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BULD6010 - Construction Technology

Title:Construction Technology
Long Title:Construction Technology
Module Code:BULD6010
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Building Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: GER KELLY
Module Author: GER KELLY
Module Description: This course in Construction Technology aims to provide students with an ability to interpret construction drawings in concrete and steel and to understand how services may be integrated into common structural forms. The course will also give an understanding of the impact of building form, structure and materials on the energy efficiency of buildings. Initially the students are introduced to the principles of surveying and leveling in particular. Conventions in the structural detailing of reinforced concrete are described and different scenarios for the integration of services into steel framed buildings outlined. The design of structural elements for fire protection is described. Strategies for passive cooling of buildings, and the conservation of fuel in buildings according to current building regulations is described. The course has a practical programme where students will learn how to setup a level and determine the reduced level of a closed survey and calculate gradients of the ground or trenches. Where possible site tours will be arranged to view different construction details, and students will be expected to write a report of the site visit.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate competence in the use of levelling equipment and the application of levelling principles.
LO2 Interpret concrete or steel construction drawings and detailing
LO3 Recognise the impact of building form and materials on energy efficiency in buildings
LO4 Calculate the required level of fire protection for structural elements
LO5 Identify and discuss strategies and criteria for integration of services into structural elements
Pre-requisite learning
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.
No incompatible modules listed
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.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Principles of Surveying:
Introduction to surveying, linear surveying, levelling instruments, levelling procedure using rise and fall method, levelling procedure using height of collimination method, errors in levelling
Reinforced concrete construction and detailing
Concrete as a construction material, constituents of concrete, types of reinforcement including tension, shear and fabric reinforcement, detailing of reinforcement on construction drawings with particular emphasis on foundations, beams, columns and slabs, service integration.
Steel construction and detailing
Properties of steel, steel sections, Steel framed buildings, Portal frames construction details including bracing, beam to column connections, haunches, bolted joints, foundation bolts analysis, introduction to limit state design, design of steel framed buildings for service integration
Fire protection of structures
History of fire protection, physics and chemistry of fire, fire resistance and the structural failure of buildings, fire protection to structural steel, calculation of section factors, service penetrations.
Energy efficiency in buildings
Ethical considerations. Natural Ventilation Strategies in non domestic buildings Selecting a natural ventilation strategy, driving forces for natural ventilation, single, double, cross and stack ventilation, calculations for stack ventilation, case studies. Passive Solar Design Different types of shading, solar control glazing, advanced fenestration, ventilation and thermal mass, impact on building form and structure Conservation of Fuel and energy in dwellings Compliance with document L wrt elemental heat loss, overall heatloss and heat energy rating methods and calculations, thermal bridging
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation surveying practical 1 15.0 Week 3
Written Report Sustainable development or Site Visit 3 15.0 Week 8
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

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
Lecture Lectures and practicals 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) self directed learning 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lectures and Practical 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self Directed Learning 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government 2011, Technical Guidance Document L Conservation of Fuel and Energy, STATIONERY OFFICE
  • Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, 2005, Natural Ventilation in Non-domestic Buildings, CIBSE [ISBN: 9781903287569]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • R. Chudley, Mike Hurst, Simon Topliss Roger Greeno 2012, Advanced Construction Technology, 5th Ed., Heinemann [ISBN: 0435046837]
  • WilliamvIrvine 2005, Surveying for Construction, 5th Ed., McGraw Hill Higher Education [ISBN: ISBN13: 9780077111144]
  • Roy Chudley, Rodger Greeno 2005, Construction Technology, 4/e Ed., Prentice Hall [ISBN: ISBN-13: 9780131286429]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EBENS_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Building Energy Systems 4 Mandatory
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 2 Elective
CR_EBSEN_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Building Services Engineering 4 Mandatory
CR_EBSEN_6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Building Services Engineering 4 Mandatory

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