SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1K224587
Module Leader Agnieszka Klemm
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces commonly used construction materials covering their properties and engineering applications. Further it provides standard methods of measurement and elementary measurement techniques with an introduction to relevant quantity measurement using KATO estimation software.


Materials Concrete: constituent materials, properties of fresh and hardened concrete; concrete specifications; grades of concrete; cement based composite materials. Concrete block work - solid and hollow. Special Cements: Rapid hardening Portland cement, Sulphate resisting cement, Masonry cement, Water proof Portland cement, white Portland cement, colour Portland cement, hydrophobic cement, air entraining cement, expansive cement, High alumina cement, magnesium phosphate cement. Special Concretes: Light weight concrete, Ultra light weight concrete, vacuum concrete, mass concrete, Roller compacted concrete, Waste material based concrete, Shotcrete concrete, Ferro cement, Fiber reinforced concrete, polymer concrete composite, sulphur concrete, sulphur infiltrated concrete, High performance concrete, High density concrete, self -compacting concrete, Ready mix concrete. Admixtures: Functions of admixtures, Classification of admixtures, physical requirement of admixtures, Mineral admixtures Metals in Construction : Properties of common metals, fabrication methods. Miscellaneous materials; Ceramics, Polymers, Timber, Bitumen Measurement Measurement conventions. Basic Measurement, including centre-line girthing. Introduction to the use of SMM7 and other relevant codes in practice. Measurement of basic-substructures including earthworks, concrete and masonry. Measurement of basic-superstructure including walls and partitions.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module , the students should be able to:" Demonstrate an understanding of concrete, hollow- block work, timber, steel and other commonly used metals, alloys and polymeric materials for construction.(A5, B3, C2, D1)." Describe the characteristics of construction materials, their structure and their main properties - strength and failure, durability and deformation (A3, A4, A5, B5, B6, C2, C5, D1, D3, D6)." Apply specification associated with construction materials. (A4, A5, B2, C2, C5, D1)." Understand the applications of these construction materials and be able to select the appropriate materials for specific use and environmental conditions.(A5, B6, C5, D4, D6)." Understand and apply the principles of measurement and good practice (A1, A4, A7, B1, B2, B7, C1, C2, D1, D3, D4, D6)." Interpret and apply formalised codes of measurement practice in the production of bills of quantities (A1, A4, A7, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, D1, D3, D4, D6).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to student's needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module. Materials Theoretical concepts and principles are taught by lectures and tutorials. The concepts are augmented by practical demonstrations / field visits to provide practical knowledge of construction materials. Measurement Lectures, Tutorials and workshops enable students to practice measurement and documentation principles under supervision, utilizing drawn information and published guidelines. Appropriate training on KATO software is provided to strengthen their computing skills in basic measurement.

Indicative Reading

Reference Book: -360 1. Jackson N., Dhir R., 2002. Civil Engineering Materials ,5 th ed., MacMillan Press. 2. SMM7: A code of Procedure for measurement of Building Works , The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Building Employers' Confederation (2000); Further Reading: -360 1. Illston J M, P L J Domone., 2002. Construction Materials, Their Nature and Behaviour., E and F N Spon, London. 2. Taylor GD., 2000. Materials in Construction ,3 rd ed., Longman. 3. Ivor H Seeley & Roger Winfield .,1999. Building Quantities Explained , 5 th ed., Macmillan. Willis,A&Trench,W.,2001. Willis' Elements of Quantity Surveying ,11 th ed., Blackwell Science.

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Critical thinking and problem solving b7 Cognitive/intellectual skills b7 Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject. b7 Learning style and orientation to learning b7 Time management (organising and planning work) b7 Independent working b7 Information retrieval skills b7 Group working

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45%  Unseen written examination-2Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Assignment-written report 2000 words
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Midterm Test - Unseen written - 1½ Hours