KB6028 - Construction Technology 3

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 consider the criteria that dictate the 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.

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, activity-based tasks, guided and independent. 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 concerning your case study buildings. Your learning will be further enhanced by the use of technology. You will have electronic access, via 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. Formative feedback will be provided on your work during lectures, seminars, and aactivity-based tasks. The University’s VLE will also allow you to seek additional guidance and engage in academic discussion with academic staff and classmates using a discussion board.

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?

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
Summative assessment will be by one examination that will assess your ability to satisfy all the module learning outcomes. You will use the University’s VLE to 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, particularly concerning 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. The module will offer you the opportunity to study complex buildings leading to a comprehensive knowledge of the technical aspects of the construction process.

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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