SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1K224858
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Standard entry *Please note this module is also delivered in CCEO and they should be notified of any changes to this module.

Summary of Content

Low rise building construction including small frame buildings and their services: site investigation; foundations; underbuilding construction and treatment; internal and external wall construction; floor construction including solid ground floors in concrete and suspended floors in timber and concrete including floor finishes; timber stairs and external steps; fireplaces, chimneys and flues; roof structures and roof coverings; windows and doors; internal and external finishes; electrical supply; heating systems; ; extract ventilation; cold and hot water supply, internal and external drainage.


Introduction to site investigation; classification of rocks and soil types and relationship to bearing capacities. Site appraisal, preparation and temporary services. Foundation types, solum treatment, and underbuilding construction. Load bearing and non-load bearing masonry, timber framed walls and construction. Formation of openings, fireplaces, flues and chimneys. Wall and floor finishes. Floor construction. Timber flat and pitched roofs and roof coverings. Access provision from lower to upper levels. Window and door openings and construction. Electrical supply and metering installations, distribution, circuits for power and lighting. Mains, cold and hot water supply systems. Above and below ground drainage for rainwater and foul systems. Heating: low pressure hot water, open and closed systems. Ventilation: simple extract systems. Interaction between the building fabric and services. Functional and legislative requirements of low rise buildings and related services. Introduction to specification writing and utilisation of the National Building Specification (NBS) and Co-ordinated Project Information (CPI). Construction and services drawings interpretation and presentation both manual and computer generated .

Learning Outcomes

On successful 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, B1:BS, BT, CN, QS, FR, PM)- Describe forms of wall, floor and roof construction, finishes and service elements (A1, 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, C2, C3)- Compare alternative construction and services proposals (A1, B1, B2, B3, C2, C3)- Demonstrate understanding of the interaction between the building fabric and services (A1, B1, B2, B3, C2, C3)- Interpret construction and services drawings (B2, B4, 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. Tutorials taking place involving sketching classes for the preparation of construction specifications and details. Students will have access to drawing studios, CAD laboratory and library facilities both at GCU and at Glasgow Metropolitan College. This includes digital information such as Construction Information Service Online, British Standards Online and multimedia CD Roms. Web based material including manufacturers trade literature is also available.

Indicative Reading

Chudley, R, Greeno, Roger (1999), Construction technology 3rd ed, Pearson Higher Education Riley, Mike, Howard CA (2002) Construction Technology 1 House Construction, Palgrave Macmillan Chudley, Roy, Greeno, Roger (2001) Building Construction Handbook 4th Ed Butterworth, Heinemann The Scottish Executive Technical Standards (6th amendment) - for compliance with the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations 1990 with amendments Foster, Jack (2000) Structure & Fabric Part 1 6th Ed Pearson Higher Education Longman Bedding, B (2001) Timber Frame Construction 3rd ed TRADA Technology Limited Barry, Robin (1999) The Constuction of Buildings 7th ed Vol 1, Blackwell Sciecne Ltd Reid, E (1988) Understanding Buildings: A Multidisciplinary Approach Pearson Education Longman Dean, Yvonne (1996) Finishes 4th ed Pearson Higher Education Longman Building Research Establishment (BRE) Good Building Guides Various numbers Douglas, James (2001) Building Adaptation Butterworth-Heinemann Hall, Fred (1994) Building Services and Equipment 3rd ed Vol 1, Pearson Higher Education Longman Hall, Fred (1994) Building Services and Equipment 2nd ed Vol 2, Pearson higher Education Longman Hall, Frederick (2001) Building Services Handbook Butterworth Heinemann Barry, Robin (1998) Construction of Buildings 3rd ed Volume 5, Blackwell Science Ltd

Transferrable Skills

Development of problem-solving and application of knowledge to same (D1, D2, D3, D10) Effective communication: written, graphical and oral (D14) Effective use of Information Technology (D13) Effective time management (D6) Independent working (D4, D5, D7, D8, D9) Common across all programmes

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 69.00
Tutorials (FT) 48.00
Lectures (FT) 48.00
Seminars (FT) 5.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 12.00 35% UMid Term Test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours
Coursework 0.00 18.00 35% Manual and CAD Drawing exercise
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Unseen written examination-2Hours