KB5026 - Construction Technology 2

What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn about the construction technologies used to construct new, single-storey wide span and multi-storey framed commercial and industrial buildings from the perspective of a construction project manager. As you explore the construction techniques you will discover how each stage contributes to providing a safe and comfortable building, considerate of the environment and cost-effective. You will learn about the materials and techniques used to construct each stage of these buildings. Also, using the knowledge you acquire from the construction of new buildings, you will learn why and how multi-storey buildings develop defects and the techniques used to repair these defects.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a range of teaching methods, including lectures, practical activities, and guided learning. Lectures will offer you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the principles of the construction of new buildings and upgrading of existing buildings. They will enable you to use this knowledge to explore these areas in more detail. You will receive feedback on your work from these sessions, which will allow you to develop your ability to think independently and offer and justify your own opinions. Assessments will give you the chance to demonstrate your learning by evaluating and identifying appropriate solutions and applying them to common construction problems. Your learning will be supported by the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) and online library resources.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic support for this module will be provided by academic staff in a variety of ways to suit your individual needs. Feedback will be provided on your work during practical activities and guided learning sessions and constructive feedback will be given on submission of your module assessments. The University’s VLE will also allow you to seek additional guidance and engage in academic discussion with your academic staff member and classmates using the discussion board tool.

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. Apply the knowledge to demomstrate an understanding of the elements used to construct single and multi-storey framed buildings.
2. Have the ability to identify building defects, and identify their causes.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Develop the ability to specify and illustrate the technologies used to construct single and multi-storey buildings.
4. Analyse the conditions of existing buildings and identify the defects present, analyse a range of possible causes and critically appraise and specify suitable solutions.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. You will develop an understanding of the importance of addressing the practical issues of constructing and repairing buildings to provide society with a safe, healthy, cost effective and sustainable living and working environment, and within this context, the importance of evaluating your own learning.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Formative assessment will be used to allow you to build confidence and highlight any misunderstandings you may have of the theoretical and professional concepts presented in the module. Additional formative feedback shall be delivered to you verbally by academic staff during formally-scheduled teaching and individual or group activity-based sessions to help you learn and prepare you for the submission of your summative assessment.

Summative Assessment
Two pieces of coursework, each weighted 50% of the module total, will be used to assess you summatively. Coursework 1 will determine your achievement of learning outcomes 1, 3, and 5; whereas Coursework 2 will evaluate your performance of learning outcomes 2, 4, and 5. You will use the University’s VLE to submit your coursework digitally and will receive your feedback using appropriate digital feedback tools.





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. This module will enable you to consider how these materials and methods are used to produce industrial and commercial buildings and will allow you to learn about how high rise buildings ‘fit together’. This module will offer you the opportunity to study complex buildings leading to a 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 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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