SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHK224621
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Construction Technology 1

Summary of Content

This module primarily aims to inculcate the understanding in the modern technologies of the industrial and commercial (I&C) building construction. The objectives include developing the awareness of physical and environmental functions of I&C buildings; the sequence of building substructure and superstructure of the I&C buildings. The student is expected to know the sequence of construction processes in residential buildings.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Introduction: The functions and requirements of industrial and commercial buildings; Physical and environmental functions of industrial and commercial buildings; Method of building; building sequence. Building Substructure: Foundations; Functions of foundations and selection criteria; Deep foundation systems; Requirements of walls below ground and basement construction; Ground supported floors; suspended floors. High Rise Building: High Rise Buildings functions, selection criteria, forms and materials; Fire protection of structural elements; Functions and materials for external walls and claddings for multi-storied buildings. Floor and Roof Systems: Upper floor construction; floor finishes in industrial buildings; Factory building roof construction and roof drainage. Long span Frames for Buildings: Functions and selection criteria, Forms and materials, comparison of different frames. Building Services: Requirements of building services and need for services including heating, ventilation fire protection air conditioning plumbing and drainage. Methods of service integration; reducing environmental impact of construction work.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to:Understand various components and functional aspects of industrial, commercial, institutional and civil sector buildings. (A1,A3)Demonstrate a commercial awareness of physical, environmental and social impact of resources used in the construction of industrial and commercial projects. (A1, A2,A3)Define the fundamentals of constructing the Substructure and superstructure for industrial and commercial buildings. (A1, A2)Analyse and decide the various construction technics for high rise structures, long span frames for buildings. (B1, B4,C3)Evaluate the characteristics of mechanical and electrical systems used in industrial and commercial buildings including heating, ventilation fire protection air conditioning plumbing and drainage. (C4, D1,D3)

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: Mike Riley and Alison Cotgrave (2009) Industrial and Commercial Building, 2 nd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan, UK. Reference Book: Roy Chudley and Roger Greeno (2009) Advanced Construction technology, 4 th Ed., Pearson Education Limited, England.

Transferrable Skills

Tutorials provide: apply knowledge of construction technology in the execution of industrial, commercial, institutional and civil sector buildings. Laboratories provide: Not applicable Reports provide: Literacy skills and evaluation skills.

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a case study and report 2000 words
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Unseen written Examination 1½ Hours
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Unseen Written Examination - 2 hours