SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHK221188
Module Leader Agnieszka Klemm
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module has two subject areas. Composite Materials provides an overview of advanced construction materials. Building Physics covers basic theory of heat transfer and condensation in building partitions .


Composite Materials: -360 - High performance cementitious materials - application of new generation admixtures for concrete; -360 - Self-compacting concrete; - Fibre reinforced concrete - steel and glass fibres; use of textiles in cementitious composites - Concrete durability: mechanisms of deterioration and production of durable concrete; - Restoration of concrete and natural stones: cleaning of surfaces Building Physics: -360 - Influence of climate (climate types, climate change, comfort) -360 - Thermal effects in buildings (thermal insulation, insulation values, thermal bridging, structural temperatures) - Calculation of U-values and the use of typical software; - Energy use in buildings (energy use, thermal comfort, heat losses, heat gains, energy balance, energy labeling) - Air control in buildings (ventilation, humidity, condensation in buildings, condensation conditions, calculation methods)

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:Composite Materials:1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of characteristics of high performance materials - their internal structure and main properties - strength, durability and deformation (A1, A3, A5, B2, C2, C3)2. Identify the main applications for materials and potential restrictions on use. Select appropriate materials for specific environmental conditions. (A5, B7)3. Demonstrate an understanding of deterioration processes in structural members (A2, A5, B7,C2, C3)Building Physics4. Identify thermal insulation materials and demonstrate an understanding of the application of thermal insulation to the building fabric (A1, A5, B2, C3)5. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the thermal effects in buildings (A5, B1, B2, B7, C1,C3)6. Identify the factors that affect surface and interstitial condensation and the likelihood of occurrence on/within building materials (A1, A5, B2,B3)7. Use of typical software to calculate U-values and moisture transfer in building partitions (B1, B3, B6, C3, D2)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented appropriate to students needs to enable all students to participate fully in the module. Lectures will provide the main theoretical concepts. Seminar based learning and IT sessions will complement the lecture and handout material.

Indicative Reading

Neville A H., Brooks J. "Concrete Technology", Longman Ltd 1997 Illson JM "Construction Materials their nature and behavior" (2 nd Edition) E&FN Spoon Taylor GD "Materials in Construction", Longman 1994 Page, C L and Page, MM, "Durability of concrete and cement composites" Woodhead Publishing Limited. Cambridge, 2007 Teng JG, Chen JF, Smith ST and Lam "FRP-strengthened RC structures" John-Willy & Sons, UK, 2002 McMullan R. "Environmental Science in Building" (6th Edition), Palgrave Macmillan (*Essential text)

Transferrable Skills

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to: Plan, construct and structure a written report - D1 to D6 inclusive Work as an individual and within a group context - D1, D3, D4, D6 Prepare and present orally, a piece of work to a group - D1, D5, D6 Research of reference material in libraries, which will improve the skills related to the preparation of literature reviews- D1, D2, D5

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 132.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 20.00 n/a Construction Materials assignment. Take Home.
Coursework 1 n/a 20.00 n/a Building Physics Assignment. Class Test.
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 60.00 35% Formal Examination