SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3K224615
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Industrial and Commercial Building

Summary of Content

This module primarily aims to inculcate the technical and engineering skills in the planning, selection and utilisation of construction and demolition (C&D) equipment and machineries. The objectives include developing the technical and engineering skills in the selection and planning of the construction equipment depending on the construction process; the utilisation of the equipment to produce the intended quality in the most cost effective manner. The student is expected to know the utilisation of equipment in various construction processes.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Introduction: Standard types of equipment , special equipment, cost of owning and operating equipment, depreciation costs, investment and operating costs, economic life, sources of construction equipment, factors affecting selection of construction equipment, balancing of equipment, Study of equipment's with reference to available types and their types and their capacities, factors affecting their performance. Earthmoving Equipment : Tractors and attachments, dozers and rippers, scrapers, shovels, draglines, trenching machines, clamshell, hoes, trucks and wagons, dumpers, rollers and compactors Drilling and blasting equipment's : Bits, jackhammers, drifters, drills, blasting material, firing charge, safety fuse, electric blasting caps, drilling patterns, transporting and handling of explosives Pile driving equipment's: Types, pile driving hammers, single acting and double acting, differential acting hammers, hydraulic and diesel hammers, vibratory drivers Pumping equipment's: Reciprocating, diaphragm & centrifugal pumps, well point system Stone crushing equipment: Jaw, gyratory and cone crushers, hammer mills, roll crushers, rod and ball crushers, aggregate screens and screening plants, portable plants Concrete and concrete equipment: Concrete manufacture, transport, placing and compacting equipment, mixers, central batching and mixing plants, pavers, transit mixers, concrete pumps shotcrete Equipment for Erection, Material transport: Air Compressor, Equipment's for moving materials, builder's hoists, forklifts, cranes, belt-conveyors, cableways, ropeways

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a commercial awareness of construction projects. (A3)2. Define the construction engineering projects fundamentals. (A1)3. Identify the modern machineries and its application. (A2)4. Analysis of production outputs and costs of construction equipment. (B2, B5)5. Evaluate the characteristics and performances of equipment. (C4, D1)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will concentrate on principles and students will be expected to undertake significant private study and group discussions based on some case studies. Project work will be a mix of individual work and presentations. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material discussed during lecture sessions. Tutorials also serve as a platform of technical discussions to clarify any queries that arise from directed studies.

Indicative Reading

Text Book: Peurifoy, R.L., Ledbetter, W.B. and Schexnayder, C (2010) Construction Planning Equipment and Methods, 8th Edition, McGraw Hill, Singapore. Reference Book: Sharma S.C. (2011) Construction Equipment and Management, Khanna Publishers, New Delhi.

Transferrable Skills

Problem Solving and Numeracy Application of IT, Teamwork, written and oral presentation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Unseen Written Examination 2 Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Coursework 1
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Mid term Test - Unseen written Examination 1½ Hours