CE2CBT1-Building Technology

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: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Philippa Boyd

Email: n.j.p.boyd@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module builds on the Part 1 modules Construction Technology CE1CCT, Construction Science CE1CCS and Empirical Studies CE1CES. It provides insight into the construction of commercial and other buildings. The module is closely linked to the Projects contained within module CE2CPR.

This module aims to develop insight into the technology of more complex buildings (such commercial and industrial buildings) and to develop understanding of key concepts related to construction technology which build on the content of Part 1 modules.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Assessable outcomes
Students will be able to:-
• Understand and describe the construction technology of commercial, industrial and other buildings.
• Understand and describe performance and other criteria relevant to the selection, design and specification of various component parts of such buildings, with reference to the current regulatory system of Building Control in England.
• Evaluate alternative types of construction used in such buildings.
• Describe, in a structured piece of project work, challenges faced in the construction of such buildings and identify methods used to address them

They will also apply and develop written and graphical communication skills.

Additional outcomes:
Additional outcomes
Students will be able to:-

• Use relevant resources to widen learning.
• Evaluate current construction practices, issues and trends.

Outline content:
Outline content:
• Foundations and basements – factors to be considered when choosing foundation types, types of foundation, methods of constructing foundations and basements
• Frames and cores – performance criteria, description and evaluation of concrete and steel skeleton frames, principles of providing lateral stability, building cores
• Structural Floors - performance criteria, types of floors, applications, and factors influencing selection
• Roofs - Roof structures - performance criteria, types of roof structures, applications, and factors influencing selection
• Fire protection of steel – principles relating to fire protection of structural components, types of systems for protection of steel in common use and factors influencing selection
• External envelope – cladding, walling and roofing: types, performance criteria, finishes and detailing, factors influencing selection
• Building Regulations in relation to construction technology

Global context:
The module draws directly on a wide range of internationally-defined and understood building construction concepts and methods. Examples of buildings around the world are used. The application of concepts underlying regulations and standards to different contexts is explored, providing a global context to the module.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, tutorial, online resources/private study

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study: 80
Total hours by term 100 0 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 30
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One two-hour examination 

The examination is one two-hour examination which will be held in the University summer exam period.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Elements of the assignment will include peer review which provides opportunities for students to improve their performance through feedback before submission.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres 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 (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 minimum mark of 40% overall

Reassessment arrangements:

An alternative assignment will be set for students to complete on an individual basis during the University August resit period.

Reassessment of the examination and on-line tests will be through a single examination (70%) during the University resit period.


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Last updated: 3 November 2020


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