KB6028 - Construction Technology 3

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will develop a critical appreciation of the technologies used to construct sustainable and contemporary buildings. You will give consideration to the criteria that dictate appropriateness of building form and constructability within the constraints imposed by the context of user requirements, how the building functions and the legislative requirements under which the building is constructed. Topic areas covered will include :

• Building purpose and performance.
• Climate and its effects on buildings, including sustainable design and construction.
• Renewable energy strategies & Environmental assessment tools.
• Life Cycle assessment & Carbon reduction
• The ‘Passivhaus’ concept.
• Cladding technologies & Structural Glazing.
• Off-site construction / modular construction.
• Innovative and emerging building technologies, research and development.
• Technological co-ordination, integration and buildability criteria within the context of sustainable and contemporary buildings.

How will I learn on this module?

You will apply an evaluative approach to sustainable assessment criteria and the technological specification of building elements via a case study approach which will stimulate your learning of buildings in their context, critically appraising how and why buildings perform as they do.
Your learning will be through a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops, guided and independent learning and practical sessions. Lectures will offer you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the principles of building form and function and will enable you to use this knowledge to further explore these areas in more detail in relation to your case study buildings. During workshops and your own independent information gathering exercises, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge by applying it to complex problems. Workshops will make use of a wide variety of the university’s facilities including classrooms, computer rooms and well equipped labs. You will receive continuous feedback on your work from these sessions which will enable you to develop your ability to think independently and offer and justify your own opinions. In addition you will have the opportunity to attend field study visits to local construction sites to link your academic learning to the practical construction environment. Assessments will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your learning by evaluating and identifying appropriate solutions and applying them to common construction problems. During workshop sessions, you will work in small groups enabling you to develop the skills to work collaboratively and constructively in multi-cultural environments and teams. Assessments will take the form of the assembly of individual portfolios detailing your knowledge as applied to existing buildings. Your learning will be further enhanced by the use of technology. You will have electronic access, via the university’s e-learning portal and on-line library resources, to all learning materials, relevant text books and research materials and assessment tasks. In addition, further use will be made of technology in the submission of your assessment and by your tutors in the provision of relevant module information, learning resources and the feedback on your assessment tasks.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic support for this module will be provided by tutors in a variety of ways to suit your individual needs. Continuous feedback will be provided on your work during workshops and guided learning sessions and constructive feedback will be given on submission of your module assessments. Outside the classroom, you are able to meet with tutors if you would like additional guidance on your studies. The university’s electronic learning portal will also allow you to seek additional guidance and engage in academic discussion with your tutor and classmates using the discussion board available.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will have the ability to appraise and formulate the contextual, functional, environmental and performance requirements of primary building elements.
2. You will be able to specify and illustrate materials and components of major building interfaces to enable strategic decisions to be made in terms of practical, appropriate and sustainable building solutions.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will be able to challenge and critically evaluate proposed technologies against contemporary integration and buildability issues.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the importance of addressing both the practical and environmental issues of constructing buildings to provide current and future societies with a functional, cost effective and sustainable living and working environment.
5. You will have the ability to understand the importance of evaluating your own learning.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be two portfolios of work which addresses strategic, application and testing of technology solutions. The portfolio will focus on :

• The environmental issues facing society today and future generations in the context of constructing buildings.
• A detailed critical evaluation of the technology used in the construction of building of your choice and how it enables the building to meet its functional performance criteria.
• An appraisal of the emerging and innovative technologies used in its construction.
• A written reflective statement of your learning over the course of the module.
MLO 1,2,3,4,5

Your portfolios will be submitted electronically using the university’s e Learning Portal. Continuous feedback will be given in class based sessions by tutors as the portfolio is assembled. Feedback on your final submission will be provided electronically through the e Learning Portal.





Module abstract

The construction industry is a complex yet vibrant and exciting industry in which to work and its influence is felt in almost every other sector of the global economy. Central to the delivery of successful buildings which satisfy the needs of society, is the selection of the right materials and techniques used to construct buildings, particularly in relation to the environmental impact the building makes. This module will enable you to evaluate not only how buildings ‘fit together’ but the impact they make to the wider environment. Classroom and workshop based sessions will be complimented by visits to live construction sites where you will have the opportunity to speak to industry professionals, learn about their skills and experiences and see first-hand how the construction process unfolds to produce the finished building. This module will offer you the opportunity to study complex buildings leading to a comprehensive knowledge of the technical aspects of the construction process and ultimately graduate employment.

Course info

UCAS Code K251

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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