CVEN20080 Construction Materials

Academic Year 2019/2020

This course will cover the manufacture and performance of key structural materials such as concrete, timber and steel.
Concrete topics covered include cement manufacture, aggregates, water, admixtures, concrete production, rheology, compliance and durability, self-compacting concrete, site practice.
For timber we will cover timber classification, its nature, moisture content and density, shrinkage and swelling, strength grading, durability and preservation, timber and wood-based products, behaviour in fire.
For metals we will study the use of metals in civil & structural engineering applications, structure of metals, deformation of metals, strengthening mechanisms, behaviour under working conditions.
Students will present their understanding of these materials through assignments and project work.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module the students should:
1. Understand the key requirements and performance criteria that a construction material must satisfy.
2. Appreciate the properties of various construction materials and how these impact on their use in service.
3. Apply this knowledge through a series of assignments.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; lab/studio work; enquiry & problem-based learning; student presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Portfolio: Lab assignment Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Timber - class exam Week 9 No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: Concrete assignment Week 5 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Metals - class exam Week 12 No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Construction Materials by Marious Soutsos and Peter Domone
Name Role
Dr Atteyeh S. Natanzi Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 14:00 - 15:50