Module title: Building Engineering and Construction Mathematics

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV07103
Module leader: Michael Lee
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Michael Lee
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Lectures are supported by comprehensive student notes (9 Teaching Units) written in DL format (available on WebCT). Tutorials are based around self assessment questions contained in the Teaching Units. Tutorials are interactive with discussion about the solutions to the questions posed.
Students are encouraged to read outside the Teaching Units and have weekly directed reading.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
The key skills developed are necessary to provide students with the fundamental knowledge of structural mechanics and environmental engineering, including basic mathematics utilised. Interaction with structural/ environmental engineers becomes a Design team necessity for Surveyors/Contruction Managers on site.
Research skills, time management skills, numeracy skills, written communication skills, report presentation skills.
The coursework assessment generates material which could be used in an employment interview situation.
A thorough knowledge of the building engineering in relation to building performance makes students employable in many professional capacities in the construction and property industries.

Assessment (formative and summative)
3 maths tests - Test 1 (Minitab) - week 4; Test 2 (Derive) - week 9; Test 3 (Walter) - week 12. Formative assessment in week 13 in the form of a calculation exercise.

Research/ teaching linkages
Close links are maintained with the Building Performance Centre (BPC) at Napier University. This includes reference to research papers and guest lecturing from Centre staff.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 48
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 116
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 17 1,2 4 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Class Test 17 1,2 1 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Class Test 16 1,2 1 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Class Test 50 3-6 13 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Construction Mathematics
Foundation mathematics including number bases algebra, trigonometry and mensuration, logarithmic theory, basic statistics.
Structural Mechanics
Forces and resultants, stress, strain and elasticity, beam reactions, shear force and bending moment diagrams for beams.
Environmental Engineering
Thermal conductivity, resistivity, resistance and U-values. Fabric and ventilation heat loss from simple buildings. Vapour pressure, moisture content, absolute and relative humidity, dewpoint and condensation, measurement of humidity. Sound propogation, sound pressure, intensity and power, decibel scales, sound and distance relationships, sound absorption and reflection, reverberation time, directivity factor, direct and reverberant fields in rooms, room constant, calculation of room sound pressure levels.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: manipulate algebraic equations and formulae which may involve log indices;
LO2: solve problems involving trigonometry, mensuration and statistics;
LO3: apply structural mechanics principles to the solution of problems in strength of materials, bending and
shear;
LO4: understand the relationships of parameters in psychrometry and their influence on condensation in
buildings;
LO5: calculate fabric and ventilation heat losses from simple buildings;
LO6: apply the principles of acoustics to the calculation of room reverberation times and room sound
pressure levels.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - DURKA, F. AL NAGEIM, H. (HASSAN) (2003) STRUCTURAL MECHANICS:

: PEARSON - PRENTICE HALL, 6th ed. - ISBN: 9780582431652
Recommended - MCMULLAN, R. (2007) ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE IN BUILDING: PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, 6th ed. - ISBN: 9780230525368
Recommended - PETERS, R.J. SMITH, B.J. HOLLINS, M. (2011) ACOUSTICS AND NOISE CONTROL:

: ROUTLEDGE, 7th ed. - ISBN: 9780273724681
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