Principles of Building

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Principles of Building

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to this course is subject to the agreement of the Head of the Discipline offering the course and will depend on the applicant's academic background in the relevant subject area.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of building design, construction and operation. module will address specific subject areas that include soil mechanics, construction operations, design in steel and concrete, building physics, geotechnical engineering and project management. Standards, policies and regulations relating to health and safety pervade all aspects of the module. An essential element of the course is a community-based group project which aims to fulfill a real need of a community engagement partner.

    Learning Outcomes
    1 Describe everyday issues of health and safety associated with the building process and know how to implement safe site practice;
    2. Understand the implications of planning and development acts, bylaws and building regulations in relation to the building process;
    3. Recognise the function of each member of the building team, appreciating the need for effective communication and team work;
    4. Define the appropriate degree of control required for various construction site trades and practices;
    5. Outline standard forms of temporary works including scaffolding, trench shoring formwork and propping ;
    6. Demonstrate how structural stability is afforded by different building forms;
    7. Describe different foundation types and relate their suitability to ground conditions and different superstructure types ;
    8. Describe different floor, wall and roof types relating to their desired function to construction method and material type including fire resistance
    9. Relate the principles of building physics to the provision of satisfactory heat and sound insulation, electricity and light provision, sanitary and other building service
    10. Recognise the need and value of stimulating architecture and the provision of acceptable internal finishes as well as functionality in successful buildings
    11. Develop engineering skills in the effective use of Building Information Modelling and Simulation tools in the design of sustainable engineering solutions for a range of building types
    12. Develop a range of engineering skills through a self-directed project
    13. Develop a sense of commitment to local communities by making a contribution of expertise and time to solving problems encountered by community groups
    14. Learn how engineers contribute to their communities through their professional knowledge and expertise
    15. Apply knowledge and skills learned through this module to real-world problems
    16. Produce a high quality technical engineering report
    17. Deliver a high quality oral presentation relating to the technical engineering solution and report as a result of an engagement with a community group

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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