SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1K224859
Module Leader Agnieszka Klemm
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

*This Module is Delivered by CCEO* Programme entry requirements.

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 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. 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 Completion of this module students should be able to:a. Demonstrate an understanding of concrete, hollow- block work, timber, steel and other commonly used metals, alloys and polymeric materials for construction.b. Describe the characteristics of construction materials, their structure and their main properties - strength and failure, durability and deformation.c. Apply specification associated with construction materials.d. Understand the applications of these construction materials and be able to select the appropriate materials for specific use and environmental conditions.e. Understand and apply the principles of measurement and good practice ;f. Interpret and apply formalised codes of measurement practice in the production of bills of quantities ;g. Use computer aided software for surveying.

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 a. Theoretical concepts and principles are taught by lectures and tutorials. b. The concepts are augmented by practical demonstrations / field visits to provide practical knowledge of construction materials. Measurement c. Lectures, Tutorials and workshops enable students to practice measurement and documentation principles under supervision, utilizing drawn information and published guidelines. d. Appropriate software training is provided to strengthen their computing skills in basic measurement.

Indicative Reading

Reference Text Book: Jackson N., Dhir R. "Civil Engineering Materials", (5th Edition), MacMillan Press 2002 Neville A H., Brooks J."Concrete Technology", Longman Ltd 2006 Standard Method of Building Works, (7th Edition, Revised 1998), The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Building Employers Confederation. SMM7: A code of Procedure for measurement of Building Works, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Building Employers Confederation (2000); Building Measurement, (1st Edition), A Packer, Longman, (1996); Further Reading: Illston J M, P L J Domone, "Construction Materials, Their Nature and Behaviour" E and F N Spon, London 2002 Taylor GD, "Materials in Construction", (3rd Edition) Longman, 2000 Building Quantities Explained, (5th Edition), Ivor H Seeley and Roger Winfield, Macmillan (1999); Building Quantities: Worked Examples, (1st Edition), R Wheeler and A Clarke, Newnes (1992) Willis' Elements of Quantity Surveying, (11th Edition), A Willis and W Trench, Blackwell Science (2001); Advanced Building Measurement, (2nd Edition), Ivor H Seele y, Macmillan (1989)

Transferrable Skills

i. Identify design criteria in structured materials ; ii. Independent and group working ; iii. Effective time management ; iv. Communication skills, analysis and evaluation ; v. Powers of interpretation of construction drawings and related specifications ; vi. Creative thinking and independent judgment ; vii. An ability to make decisions based on consideration of a multiplicity of differing sources and formats of information ; viii. Skills in software used for quantity measurement.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 50.00 35% Module based problem solving report 1500 words
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% Unseen Test 1½ Hours
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 35% Mid Term Test -  Unseen written examination-1½ Hour