Techniques, Glazed Tiles, Ceilings- as per walls, Paints and Wallpapers, Case study investigations reinforcing above. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Multiple Choice Moodle Quiz Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,5,6
2 Written Report Turnitin Assignment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
3 Practical Evaluation Turnitin Assignment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Online 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Individual / Group activities 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Chudley, Roy. & Greeno, Roger, Construction Technology, Essex : Pearson Education Limited, 2011. 5th ed.

Greeno, Roger, Chudley, R., Hurst, M.,Topliss, S. Advanced Construction Technology, Pearson, Nov. 2012. 

Fleming, Eric, Construction Technology: An illustrated introduction, Oxford : Blackwell Science, 2003

Seeley, Ivor H., Building Technology, Houndmills, Basingstoke : Macmillan, 1995. 5th ed

Bryan, Tony. Construction Technology: analysis and choice, Oxford : Blackwell, 2005

Cork County Council, Cork Rural Design Guide, 2003

Riley, Michael, Cotgrave, Allison, Construction Technology 1: House Construction (Building and Surveying Series) May 2008, 2nd Ed.


Other Resources

Buckley, Mary, 1st Cite @ NCI (bibliographies and referencing made easy!), National College of Ireland, Rev Feb 2011

The Architect's Journal is a weekly architectural magazine published by Emap, London. The subjetcs written about include architectural news, new building methods and detailed technical and practice features.

Registering an account with Ebrary at IT Sligo Library will permit access to over 600 ebooks.

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