CE1CES-Empirical Studies

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: CE1CCS Construction Science
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Tabarak Ballal

Email: t.ballal@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module seeks to develop students’ capacity in linking theory to practical and physical applications. It further seeks to reinforce that strengths and limitations of knowledge generated empirically is an essential skill required in students’ future professional careers. The module is a highly effective means of reinforcing learning that takes place in modules taught in Part 1.

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the principles of experimental design, measurement and technical report writing. The experiments are used to illustrate the physical principles introduced in taught parts of the first year course.

Assessable learning outcomes:
•Use instruments to measure the performance of aspects of real buildings. •Use instruments to measure the behaviour of physical scale models of a building. •Use computers to simulate the performance of aspects of real buildings. •Understand how each of these ways of learning about buildings differ, and the implications this has for our capacity to predict how our buildings will behave once built; •Understand how much confidence we can place in our understanding of buildings based on these methods •Write well-structured, unambiguous, succinct professional reports.

Additional outcomes:
To increase students' critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Outline content:

This module is based on 5 experiments :

•Structural properties of materials
•Buckling of Trusses
•Outdoor thermal comfort

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A briefing session outlining the aim, objectives, learning outcomes, organisation and assessment of the module takes place in week 1 of the Spring Term. Each practical will be led by one academic member of staff as named above. Students will work in groups. The work involves taking measurement and recording observations. Each practical is different in terms of its aim and delivery mode.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 1
Practicals classes and workshops 15
Guided independent study 84
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 40% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Three equally weighted assignments to be submitted each of 1500 words

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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