SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2K225338
Module Leader Gordon Henderson
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

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. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type", is 85%. There is no Work Based Assessment, but reflective learning is encouraged.


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 apprentice should be able to:1. Identify and show specialist knowledge of the factors which influence the construction and services provision of framed buildings.2. Demonstrate discerning understanding of information from site visits related to site works, support systems, foundations and frames. 3. Interpret and convey information in construction and services drawings. 4. Describe and compare in detail various forms of substructure construction. 5. Demonstrate specialist knowledge of methods of superstructure construction. 6. Describe in detail methods of forming walls to framed structures. 7. Describe in detail floor and roof structures. 8. Describe and compare in detail various forms of heating, ventilation and electrical supply provision. 9. Demonstrate specialist knowledge of general and emergency lighting provision. [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 Emmitt, Stephen, Gorse, Christopher A (2014) Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings 3 rd Ed. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN- 10: 1118255496 <> / ISBN- 13: 9781118255490 <>. Chudley, Roy, Greeno, Roger (2012) Advanced Construction Technology 5th Ed Pearson Education. ISBN- 10: 0435046837 <> / ISBN- 13: 9780435046835 <>. Chudley, Roy, Greeno, Roger (2014) Building Construction Handbook 10th Ed Routledge ISBN-10: 9780415836388 / ISBN-13: 978-0415836388. Hall, Frederick; Greeno, Roger (2017) Building Services Handbook 9th Ed. Routledge . ISBN: 9781138244351 D.R., Hodkinson, S.(2015) Faber and Kell's Heating and Air Conditioning of Buildings 11th Ed Routledge ISBN-10: 041552265X / ISBN-13: 978-0415522656. Recommended texts Stroud-Foster, Jack; Harington, Raymond; Greeno, Roger (2007) Structure and Fabric Part 2, 7th Ed Routledge : ISBN-10: 0131970968 / ISBN-13: 978-0131970960 McEvoy, Michael (1994) Mitchell's External components 4th Ed Taylor & Francis Ltd : ISBN 10: 0582212553 / ISBN 13: 9780582212558 Blanc, Alan (1994) Mitchell's Internal Components 4 th Ed Pearson Education ISBN-10: 9780582212572 / ISBN-13: 978-0582212572.

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-E7]

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Unseen written examination. The 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.
Course Work 02 n/a 20.00 35% A case-study of a building. Data on the building will be provided to students on GCU Learn.Students will have to answer questions on the case study, which will be presented on GCU Learn only. The answers must be submitted electronically using GCU Learn. Only one attempt will be permitted.
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 35% Project (construction)The construction project will take the form of a case-study of a building. Information on the building will be provided to students on GCU Learn. Students prepare a report on the siteworks and structural frame aspects of the project.Report Maximum: 2000 words