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CIVE2301 Civil Engineering Materials II

10 creditsClass Size: 190

Module manager: Professor Ian Richardson

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23


CIVE1460Properties of Materials: Water, Soil, Steel and Timber

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On 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.

Learning outcomes
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:
British Cement Association (part of the Mineral Products Association):
The Concrete Centre:

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours58.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study will consist of online formative assessment, background reading, ahead of and following lectures, plus exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Online formative assessment via optional end-of-lecture MCQs.

Use of discussion boards.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQ30 minute MCQ + short answers - online20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment5 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

External Resit 100% online time-limited assessment

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/10/2022 14:44:31


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