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CRAF6010 - Joinery - Stairs

Title:Joinery - Stairs
Long Title:Joinery - Open and Closed String Stairs
Module Code:CRAF6010
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Craft
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MICHAEL HOURIHAN
Module Author: THOMAS MURRAY
Module Description: This module introduces students to the process of setting out, jointing and assembling closed and cut string stairs. The module incorporates newel posts and handrail.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify correct jointing methods for assembling the different stair components.
LO2 Prepare a working drawing incorporating jointing techniques and moulding detailing.
LO3 Measure and outline material shape and size requirements for the various stair sections.
LO4 Execute to a high finish and tolerance the sawing, chiselling assembly and fitting requirements
LO5 Apply safe working practices with tools and machinery during all workshop operations.
LO6 Set out and make a stairs incorporating winders in compliance with the building regulations.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
No Co Requisites listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Workshop Practice
Conduct a Risk Assessment and use safe working practice in relation to tool and machine operation (portable router, biscuit jointer, jig saw, lathe).
Marking out, Sawing square in both vertical and horizontal planes. Morticing, chiselling fitting, assembly (squaring, twist prevention, gluing and wedging) and finishing.
Natural softwood PAO manufactured boards (facilitation of glass and composite materials).
Single, double and barefaced mortise and tenoning. Housed wedged and dovetailing. Thread bracketing with return nosing.
Setting Out
Preparation of working drawing and setting out boards in accordance with building regulations. Domestic and public stair requirements regarding pitch, rise and going. Transferring joint detailing to materials.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Draw set out and make a closed string stairs including newels 1,2,3,4 40.0 Week 6
Project Design and make a model cut string stairs incorporating handrailing.Considerations to include restricted spaces (winders)and building regulations.Students are required to submit a supporting brief showing the progression through the steps of design, research, concept design and make. 4,5,6 60.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Practical Skills 6.0 Every Week 6.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Revision/review of module content 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • B. Porter & C. Tooke 2005, Carpentry & Joinery, Volume 2, Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Les Goring, 2010, Manual of First and Second Fixing Carpentry, Third Edition, 3rd Ed., Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann. [ISBN: 9781856177689]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • R. Bruce Hoadley 2014, Understanding wood, Taunton Press ; c2000. Newtown, CT [ISBN: 1-56158-358-8]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • http://www.hsa.ie: Health and Safety
  • http://www.hse.co.uk: Health and Safety

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ECTWB_7 Bachelor of Science in Craft Technology (Wood) with Business 3 Mandatory

Cork Institute of Technology
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