CONS08010 2019 Complex Structures & Civil Engineering Construction Technology

General Details

Full Title
Complex Structures & Civil Engineering Construction Technology
Transcript Title
Complex Structures & Civil Eng
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Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Colin Birney, Owen Feeney
Programme Membership
SG_JQUAN_K08 201900 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_JQNTY_K08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying

This module aims at providing the learner with an understanding Civil Works involved with complex structures and Civil Engineering projects.

Learning Outcomes

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


Identity and understand temporary and false works required for difficult sites and deep excavations


Describe substructure works required for complex buildings


Describe site development works for roads and footways



Describe drainage works for foul, storm and water supply services.


Describe process and structures involved in water treatment & wastewater treatment plant construction

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered primarily using traditional and online lectures using blended learning techniques. This will include independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student-learning needs. A learning platform such as Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. tutorial recordings plus supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. uploading assignments and projects). This blended approach (lectures and pre-recorded tutorials) allows students work at their own pace.

Module Assessment Strategies

  • Mid term summative and formative assessment
  • Summative project 
  • Summative Final exam 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat outstanding project work for Autumn exam board and repeat Final exam in Autumn repeat exams.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Pile foundations, contiguous pile walls
  2. Retaining Walls
  3. Basement constructionWaterproofing and Concrete Joints.
  4. False-work Demolitions/Alterations, Shoring techniques
  5. Underpinning and settlement remedial works. Ground improvement techniques.
  6. Wastewater and water Treatment plant Construction
  7. Road construction, Paths Pavings, Site development works, Highway.
  8. Drainage - Manholes, Drain RunsServices Ductwork

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 Mid term test Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 10 % Week 6 1,2,3
2 Project Project Project 30 % 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 Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016 Building Construction Handbook Eleventh Edition
ISBN 1315695170 ISBN-13 9781315695174
Required Reading
2012 Advanced Construction Technology Heinemann Educational Publishers
ISBN 0435046837 ISBN-13 9780435046835

The authors provide a comprehensive and practical presentation to many aspects of construction practice, as applied to buildings for industrial and commercial purposes. The book covers site works, plant and equipment, substructure, demolition and temporary work, and much more.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

See book list

Journal Resources


URL Resources,2451,en.pdf


Other Resources


Additional Information