Module Title:Building Technology, Materials and Structures II
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: • Lecture delivery – 4 hours per week total, varying between Technology, Structures & Materials. Some delivery may be in Technical Design &Detailing 2 • Continuous assessment projects – typically two each for technology, structures & materials, feeding into Technical Design &Detailing 2, plus two specifications • Lab Experiments • Model Making • Tutorials • The key teaching & learning strategy is integration/’feeding-in’, through content & timing, of Technology, Structures & Materials instruction with Technical Design &Detailing 2 projects, including CA assignments, to allow application of Technology, Structures & Materials theory with formative feedback
Module Aim: • To provide the theoretical and technical background in construction, materials and structures for learners to detail and apply in TD&D2 projects, through introducing them to the characteristics of the main internal & external building materials/finishes used in small to medium scale non-domestic construction • To familiarize learners with the materials, principles, typical details and implementation of timber structures, sustainable site development & ground-works; non-domestic masonry cross-wall construction; concrete structures both pre-cast & cast in-situ and including primary, secondary and tertiary structures, as they affect architectural technology • To familiarize learners with the technologies, principles, materials, span characteristics, support requirements and typical details required for the non-structural completion of small to medium scale non-domestic buildings, including glazing, curtain walling, cladding, roofing and partitioning • To develop learners’ understanding of the integration of services with small to medium scale non-domestic buildings • To develop learners’ understanding of specification
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Research and apply the structural & constructional principles of blockwork, cross-wall, precast & insitu concrete and timber construction to small to medium scale construction projects
LO2 Research and apply the technological & material principles of non-structural completions, including glazing, curtain walling, cladding, roofing and partitioning to small to medium scale construction projects
LO3 Allow for the integration of basic services with the building fabric of a small to medium scale non-domestic building
LO4 Prepare a detailed specification for a given construction element
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Timber structures & construction: framed & panel timber structures, timber partitions, timber cladding, high-performance timber & composite windows, rooflights, engineered timber, fire-retardant finishes, moisture management (vapour barrier, breather membrane, DPM, DPC), services integration Sustainable site planning & construction: Construction of paving & other hard landscaping surfaces, sustainable drainage, soft landscaping and street furniture Apartment building & cross-wall construction: Building envelope & structure, walls (415mm cavity & external insulation), precast concrete floor & stair construction, curved metal & green roofs, thermally broken balcony details, construction for lifts, high performance windows & doors Concrete construction: insitu & precast: Advantages & disadvantages of insitu & precast concrete, insitu structures, types and factors affecting formwork, insitu concrete finishes internal & external, reinforcement, insitu concrete remedial work, insitu stairs, junctions with other materials, precast concrete structures, components, tolerances, precast concrete details, precast concrete cladding Building envelope: factors affecting selection of a structural solution, framed & panel structures, principles of primary, secondary & tertiary structures, framed building envelope, characteristics & concepts of cladding, cladding types, metal, stone, blockwork/brickwork, ceramics / terracotta, timber, lining to cladding, moisture management (vapour barrier, breather membrane, DPM, DPC), services integration Roofing types: membranes, metal, asphalt. Glazing & curtain-walling.
Materials: Non-domestic building materials both internal and external: Glass: Manufacture, properties, treatment, types and uses Timber: Moisture contents, stress grading, connections, preservative treatment, sheets and engineered timber products; Moisture & creep movements, Concrete: In-situ, precast, reinforced, pre-stressed. Precast flooring systems, Concrete finishes (floor slab, formed finishes, exposed aggregate) Concrete Block Paving: Blocks and flags, sizes, bond patterns, surface finishes, PPV values, pavement make up, edge restraint details, vehicular usage. Thermal Insulating materials: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, Thermal properties of materials, Forms of insulation, Materials, Factors in selection, How insulation works and aging factors. Bitumen and Asphalt Roofing Materials: Mastic Asphalt – manufacture, properties, roof construction, finishes. Bituminous Sheets – manufacture, sheet classification, performance, construction, finishes. Polymeric Single Ply Roof Membranes Masonry products: Bricks and Blocks, clay, concrete, calcium silicate, mortars, properties, durability, dimensional changes, bed joint reinforcement, lintels, wind posts. Plastics and products; polymers, sheeting, fittings and paint systems Metal and products; ferrous and non ferrous, use in building
Masonry • Vertical Load Bearing • Lateral Load Bearing • Bed Joint Reinforcement • Lintels Concrete. • RC slab – span arrangements, typical span/depth ratios • Precast Slabs – types, span ranges, typical span/depth ratios • RC Beams – framing arrangements, typical span/depth ratios • RC Columns – sizing guidelines. • Precast Frames – beam column frames, o • Steel Single StoreyFrames • Framing Arrangements • Lateral Stability • Framing around opening • Column base details Cladding • Structural Support Details for cladding systems to meet requirements of projects. Overall Structural Behaviour  Building Load Paths  Lateral Stability of Buildings, Shear Walls, Bracing Structural Timber • Timber Frame structural systems • Approx Sizing timber members for scheming stage • Lateral stability systems in timber frame buildings Material Laboratory Sessions • Timber – density, moisture content, examination of timber slides under microscope, examination of timber samples, • Concrete – slump test, concrete cube tests, density, • Steel – tensile test
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project • Two Technology projects & two specifications • Two Materials projects • Two Structures projects • Or as appropriate 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 3 hour formal exam 1,2,3 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 6.00
Total Hours 300.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMARC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology 3 Mandatory
CW_CMART_D Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology 3 Mandatory