SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1K224589
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

Aim of this module is to gain knowledge and understanding of the construction of the low-rise domestic buildings including the service provisions


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Introduction to site investigation : Classification of rocks, soil types- relationship to bearing capacities,-Site appraisal- preparation and temporary services. Foundation : Functions, classification, soil treatment- underpinning construction. Super Structure : Load bearing, non-load bearing masonry, timber framed walls and construction Roofs : Flat and pitched roofs and roof coverings Flooring : In-situ, pre-cast and complex concrete ground and suspended floors; resilient and raised access floors Secondary Elements of a Building : Stairs, Window-door openings, finishes -Wall and floor finishes, Services - Electrical- water supply - drainage system, Interaction between the building fabric and services, Functional and legislative requirements of low rise buildings and related services. Above and below ground drainage for rainwater and foul systems. Interaction between the building fabric and services.Introduction to specification writing and utilisation of the National Building Specification (NBS) and Co-ordinated Project Information (CPI).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:" Identify the functional requirements of the external envelope, internal components and services elements of a low rise building. (A1 all, B3)" Outline the relationship between subsoil conditions and foundation construction (A1 all,B3)" Describe forms of wall, floor and roof construction, finishes and service elements (A1 all and C2, C3)" Apply construction principles and legislation to produce basic design concepts and construction details(B1,B6)" Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanical and electrical services required for low rise buildings(A1 all and C2, C3) " Compare alternative construction and services proposals(A1 all ,B1 B2 B3 ,C1 C2,C3)" Demonstrate understanding of the interaction between the building fabric and services(A1 all ,B1 B2 B3 ,C1 C2,C3)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures provide the basic theoretical concepts of building construction and services. They will be complemented by structured tutorials where videos and digital photographs will be used to show examples of site practice. Students will have access to drawing studios, CAD laboratory, and black board and library facilities of the college. This includes digital information such as Construction Information Service Online Tutorials taking place involving sketching classes for the preparation of construction specifications and details.

Indicative Reading

-360 1. Andrew J. Charlett, 2007 'Fundamental Building Technology. Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, UK 2. Chudley R, Greeno Roger 1999 ' Construction technology 3rd ed' Pearson Higher Education Riley 3. Chudley Roy, Greeno Roger 2001 ' Building Construction ' Handbook 4th Ed Butterworth Ltd 4. Fred, 2004, ' Building Services and Equipment 3rd Edition Vol 1, Pearson Higher Education Longman Hall, Mike, Howard CA 2002. ' Construction Technology 1' House Construction, Palgrave Macmillan.

Transferrable Skills

Development of problem-solving and application of knowledge to same Effective communication: written, graphical and oral Effective use of Information Technology Effective time management Independent working

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Lectures (FT) 58.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Assessment (FT) 14.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 15.00 35% Mini Project: Individual task where the student has to prepare a mini report on types of doors and windows for buildings in Oman. The word limit is limited to 1000 words
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Unseen written examination-2Hours
Coursework 2 n/a 15.00 35% Design Exercise: Individual task to design a staircase based on given dimensions (allotted dimensions are different for each student) according to Muscat Municipality regulations and prepare plan and elevation by manual or AutoCAD drawing.
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35%  Unseen written examination-1½ Hours