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CEG2303 : Construction Materials (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide a broad understanding of the properties of civil and structural engineering materials and their application in design and construction.

Outline Of Syllabus

Steel, concrete and timber will be covered in detail, with coverage of the key considerations for more advanced materials such as glass, aluminium, fabrics, films, polymers and composites.
The properties of engineering materials will be explained by consideration of the underlying material science (metallurgy, concrete technology, timber structure & behaviour) and manufacturing processes. These properties include: strength, stiffness, failure behaviour (brittle or ductile), creep, durability, robustness, weight, cost, variability, availability, dynamic response and fatigue, embodied energy, aesthetics, speed of construction, thermal mass, waterproofness, re-use and recycling. The environmental impact of construction materials will be compared, and options to reduce environmental impact will be considered. Where appropriate these properties will be explored through practical laboratories. Utilisation of materials in construction will be considered with reference to the required material properties for each type of construction. For example, the forms of concrete construction (mass, reinforced, pre- or post-tensioned, in-situ, precast, fibre reinforced, shotcrete) will be discussed in terms of the required material properties for each form of construction and how those properties can be achieved. A wide range of case studies of existing structures and infrastructure projects will be used as a basis for discussion and analysis of materials selection for engineering applications, based on relative performance of materials and the impact of material properties on design.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:2024:00Online non-synchronous, pre-recorded video-lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam (computer based online)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Present-in-person laboratory on materials behaviour
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Online synchronous workshops in small groups, involving using software and presenting results
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:206:00Online non-synchronous pre-recorded materials, including e.g. VLE quizzes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study137:3037:30Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk90:406:00Online synchronous sessions to introduce the course, guide to assessment, and conclude the course
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to convey essential information
Workshops are used to encourage discussion of options for material selection case studies
Practicals provides hands-on active learning and reinforce classroom based learning

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M10090 minutes online multiple choice and numerical exercises exam
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Report1MIntegrated VLE quizzes with feedback, throughout the module
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The multiple choice question examination will include both fundamental materials science and selection of materials for civil engineering applications. If will also assess learning outcomes from the lab-related activities

The formative assessment will reinforce the students learning throughout the semester, with quizzes and exercises being associated to individual lectures and activities, and feedback on those being provided.

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