CE2CBP-Building Pathology

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

Module Convenor: Mr Adrian Tagg

Email: a.tagg@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
The study of the decay of buildings.

To provide the knowledge and understanding of the types of condition appraisal used for buildings and the primary causes of building decay through an examination of a variety of building defects. To provide students with basic skills for the assessment of building condition.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, it is expected that the student will be able to: • Distinguish between the types and purpose of various building surveys. • Distinguish the charateristics and materials between the different age categories of buildings. Understand how buildings age and fail. • Anticipate, recognise and identify the degradation of building materials, components and elements. • Distinguish between minor and serious building defects. • Synthesise the information gleaned from an inspection into performance advice. • Undertake a simple condition survey of a domestic building.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
• examination of the types of condition appraisal and the primary causes of building decay;
• introduction, on an element by element basis, to a variety of defects;
• factors affecting the degree of decay and how failures can be identified and corrected;
• assessment of what defects might occur within the next 100 years

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures and seminar to include in class formative testing and feedback 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
One two-hour examination

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:
In class tests,feedback and discussion

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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%

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-sit Examination (2 hour duration) in August / September 

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required text books: Understanding Housing Defects by Duncan Marshall, Derek Worthing, Roger Heath and Nigel Dann (Hard copy and electronic resource available in the University Library).

    2) Specialist equipment or materials: Nil

    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: Nil

    4) Printing and binding: N/A

    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: Internet required to access lecture notes and audio recordings of lectures.

    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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