10 credits at level HE4
Module aims to enable students to become effective members of the construction team, architectural technology, building surveying and property management, construction management and quantity surveying and commercial management students need to understand design and engineering terminology and appreciate the working practices of the other team members. The module aims to provide the student with knowledge to understand design and engineering terminology and concepts.
The design process, its relationship of the design of buildings, analysis and evaluation of user requirements, spatial planning; the historical influences on modern design; the administrative process; basic drawing and lettering. Manual drawing techniques. CAD equipment and its use.
Principle of equilibrium analysis of pin-jointed frames; shear force and bending moment diagrams and stress and strain. Load paths in structures.
The formation of soils, simple soil model and classification tests. Consolidation, settlement, compaction and shear strength, laboratory and field tests and measurements. Contaminated ground.
Learning sessions will consist of lectures, with tutorial work and individual attention for students as appropriate.
Indicative Learning Hours: Lectures and tutorials 26 hours
Assessments 16 hours
Self study 58 hours
TOTAL 100 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the processes and techniques required in communicating design information to others within the construction team.
Identify the Design Team and lines of communication.
|2.||Understand the basic structural mechanics including forces, moments and stress and their application to structural elements.
Identify the resultants and components of forces. Analyse reactions and moments on simple beams. Identifies the different types of stresses in structures.
|3.||Understand basic geotechnical concepts and their application to the analysis of ground conditions.
Solve geotechnical problems and provide realistic solutions.
|4.||Produce basic drawings by hand and by using CAD software.
Prepare construction drawings using manual / CAD techniques from a design brief.
|5.||Apply structural principles to the solution of structural problems.
Carry out the necessary calculations to produce support reactions for simple beams.
|6.||Understand structural forms and local paths.
Produce load derivation statements and load paths for a given structure.
|7.||Interpret geotechnical reports.
||Conduct an assessment of a geotechnical report.|
|8.||Undertake simple foundation designs.
Carry out the necessary calculations to produce an acceptable design.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Drawing Assignment||Geotechnics Assignment||Structures Assignment|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
•Neufert, E., “Architects Data”, 2nd Edition, 2000, Blackwell Scientific.
•Thompson, A., “Architectural Design Procedures”, 2nd Edition 1999, Edward Arnold.
•Thompson, A., “An Introduction to Construction Drawing”, 2ndt Edition, 200, Edward Arnold.
•Tutt, P & Alder, D, “ Metric Handbook”,
•Reekie, F., “Draughtmanship”, 5th Edition, 2002, Edward Arnold.
•Barnes, G.E.B., “Soil Mechanics: Principles and Practice”, 2nd Edition, 2000, MacMillan.
•Cain, SEA., and Hulse, R., “Structural Mechanics”, 1st Edition, MacMillan.
•Gould, B., “Structures for Architects”, 2nd Edition, 1992, Longman.
•Durka, Morgan & Williams “Structural Mechanics”, 5th Edition, 1996, Longman.
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