CEM211-Intermediate Construction Technologies

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: CEM103 Project Management: Principles and Practice CEM104 Construction Cost Management: Principles and Practice CEM106 Sustainable Heat and Power CEM107 Sustainable Design and Management Principles and Practice CEM110 Collaboration, Practice and Innovation
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Tabarak Ballal

Email: t.ballal@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Construction in emerging economies is often characterised by an abundant labour force and significant capital sensitivity. These and other related factors prevent the application of advanced technologies. Construction organisations operating in emerging economies therefore need to utilise technologies that engage locally available resources and skills without unsustainable capital pressures. Construction products and solutions need to be responsive to the specifics of the local context (including raw materials, local knowledge, culture, building traditions, climate, legal framework, industry characteristics, procurement methods and so on). Intermediate technologies are to optimally address these contextual specifics to enable delivery of environmentally, socially and economically sustainable construction.

The main aim of this module is to explain theoretical frameworks that underpin the role and nature of intermediate technologies within the context of emerging economies worldwide and exemplify their context-specific and resilient applications.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of this module, students will be able to understand the concept of intermediate technologies. They will also be able to diagnose, contrast and recommend their applications in terms of the overall suitability to various types of projects within the context of a particular emerging economy.

Additional outcomes:
In addition to the above, students will develop an appreciation of specific contextual differences and understanding of the wider technology spectrum. This will provide students with the necessary transferable skills to be able to evaluate contextual appropriateness of technological solutions in general.

Outline content:
The content of the module will build on the following main themes:
• Technology (theory and practice)
• Intermediate technologies (origins and theoretical foundations)
• Intermediate technologies in construction (low cost housing, infrastructure, disaster prevention, recovery and resilience)
• Understanding local context (materials, local knowledge, culture, building traditions, climate, legal framework, industry characteristics and procurement)
• Exemplifying applications (examples of intermediate technologies in different contexts)

Global context:
The topic of this module is relevant to students from a wide variety of backgrounds. As well as those from emerging economies, those from more developed countries may apply this material through working with international companies, government aid agencies and NGOs internationally.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will utilise a blended approach through lectures, group-work tutorials involving specialist experts from academia and industry, and the virtual learning environment.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 6
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Guided independent study 70
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 80
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Set exercise 10

Other information on summative assessment:

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Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Students are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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