Core Module Information
Module title: Building Pathology

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV08126
Module leader: Grant Sinclair
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

Survey, sampling, testing and diagnosis of common defects.
Underground - foundation shrinkage and swelling, drainage systems.
Examination of causes of common failure in the external building envelope (foundations, walls, roof, windows, doors etc):finishes (internal and external); services.
External works deterioration.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1 make distinctions and observations relating to transitional building techniques in order to identify causes of building/building element failure:
LO2 express and extend an understanding of the consequences of foundation failure and changing ground conditions;
LO3 estimate and examine specific material/building element performance characteristics in order to determine optimum remedial/maintenance solution;
LO4 identify structures/circumstances which contravene regulatory requirements and recommend appropriate action;
LO5 consider and describe appropriate remedial works and subsequent intervention where buildings insurance claims occur.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, 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: Grant Sinclair
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 38
Face To Face Fieldwork 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 156
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Practical 30 3,4,5 9 HOURS= 03.00
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 70 1,2,4 14/15 HOURS= 02.00
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

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