Construction Materials

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Construction Materials

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Engineering Science, Environmental Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    60101 Chemistry and Materials Science OR 65111 Chemistry 1) AND 33230 Mathematical Modelling

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Description
    Civil engineers design, construct, maintain, inspect and manage private and public work projects. The common materials used in civil engineering applications and construction are concrete, steel, timber and masonry. It is essential for civil engineers to have a basic understanding of these construction materials, in relation to their production, properties, testing and application. The main objectives of this subject are to help students acquire fundamental knowledge of the production, physical and engineering properties of construction materials; understand the effects of environments on the properties and performance of these materials; familiarise themselves with the relevant Australian standards and other specifications and standards, in relation to the requirements and testing methods and interpretation of test results; improve analytical and communication skills by presenting test reports; select material in relation to specified requirements; and develop an awareness of the use of waste materials in construction. Topics include:
    Requirements, variability, selection and standards relating to use of construction materials
    Steels: production, types, usage, mechanical properties and testing and failure modes
    Binders for concrete production: types, composition, properties and testing
    Aggregates: classification, properties and testing
    Admixtures: types and performance in concrete
    Concrete: types, specification, mix design, testing and properties
    Durability of concrete and methods of protection
    Wood and composites: production, properties and forms
    Structural masonry: clay bricks, concrete bricks and blocks, calcium silicate bricks and stone blocks
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
    1. Acquire fundamental knowledge in the production and resulting chemical and physical properties of construction materials
    2. Evaluate and apply the effect of the environment on service life performance, properties and failure modes of construction materials
    3. Interpret and apply different Standard test methods and specifications to the requirements and methods needed for testing
    4. Select the correct construction materials to meet specification requirements
    5. Develop an awareness of the utilisation of waste materials as novel construction materials for use in construction
    This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    Identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (B.1)
    Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (B.2)
    Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.1, 3.3] (B.3)
    Apply decision making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.2, 2.1] (B.4)
    Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2] (C.1)
    Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations [EA Stage 1 Competency: 2.1,2.2] (C.3)
    Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose [EA Stage 1 Competency: 3.2] (E.1)
    Teaching and learning strategies
    Teaching and learning strategies will include:
    Lectures (in class)
    Tutorial sessions (in class and online quizzes)
    Laboratory sessions (in class)
    Examination revision sessions (in class)
    UTS Online (compulsory engagement is required)
    Teaching Schedule
    Tuesdays: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Thursdays 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm or 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Teaching Room Locations
    Lectures and examination revision sessions: CB02.04.29
    Tutorial sessions: CB11.05.101
    Metals testing laboratory session (1 hour): CB01.02.252
    Concrete testing laboratory session (1 hour): CB02.01.116
    Communication in this subject will be conducted through lectures and UTSOnline. UTSOnline announcements are the responsibility of the student and must be checked at the very least twice a week.
    Content
    The content of this subject meets the teaching objectives in relation to studying the following construction materials: (a) metals (iron and steel); (b) cement and supplementary cementitious materials, concrete making materials and concrete; (c) wood and composites; and, (d) structural masonry bricks and blocks. The subject covers the following content:
    Requirements, variability, selection and standards relating to use of construction materials
    Steels: production, types, usage, mechanical properties and testing and failure modes
    Cements and supplementary cementitious materials: production, types, composition, properties and testing
    Aggregates: classification, properties and testing
    Admixtures: types and performance in concrete
    Concrete: types, specification, mix design, testing and properties
    Durability of concrete and methods of protection
    Wood and composites: production, properties and forms
    Structural masonry: clay bricks, concrete bricks and blocks, calcium silicate bricks and stone blocks
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Theoretical Examination 1
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.1, B.2, B.3, B.4, C.1 and C.3
    Type: Examination
    Weight: 35%
    Length:
    2 hours and 10 minutes reading time
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Application of methodology 14 B.1
    Functionality of design 14 B.2
    Validity of justification for the design 14 B.2
    Application of analysis 14 B.3
    Judgement application 14 B.4
    Justification of solution 14 B.4, C.3
    Application of theory 16 C.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: Practical Examination 1 (Metals Testing)
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.3, B.4, C.3 and E.1
    Type: Examination
    Weight: 15%
    Length:
    1 hour
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Completeness of interpretation and discussion of results 17 B.3
    Judgement of experimental data and its limitation 17 B.4, C.3
    Linkage to practice and theory 17 B.4
    Demonstrate clear thinking 17 E.1
    Apply technical style 17 E.1
    Completeness of information 15 E.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 3: Theoretical Examination 2
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.1, B.2, B.3, B.4, C.1 and C.3
    Type: Examination
    Weight: 35%
    Length:
    2 hours and 10 minutes reading time
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Application of methodology 14 B.1
    Functionality of design 14 B.2
    Validity of justification for the design 14 B.2
    Application of analysis 14 B.3
    Judgement application 14 B.4
    Justification of solution 14 B.4, C.3
    Application of theory 16 C.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 4: Practical Examination 2 (Concrete Testing)
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.3, B.4, C.3 and E.1
    Type: Examination
    Weight: 15%
    Length:
    1 hour
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Completeness of interpretation and discussion of results 17 B.3
    Judgement of experimental data and its limitation 17 B.4, C.3
    Linkage to practice and theory 17 B.4
    Demonstrate clear thinking 17 E.1
    Apply technical style 17 E.1
    Completeness of information 15 E.1
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Minimum requirements
    A pass mark of 50% or more is required in theoretical examination 1 or theoretical examination 2 to pass the subject. In addition, a pass mark of 50% or more is required in practical examination 1 or practical examination 2 to pass the subject. Overall, a total of 50% assessment or more must be achieved in the subject to pass the subject.

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