TECH06010 2013 Construction and Architectural Technology

General Details

Full Title
Construction and Architectural Technology
Transcript Title
Const and Arch Tech
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Subject Area
TECH - Technology
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rowan Watson, Owen Feeney
Programme Membership
SG_JINTE_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Architectural Design SG_VINTE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201400 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_JINTE_H08 201400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA 1 SG_VARCH_H08 201800 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) in Architecture in Architecture

This Module aims to:

  • Introduce the building regulations that are relevant to design and construction.
  • Introduce the fundamental principles and systems of construction used in small scale construction. Key to this approach will be cover the main elements of a building under structural stability, keeping water out, moderating temperature and heat loss, durability, environmental and ethical design, sustainability.


Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate the ability to reference and apply relevant building regulations to simple problems in the context of small scale buildings.


Apply fundamental systems and principles of construction to the detailing of substructure for small scale buildings.


Apply fundamental systems and principles of construction to the detailing of superstructure for small scale buildings.


Demonstrate an understanding of superstructure finishes for small scale buildings.


Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a team in a construction related project.

Module Assessment Strategies

1.    An illustrated report on masonry and timber frame construction which uses annotated details, 3D sketches, photographs of models (constructed in class) and photographs from site visits to document live case studies from foundation to roof. This report is a compiled from practical work and site visits.

Although students will review detailed typologies which are currently common in Ireland/UK, these will be compared to developing low energy typologies and to live and exemplar case studies.

2.     Apply building regulations in the context of the design of specified part of a building.

3.     Continuous Assessment tests.

Indicative Syllabus


  1. Construction project team personnel:- brief introduction to roles.
  2. Introduction to building control, regulations and standards, application of Technical Guidance Documents to the design of a specific part of a building.
  3. A brief introduction to Substructure: - types of foundations and context in which used - (strip, raft, pad, and pile foundations); also retaining walls - types and contexts.
  4. An introduction to super structure and the external envelope focussing on a strategy of keeping water out, heat in, structural stability and practical environmentally ethical material choices. Small scale timber framed buildings.
  5. Floors:- Floating and suspended ground floors and upper floors (approaches to structure, damp proofing, insulation, finishes and junctions).
  6. Roofs:- Types and terminology (truss roofs/cut roofs; members and functions for small scale builidngs); approaches to weather proofing, ventilation and insulation (cold and warm roofs).

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Multiple Choice Moodle quizs Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Continuous Assessment Class tests Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
3 Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theory lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial or Assessments 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN independent learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources





Chudley Roy

Building Construction Handbook




House Building Manual 7th Edition

National House Building Guarantee


Government Publications Office.

Building Regulations & Technical Guidance Documents.

Government Publications Office.


Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government

Recommendations for site development works

Government Publications Office.


Other Resources

Library databases including British Standards and IHS

Additional Information