2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
CIVE2301 Civil Engineering Materials II
10 creditsClass Size: 190
Module manager: Professor Ian Richardson
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
|CIVE1460||Properties of Materials: Water, Soil, Steel and Timber|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesOn completion of this module students will have an understanding of the fundamental properties of cement, concrete and masonry and be able to appreciate the relevance of these materials for the design and construction of civil engineering structures. Students will also understand some of the sustainability issues concerning construction materials.
Students completing this module will have gained the knowledge, understanding, skills or abilities that contribute to achieving the following ARB General Criteria for Part 1:
1. understand the constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements that apply to the design and construction of a comprehensive design project; GC1.2
2. the investigation, critical appraisal and selection of alternative structural, constructional and material systems relevant to architectural design; GC8.1
3. strategies for building construction, and ability to integrate knowledge of structural principles and construction techniques;GC8.2
4. the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification choices. GC8.3
Students gain an understanding of the fundamental properties and characteristics of cement and concrete from this module and an appreciation of the relevance of the behaviour of these materials to the design and construction of buildings and civil engineering works. Of particular relevance to building design are effects such as movement, the short-term and longer-term time dependent effects such as shrinkage and creep and differential movements between cladding and frames. The students are also given an introduction to the behaviour of materials with respect to their long-term durability and deterioration mechanisms. The environmental impact of these materials is also a key part of this module in which embodied carbon and embodied energy are investigated and described (with reference to other commonly used alternative construction materials) to inform material selection decisions. (This module also links with Building Physics 1, CIVE2815, with regard to energy performance).
Topics studied include:
- Manufacture and properties of cements, hydration mechanisms of cements and the microstructure of hardened cement paste
- Properties of aggregates, fresh concrete, hardened concrete and methods of testing
- Durability of hardened concrete materials and components for brickwork and blockwork masonry construction and forms
- Sustainability in building and civil engineering materials
Typical reading materials to support this module include:
Construction materials : their nature and behaviour, P. L. J. Domone and J.M. Illston, 4th ed. Spon Press .
Portland cement : composition, production and properties, G. C. Bye, Thomas Telford Ltd.
Further useful information can be found at the following websites:
The Portland Cement Association: http://www.cement.org/
British Cement Association (part of the Mineral Products Association): http://www.cementindustry.co.uk/
The Concrete Centre: http://www.concretecentre.com
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||1||2.00||2.00|
|Independent online learning hours||10.00|
|Private study hours||58.00|
|Total Contact hours||32.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyPrivate study will consist of online formative assessment, background reading, ahead of and following lectures, plus exam preparation.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackOnline formative assessment via optional end-of-lecture MCQs.
Use of discussion boards.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course MCQ||30 minute MCQ + short answers - online||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||20.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||2 hr 00 mins||80.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||80.00|
External Resit 100% online time-limited assessment
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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