SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2K220795
Module Leader Duncan McCormick
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

M1K221945 Construction Technology 1 or equivalent

Summary of Content

Construction and services provision of framed, medium size commercial and industrial buildings. Construction: site investigation; site works and support systems; foundations; basement construction; reinforced and prestressed concrete; structural frames; structural fire protection systems; performance requirements of the external envelope; external wall systems; load bearing brick construction; movement control; roof systems and coverings; steel and concrete stairs; insitu and precast concrete floors; resilient and raised floors; demountable partitions and suspended ceilings. Temporary access provision. Services: mechanical and electrical; hot water, steam and air systems; heat transfer; ventilation systems; electrical supply systems; general and emergency lighting.


Construction and services provision of framed, medium size commercial and industrial buildings. Construction analysis: site investigation procedures and reports; construction site layout and site works; temporary and permanent support systems; pad, beam and pile foundations; basement construction and tanking; reinforced and prestressed concrete, reinforcement scheduling and formwork; rectilinear steel and concrete frames; structural fire protection systems; external wall systems; performance requirements, cross, cellular, diaphragm and fin wall construction; thermal and moisture movement control; metal, stone, concrete and brick cladding, curtain walling, rainscreen cladding, panel walls; beam, girder, truss, space deck, portal roof systems steel, timber and concrete; in-situ, precast and complex concrete ground and suspended floors; steel and concrete stairs; resilient and raised access floors; demountable partitions and suspended ceilings; working places and access provision. Services: mechanical and electrical services; materials and regulations; pipe systems -low, medium and high pressure hot water, steam and air; heat transfer equipment - convective and radiant, direct and indirect; ventilation systems - ducts, fans, filters, attenuators, fire dampers, control dampers, diffusers, louvres; electrical supply systems - mains and submains distribution installations, general and emergency lighting, temporary supplies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Identify the factors which influence the construction and services provision of framed buildings. (A1 all, B3 all, B5 all)2. Apply information from site visits related to site works, support systems, foundations and frames. (A1 all, B1 all, B3 all, B5 all C5: BS, C6 all)3. Interpret construction and services drawings. (A1 all, B1 all, B3 all, B5 all, C6 all)4. Describe and compare various forms of substructure construction. (A1 all)5. Explain methods of superstructure construction. (A1 all, B1 all, B2 all)6. Describe methods of forming walls to framed structures. (A1 all)7. Describe floor and roof structures. (A1 all)8. Describe and compare various forms of heating, ventilation and electrical supply provision. (A1 all, B1 all, B2 all, B3, B5 all, C6 all)9. Describe general and emergency lighting provision. (A1 all) (the term 'all' refers to all programmes undertaking this module)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures provide the basic theoretical concepts of construction technology and services. They will be complemented by tutorials, site visits, and seminars. There will be a cross module integrated project based on a live site. This includes digital information such as Construction Information Service Online and web based material including manufacturers trade literature.

Indicative Reading

Emmitt, Stephen, Gorse, Christopher A (2014) Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings 3 rd Ed. Wiley-Blackwell. Chudley, Roy, Greeno, Roger (2012) Advanced Construction Technology 5th Ed Pearson Education. Chudley, Roy, Greeno, Roger (2014) Building Construction Handbook 10th Ed Routledge . Stroud-Foster, Jack; Harington Ramond; Greeno, Roger (2007) Structure and Fabric Part 2, 7th Ed Pearson Education. The Scottish Government, Non-Domestic Technical Handbook 2015, The Technical Handbooks provide guidance on achieving the standards set in the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004. McEvoy, Michael (1994) Mitchell's External Components 4th ed Pearson Education Blanc, Alan (1994) Mitchell's Internal Components 4th ed Pearson Education Hall, Frederick; Greeno, Roger (2015) Building Services Handbook 8 th Ed. Routledge . D.R., Hodkinson, S.(2015) Faber and Kell's Heating and Air Conditioning of Buildings 11th Ed Routledge

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)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 134.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Lectures (PT) 36.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 128.00
Tutorials (FT) 18.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 35% Project (construction)The construction project (Coursework 1) will be undertaken in student groups and will involve a visit to a live construction project to carry out an inspection and prepare a report on the siteworks and structural frame aspects of the project. Report Maximum: 2000 words
Exam 01 2.00 60.00 35% Unseen written examinationThe formal examination paper will be of 2 hours duration and will be divided into three sections, Substructure, Superstructure and Services. Each section will have two questions and students should answer one question from each section, plus one additional question from any section. Each question will be 25 marks total.