TECH06016 2019 Construction Technology

General Details

Full Title
Construction Technology
Transcript Title
Construction Technology
N/A %
Subject Area
TECH - Technology
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
Owen Feeney, Tomas O Flaherty, David Collery, Patrick Naughton
Programme Membership
SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVI_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECVIL_B07 202000 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering

This introductory module focuses on civil engineering technology. Topics examined include introductions to: site earthworks, foundations, retaining walls and basements, superstructure for high-rise and industrial buildings and thermal efficiency of buildings.

Learning Outcomes

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


Define typical site and tempory works required to realise a building project.


Describe and illustrate the main parts of a building's substructure and superstructure.


Create BIM models of buildings, including integrated basement, foundations and superstructure.


Describe the factors that affect the thermal performance of buildings and calculate U values for buildings.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered to full-time learners through formal lectures and practical classes

Module Assessment Strategies

This modules is 50% project work and 50% final examination at the end of the semester. The project work is completed in both groups and individually. 

The sizing the slice method of group assessment (Clelford & Hopkins, 2014) will be used to allocate marks to the individual members of the project group. A copy of this method of allocating marks will be given to the students at the start of the module. 

Clelford, T. & Hopkins, A., 2014. Sizing the Slice: Assessing Individual Performance in Group Projects, CEBE Funded Case Study retrieved on 5/12/2014 from http://www‑ type=resources&newid=casestudies/cebe/sizing_the_slice&site=cebe

Repeat Assessments

Learners who fail the end of module terminal examination will have the opportunity to resit the examination during the repeat examination session.

Learners who fail the project work will be given an opportunity to resubmit the project for the repeat examination session.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Site and temporary works, subsoil drainage, trench safety and excavation support, scaffolding; types, safety.
  2. Introduction to substructure for framed buildings: types of foundations; piles, strips, raft, pads, underpinning, root damage.
  3. Introduction to; sheet piling, contiguous piling, secant piling, diaphragm walls and bentonite slurry walls, basement construction, water retaining structures, construction joints, waterbars.
  4. Introduction to framed building superstructure; types; skeleton frames, portal frames, space frames, floors and cladding systems.
  5. Thermal efficiency of buildings; sustainable and low energy design; insulation types and uses, advantages of maximising insulation; introduction to Energy ratings, U values and basic calculation for elements, airtightness, cold bridging, junctions and details to minimise cold bridging and air leakage.


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 Project work Project Project 50 % OnGoing 3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,2,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Computer Laboratory Project work in BIM and CAD 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources





Chudley Roy

Building Construction Handbook



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.


Journal Resources


URL Resources


Other Resources

Library databases including British Standards.

Additional Information