Module title: Construction Methods

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CTR09131
Module leader: Kenneth Leitch
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Civil and Transportation
Prerequisites

none

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kenneth Leitch
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Primarily the students will be educated over a broad spectrum of issues which relate to construction by means of project case studies, presentations from industry, site visits and lectures.
Guest lectures from industrialists will enhance the employability and PDP aspects of the student experience by providing them with an awareness of state-of-the-art developments in modular and automated construction techniques.
Formal lectures and class tutorials are used to deliver content and offer face to face support. Directed study tasks encourage integration of key reading material.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Module content is developed in consultation with employers.
Guest speakers offer the opportunity for networking and development of job search strategy.
Communication and report-writing skills are developed through the continuous assessment component

Assessment (formative and summative)
Formative and summative assessment is carried out through the coursework and end of module examination.
Staff undertake scholarly and research activities in related areas.
Relevant research findings are delivered within the module.

Supporting equality and diversity
All materials are available on WebCT to cater for the diverse student group.
Academic supervision and tutorial support are available each taught week of the module to support students.

Internationalisation
The content of the module provides all international students with an understanding of UK practice.
International case studies are cited as appropriate.
International students are encouraged to discuss practices adopted in their home nation.

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 24
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Practical Skills Assessment 50 3,4 12 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

• Evolution of construction methods, from timber cruck frames to modern day high rise.
• Small scale construction (one off houses) to major construction projects.
• Open craft produced systems to closed manufactured systems.
• Principles of Latham & Egan and the findings of the Barker Reports.
• The sustainability agenda and whole life cycle analysis.
• Revised structural codes of practice and design procurement methods.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: assess how construction has evolved and the drivers behind the evolutionary process;
LO2: select appropriate construction methods and how this impacts upon the procurement process;
LO3: discuss the effects that legislation and revised structural codes of practice have on construction methods;
LO4: critically assess methods of construction taking into consideration a multitude of influencing aspects.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORT AND THE REGIONS, LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM) (1998) RETHINKING CONSTRUCTION THE REPORT OF THE CONSTRUCTION TASK FORCE TO THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, JOHN PRESCOTT, ON THE SCOPE FOR IMPROVING THE QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY OF UK CONSTRUCTION.: DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY, 1st ed.
Core - HAIRSTANS, R (2015) BUILDING OFFSITE: AN INTRODUCTION A REPORT BY THE UK COMMISSION FOR SKILLS AND EMPLOYMENT, 1st ed.
Core - HARRIS, R. THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEER (2004) : THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Vol. 82, 1st ed.
Core - DAVISON, B. & OWENS, G. W. (2012) STEEL DESIGNERS' MANUAL (7TH ED.)[CHAPTERS 4 - SINGLE STOREY BUILDINGS, 5 - MULTI STOREY BUILDINGS, 33 - FABRICATION, 34 - ERECTION]: WILEY-BLACKWELL, 1st ed.
Core - BRITISH CONSTRUCTIONAL STEELWORK ASSOCIATION LTD (2003) STEEL BUILDINGS[CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION TO STEEL CONSTRUCTION, 3 - SINGLE STOREY BUILDINGS, 4- MULTI STOREY BUILDINGS, 7 - STEEL SPECIFICATION, 11 - FABRICATION, 14 - ERECTION, 16 - INFORMATION], 1st ed.
Core - CROOK, R. N. & DAY, R. I (2008) CONCRETE PRACTICE : GUIDANCE ON THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF CONCRETING, CAMBERLEY: CONCRETE SOCIETY, 1st ed.
Recommended - PROVERBS, D. G., HOLT, G. D., & CHEOK, H. Y., PROVERBS, D. G., HOLT, G. D., & CHEOK, H. Y., (2000) 01/Sep/2013 PROCEEDINGS OF THE 16TH ANNUAL ARCOM CONFERENCE, (PP. 73-81). - CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY PROBLEMS: THE VIEWS OF UK CONSTRUCTION DIRECTORS: GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY
Recommended - PORTEOUS, J. & KERMANI, A (2013) STRUCTURAL TIMBER DESIGN TO EUROCODE 5 [CHAPTER 1: TIMBER AS A STRUCTURAL MATERIAL]: BLACKWELL, 1st ed.
Recommended - BLASS, H. J (1995) TIMBER ENGINEERING STEP 1: BASIS OF DESIGN, MATERIAL PROPERTIES, STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS AND JOINTS [LECTURE A5 - TIMBER IN CONSTRUCTION]: CENTRUM HOUT, 1st ed.
Recommended - BRITISH CONSTRUCTIONAL STEELWORK ASSOCIATION LTD (2007) NATIONAL STRUCTURAL STEELWORK SPECIFICATION FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION, 1st ed.
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