CONS07036 2013 Construction Technology 2

General Details

Full Title
Construction Technology 2
Transcript Title
Const Tech 2
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 further understanding of the methods and processes of good building construction and the importance of sustainable building practices.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate further knowledge of the functions, principles and environmental constraints on the design and construction of buildings.


Apply added principles of good building construction.


Select additional appropriate building materials and services in building construction.


Further apply the building regulations.


Apply the Construction Regulations.


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


Demonstrate knowledge of the environmental  impact of materials and products and an appreciation of green alternatives.


Demonstrate knowledge of the theory of concrete technology, such as the properties of concrete in the plastic and hardened state, factors influencing its quality control, strength and durability and concrete mix design.

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 a selected building and prepare a written and graphic report.

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

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Framed Structures:  Multi-storied frame buildings, In-situ RC, Precast and prestressed, Steel frame, heavy sections, trusses, portal frames and lattice girders, Timber trusses.

Artificial Lighting:  Definition, Characteristics of good lighting, Purpose, Classification, Typical luminaires and lamps, Energy efficient lighting systems, Characteristics wrt building function, techniques and strategies, Integrated Controls, Product Information.

Daylighting:  Context, Control systems, Daylighting devices and strategies, Daylight Factor definition and components, Case studies: New-build and Retrofit.

Claddings: Function, Aesthetics, Cost, Environment. Categories, Broad classification, Materials, Applications, Fixings and Sealants, Regulations

Glazing: Manufacture, Single and multi-layer, daylight and sunlight control

Concrete Making Materials:  Cement, manufacture of cement, types of cement and use. Hydration. Secondary cementitious materials, ggbs, pfa and silica fume.  Aggregates, types, production, properties, EN 12620, significance of aggregate properties in concrete manufacture. Recycled aggregates. Water for concrete making.  Admixtures.
Fresh concrete: Water-cement ratio, properties of fresh concrete, consistence. Problems arising in fresh concrete. EN 12350. Readymixed concrete. 
EN 206
Formwork and Reinforcement:  Materials used and components of formwork, requirements of formwork. Reinforcement.
Compaction and curing. Concreting in cold weather / hot weather
Properties of hardened concrete, strength and factors influencing strength. EN 12390. Durability, mechanisms of deterioration of concrete.
Specifying concrete. Concrete Mix Design

Timber:  Structural characteristics, Thermal insulation, Fire Insulation, Durability, Appearance, Sound Insulation. Timber frame systems: Types, structural grid, Open vs Closed, Condensation control. Elements of Construction: Component elements, Setting out, Foundations, Rising walls, External/party walls, Intermediate floors, Cavity barriers.

Construction Regulations:  Extracts from Statutory Instrument 504 (2006), Construction Industry Federation's summary of main duties to Construction Regulations (2006), Legal framework, Categories to which regulations apply, Activities and Hazards, Main Provisions, Health and Safety plan/Safety File, Appointment of Project Supervisors, 'Competence' defined.

Energy and Sustainability:  Context, part L (2008), Technologies: Wind, Solar, Heat pump, Insulation, Lighting, Energy Management, Heat recovery, Total energy consumption. Strategies for: Collection, Distribution, Ventilation, Solar control, Natural cooling, Insulation (conservation). Sustainable Energy Ireland guidelines. Goals for energy-efficient building design.


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 Assignment Online Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2
2 Practical Evaluation Turnitin Assignment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 3,4,5,7
3 Assignment Turnitin Assignment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,6,7,8

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

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.

Chudley, R. & Greeno, Roger, Advanced Construction Technology, Harlow, England ; New York : Prentice Hall, 2006. 4th ed.

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

Keyworth, Brian, TRADA Technology.  High Wycombe : Timber Research and Development Association, 1994. 2nd ed

Virdi, Surinder Singh. Construction Science and Materials, Chichester, West Sussex ; Ames, Iowa : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

 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.

Additional Information