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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/03/2022 09:09:54

Title of Module: Adv Construction Materials

Code: ENGG10016 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:John  Hughes

Summary of Module

The Module is to further extend students’ knowledge/understanding of construction materials and particularly to help them to develop an in-depth understanding of the behaviour and characteristics of special and high performance concrete, stone masonry and repair/conservation materials. It is also to make them aware of the recent advances & development trends in the materials and sustainable construction domain, and to illustrate it on practical examples. These include use of natural renewable/low-carbon engineering materials, nanomaterials and multifunctional materials, waste/recycled materials, etc in the construction industry and the built environment, and material compatibility issues in conservation of built heritage, and the significance in terms of sustainability and the environment. Much of the module is research informed teaching.

The Module will consist of a balanced programme of lectures by experts in the field, supported by a number of laboratory/practical work including demonstrations and exercises, where students will learn the relevant standards, and specialist, state-of-the-art testing and building condition surveying techniques.


Main Content:

Special and high performance concrete materials: modern constituent materials, self-compacting concrete, fibre reinforced concrete, high strength/durability/performance concrete, environmental impact and sustainability issues, use of waste/recycled/alternative materials, performance-based design, etc.

Built Heritage: historic materials and new materials for conservation and repair.

Stone masonry: deterioration and effects of repair and cleaning.

Nanotechnology application in construction materials: current development and future potentials.


This module will work to develop a number of the following key 'I am UWS' graduate attributes: Critical thinker, Inquring, Collaborative, Research-minded, Knowledgeable, autonomous, innovative and driven.


Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Competently assess the latest advances & developments in the construction materials domain. Demonstrate critical awareness of current problems and/or trends associated with the developments.

L2. Develop comprehensive and practical understanding of several important test standards and common techniques for building condition surveying for stone masonry.

L3. Further understand the key characteristics and behaviour of the existing and new construction materials and their main differences, hence apply them most appropriately in the construction industry.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

- Gain and consolidate knowledge and understanding of some more advanced aspects of construction materials and sustainability issues.

- Develop critical awareness of some of the recent important developments in construction materials, their benefits, potentials and limitations.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

- Use a range of specialised skills, techniques, practices and/or materials that are at the forefront of, or informed by forefront developments- through group laboratory work and demonstrations.

- Use a significant range of the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with the subject/discipline/sector – through coursework.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

- Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues, or issues that are informed by forefront developments in the subject/discipline/sector – through coursework.

Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in a subject/discipline/sector – through coursework.

- Apply appropriate quantitative methods to the experiment and results analysis.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

- Develop practical engineering and ICT skills through group project work and individual coursework/report.

- Undertake critical evaluations of a range of numerical and graphical data.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

- Further develop skills in planning self-learning and improving performance.

- Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in lab/practical activities.

- Take responsibility for own work and/or significant responsibility for the work of others.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Independent study consists of Coursework/Lab reports (36 hours), Self study (114 hours) and Exam (2 hours)

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this Module may be delivered in a 'hybrid' mode with an 'adaptive' online examination. If the Covid-19 restrictions are eased, the preferred mode of delivery will be the one approved by the Accrediting Body (JBM) prior to the global pandemic, which is 4 face-to-face contact hours/week of key practical classes.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery28
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop16
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity4
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Various handout materials, resources available on Moodle, Construction Information Services data base.

Extension Resources: Consultation of the undernoted resources is recommended and material from these resources may be of benefit to the student in the assessment process:

- A.M. Neville: “Properties of Concrete”, 4th Edition, Longman, 1995.

- A.Bentur: “Fibre reinforced Cementitious Composites”, London, Elsevier, 1990.

- EFNARC, et al, “The European Guidelines for Self Compacting Concrete”, 2005,

- NRMCA: “Self-consolidating Concrete”, 2006,

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCivil Engineering and Quality Management
ModeratorWenzhong Zhu
External ExaminerJ Oti
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by Joint Board of Moderators of the ICE, IStructE, IHE and CIHT as part of BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Exam (60%)
Coursework (Two reports, worth 20% each)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups. Students with special needs (including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Support Unit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and site visits.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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