SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1K225358
Module Leader Agnieszka Klemm
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The composition, properties and applications of materials commonly used in the construction industry. Specification requirements of selected materials. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type" is 84 %. There is no Work Based Assessment, but reflective learning is encouraged.


Concrete: constituent materials, hydration process; properties of fresh and hardened concrete; concrete durability: mechanisms of deterioration; concrete mix design. Limes and natural stone: main properties, applications and durability issues. Ceramics: structures and properties of ceramic based materials; fired clay products durability and strength properties, asbestos materials structures and properties, health and safety implications; glass production and properties. Metals in Construction: production and properties of common metals, fabrication methods, service problems - corrosion, brittle fracture, fatigue, creep and stress relaxation. Polymers: types, structures and properties; application in construction, adhesives, paints and sealants. Timber: structure and properties; seasoning; factors affecting strength, visual and mechanical stress grading, durability, composite materials. Bitumen: origins and production of bitumen; penetration and cut-back grades, emulsions; chemical and physical properties; uses in construction.

Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes all relate to concrete, brickwork, timber, steel and other commonly used alloys and polymeric materials.On successful completion of this module the apprentice should be able to-1. State in simple terms construction materials characteristics - their internal structure and main properties - strength, durability and deformation 2. Explain the theoretical background to materials, specification and good workmanship associated with their materials (A5, B2)3. Identify the main applications for materials and potential restrictions on use. Select appropriate materials for specific environmental conditions. 4. Design standard concrete mixes. 5. Describe in simple terms the most common experimental techniques for testing concrete, steel and bitumen and critically assess the limitations of these methods [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 Jackson-1 N., -1 Dhir -1 R. (1997) -1 5th -1 Ed "Civil-1 Engineering Materials", McMillan-1 Press: ISBN 9780333636831. -1 Neville-10 A. -1 H., Brooks -1 J.: (2006): 2 nd Ed: "Concrete-4 -3 Technology", -1 Blackwell Press: ISBN 9780273732198. Soutsos, M and Dormone,P., (2017): 5 th Ed: -1 "Construction Materials-1 their-1 nature -1 and -1 behavior : CRC Press: ISBN 9780582368897. -4 Recommended Texts Taylor G. -1 D. (2013):-1 3rd -1 Ed: "Materials-1 in -1 Construction", -1 Routledge: ISBN 8601404866531 -4

Transferrable Skills

Identify design criteria in structured materials Independent and group working Effective time management Effective communication: written and graphical with utilising IT skills [C1, C2, C3, C5, D1, D4, D5, E1, E3, E5-7]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FDL) 168.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% 2000 word report
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% 2000 word report