SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHK224857
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to introduce the students to the application of prefabricated structures in the construction industry. The students should also expose to the principles and theory of precast fabricated structures, design parameters and the methods of construction.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Prefabricated construction : N ecessity, advantages, disadvantages, Mass produced steel, reinforced concrete and masonry systems Industrialized buildings. Modular coordination: basic module, planning and design modules, modular grid systems, National Building Code Specifications, standardization, dimensioning of products, preferred dimensions and sizes, tolerances and deviations, layout and process. Prefabricates classification: foundation, columns, beams, roof and floor panels, wall panels, clay units, box prefabricates erection and assembly. Design of prefabricated elements, Lift points beams, slabs, columns, wall panels, footings, design of joints to transfer axial forces, moments and shear forces Construction techniques: large panel construction, lift slab system, Glover system, Constraint's Jack - block system, Constrain V-plate system, Bison system, Silber -Kuhi system, control of construction processes. Equipment's for horizontal and vertical transportation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to: 1. Identify and demonstrate awareness on the theory of prefabricated structures in the civil engineering field(AM1, AM7) 2. Show initiative and flexibility in the application of prefabricated structures (AM1, AM7) 3. Apply theoretical knowledge to the practical case study and to demonstrate effective use of pre fabrication techniques in the field of civil and construction engineering (AM1, AM7) 4. Develop the solutions more in a technical approach for the problems related to prefabrication design based on the scientific evidence (AM1, AM7)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures with laboratory exercises used to relate theoretical concepts to practical experience. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material and to discuss the issues raised by the directed reading. Individual learning will be crucial for identifying the theory and principles of prefabricated structures.

Indicative Reading

Hass A.M. - Precast Concrete - Design and applications Applied Science, 1983. David Sheppard - Plant cast, Precast and Pre-stressed concrete - Mcgraw Hill; 1989. Dyachenko and Mirtousky - Prefabrication of reinforced concrete - MIR Publishers. LaszloMokk - Prefabricated concrete for industrial and public structures- Akade9miaiKiadf3- The University of California - 1964

Transferrable Skills

Tutorials provide: Problem Solving and Numeracy Laboratories provide: use of IT and Interpersonal/team skills Reports provide: Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 14.00
Independent Learning (FT) 102.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Assignment is Module Based Design each student is assigned individual design task and report (2000 words)
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid Term Test - Unseen written Examination 1½ Hours
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Exam - Unseen written Examination 2 Hours