Module Title:Domestic Technology and Structural Appreciation 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures, Practical’s, Private study
Module Aim: The aims of the module are: (1) to provide students with a knowledge of the techniques, methods and practices used in the construction of buildings; (2) To introduce students to the concept of sustainable building; (3) To give students a basic introduction to some aspects of structural design and an appreciation of what is involved.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 to apply the methodologies used for setting out buildings on site and to illustrate how the foundations for buildings are constructed
LO2 to describe and illustrate how the walls, roofs and ground floors of buildings are constructed on site and off site and how the internal space in buildings is divided by partitions and floors
LO3 Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of force on structures, their units and their application to loads, load types, stress, strain, load paths including evaluating the resolution of forces.
LO4 Demonstrate a knowledge of structural form and uses within structure - columns, beams, walls and foundations, a knowledge of Rules of Thumb regarding sizing of elements of construction projects
LO5 To select building materials new and existing that do not damage the environment, to understand health and safety issues on site and have an awareness of current legislation and building regulations in construction methods.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Building General
. (a) Need for buildings, (b) functions of buildings,(c) Building Regulations and Standards. (nZEB, Passive House), (d) material selection and properties
Building Sites
(a) Site conditions, (b) preliminaries, (c) services supply, (d) site drainage, (e) site works and building sequences (f) site safety/plant, (g) Temporary supports/shoring, (h) Scaffolding, (j) Demolition.
(a) Soil types, (b) Foundations, types, and choice, (c) setting out, (d) below ground wall construction, (e) Ground floor construction and types, (f) Basements, (g) materials
SI Units
(a) SI Units (b) Magnitude of SI Units (c) Compatibility of SI Units (d) mathematical expressions for use in calculations
Practical/Lab Work
(a) Building practice: setting out shallow/ deep strip foundations, masonry walling, roofs and floors. (b) Materials handling and storage (c) Site safety. (d) Site visit to housing site
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment15.00%
End of Module Formal Examination45.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case Studies n/a 1,2,3 15.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project n/a 2,4,5 40.00 n/a
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4,5 45.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 5.00
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 10.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMOPT_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Management 1 Mandatory
CW_CMQSU_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying 1 Mandatory
CW_CMBSE_D Bachelor of Science in Construction Management 1 Mandatory