SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1K225353
Module Leader Raymond Boyd
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

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. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type", is 85%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 50%, which is represented by Coursework 1.


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 apprentice should be able to:1. Identify the functional requirements of the external envelope, internal components and services elements of a low rise building. 2. Outline the relationship between subsoil conditions and foundation construction .3. Describe forms of wall, floor and roof construction, finishes and service elements.4. Apply construction principles and legislation to produce basic design concepts and construction details.5. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanical and electrical services required for low rise buildings.6. Compare alternative construction and services proposals.7. Demonstrate understanding of the interaction between the building fabric and services.8. Interpret construction and services drawings.[A1, A2, A6, A8, B4, B5]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

In the context of a work based ethos, teaching and learning methods use authentic work based scenarios to promote action learning, inquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. These approaches directly involve the apprentice in the process of learning and also encourage collaborative learning. The module will begin with 2 days of introductory seminars to provide the apprentices with a clear understanding of the curriculum and assessment requirements of the module and to engage in question / answers sessions. The remainder of the module is delivered online via GCULearn. The online component is structured using a week by week template and guides the apprentice through the subject learning and assessment requirements of the module. A range of resources such as PowerPoint, Camtasia, video clips, web links and other tailored learning relevant to the module topics are used.. Learners will be supported throughout by the module team. This includes the lecturers, work based / industrial mentors and Academic Development Tutors. Clear sign posting will ensure that module learning outcomes are progressed, reinforced though a carefully mapped formative assessment of concepts / strategies and the application of critical subject matter. This facilitates an evaluation of the level of comprehension attained by the apprentice and also enables the module team to provide support and guidance as required through email, GCULearn announcements, blogs, skype of Collaborate discussions. Summative assessments are compulsory. A mark of 35% must be achieved for each summative assessment and an overall / aggregate mark of 40% must be achieved.

Indicative Reading

Essential texts Chudley, R. and Greeno, R., 2016. Building Construction Handbook. 11th ed. Routledge. ISBN: 9781138907096 Chudley, R., Greeno, R., & Hurst, M. (2011). Construction technology. 5th ed. Harlow, Pearson Education ISBN: 9780435046828 0435046829 Emmitt, S. 2018, Barry's Introduction to Construction of Buildings, 4th Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN: 978-1-118-97721-7 Hall, F., Greeno, R., 2017. Building Services Handbook. 9th ed. ISBN: 9781138244351 Lancashire, R. and Taylor, L., 2011. Timber Frame Construction. 5th ed. TRADA Technology Ltd. ISBN: 978-1-900510-820 Riley, M. and Cotgrave, A., 2018. Construction Technology 1. House Construction 4th ed. Macmillan International Higher Education, Ebook: 9781352001907. ISBN: 9781352001891 Recommended Texts Douglas, J., 2006. Building Adaptation. 2nd ed. Butterworth Heinemann. ISBN: 0750666676 Taylor and Francis Various Authors, Good Building Guides. Various numbers, Building Research Establishment.

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 [C1, C2, C3, C5, D1, D4, D5, E1, E3, E5, E6, E7]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 170.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Coursework
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% Coursework