Principles of Structures and Building Fabrics

MQF Level 6

6 Credits (ECTS)

Principles of Structures and Building Fabrics

Start
October 2024
Module Type
Compulsory
Price
€364
ECTS Credits
6 Credits (ECTS)
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Module Description

Different construction projects have different technological, structural and engineering requirements. A simple house differs significantly from a high-rise building, or an infrastructural building or a highway.

The same applies to the electrical and mechanical services requirements of different types of projects, as indeed to the architectural features.

Construction project managers must be aware of these different requirements and appreciate the need for such requirements and how the different disciplines must come together to ensure that the project outcome will be achieved.

This module will introduce students to the various building technologies used in modern construction projects, the design aspects behind these methods and materials used.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who wish to apply for the B.Sc. Top-Up degree must possess the following:

• a full qualification at MQF Level 5 with 120 ECTS in a discipline related to this programme.

Candidates who wish to apply for the Level 6 Award must possess the following:

• a qualification at MQF Level 5 in a discipline related to this programme;

OR

• any other qualification at MQF Level 5 and 3 years’ work experience within the construction industry.

 

Target Audience

This course is targeted at:

  • Professionals within the construction industry with a full Level 5 qualification in construction-related studies, seeking to achieve a B.Sc. Top-Up degree;
  • Professionals within the construction industry seeking professional and academic advancement, leading to a Level 6 Award.

Module / Unit Instruction

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via peer-to-peer learning.  The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes: 

  •   Face-to-face sessions:  21 hours
  •   Online Learning Activities:  15 hours

 Face to Face sessions 

Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.   

 Online Learning Activities 

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions.  These may consist of active interaction, participation and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises. 

Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.  

The tutor provides continual support during both teaching -learning modes by providing information, readings and tasks relevant to the module in questionThe tutor provides continuous formative feedback as an on-going guidance during the student’s learning experience in preparation for their summative assessment.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment of each module consists of two assignments, each carrying a weighting as below: 

  • Assignment 1 carries 20% of total module mark achieved. 
  • Assignment 2 carries 80% of total module mark achieved. 

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 50% pass mark in both assignments. 

The overall grade achieved for each module is calculated as the sum of: 

  • 20% of the mark achieved for assignment 1; and  
  • 80% of the mark achieved for assignment 2. 

All assignment tasks of both assessments aim to provide the learner an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of this Module.  

Assessment

a)  Assignment 1 tasks for this module are provided in the form of structured online discussions that support learners in their development.

Such discussions are facilitated and monitored by the lecturer who provides students with constructive feedback to help them improve and prepare for summative assignment and dissertation

These discussions will contribute to the student’s final mark to acknowledge their work and give chance to improve.

This method allows students to also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.  

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 50% pass mark in the assignment 1. 

b) Assignment 2 is done via one assignment at the end of the module.

The written assignment will be a report on the final outcome of a practical task assigned by the tutor and directly related to the subject matter of the module. The practical task will require the student to visit and analyse real construction projects.  

Recommended word count range: 3000 ± 10% 

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 50% pass mark in the assignment 2. 

Assignment
Discussions

Module Intake Dates

October 2024
Malta
Price
€364

Additional Info

Reading for the entire Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Top-Up in Construction Project Management as presented in this brochure costs €4,500.*

Reading for the Level 6 Award in Construction Project Management costs €4,000.*

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.**

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.***

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying.
**Terms and conditions apply.
*** For the price of individual modules, please contact the IDEA Academy team.

Learning Outcomes

Competences:  
At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to: 

  • Classify and be able to apply various construction methods and materials as well as technologies related to ground engineering and substructures, the building superstructure, its envelope, finishes, and engineering services. 
  • Analyse various tools, machinery, and software generally used in the various phases of construction projects and finished facilities. 
  • Assess the rationale behind the choice of construction methods, materials, tools, and technologies in relation the construction phase and the finished facility. 
  • Examine different construction projects and recommend the methods, materials, tools, technologies, and machinery used. 

 

Knowledge: 
Learning Outcomes: 

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the various technologies that are related to the construction industry in general. 
  • Have an understanding of the processes, regulations and risks associated with Deconstruction and demolition works and excavation.  
  • Identify the building design requirements applicable to most structures and construction projects. 
  • Differentiate between different construction methods, materials, tools, machinery, and technologies and determine appropriateness in relation to different construction projects. 
  • Understand the need for various tools and materials used in the construction industry, from design to final completion. 

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following indicative content:

Building Materials 

  • The application and properties of a variety of materials used in construction 
  • The main groups of materials:  metals, stone, concrete, timber and glass in relation to a specific construction project and related structures. 
  • The behavior of various construction materials and their application in construction project and the eventual built structures and facilities; 
  • Other materials used in construction such as ceramics, bituminous materials and others as well as materials considered to be ‘green’ materials in relation to a specific construction project. 

Building Technologies  

  • The various technologies and the various engineering services technologies applicable to a specific construction project including: 
  • Building services technologies;  
  • Building management technologies;   
  • Technologies related to green construction;  

Green Construction  

  • Assessment methods (e.g., BREEAM and LEED) 
  • Checks to ensure an environmentally friendly construction outcome. 

Integration of Building materials, technologies, and related methodologies 

  • Different construction methods and building designs  
  • Materials 
  • Tools 
  • Machinery 
  • Technologies 
  • Determining appropriateness in relation to different construction projects. 
Skills:  
At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:  

  • Analyse the pros and cons of the application and properties of a variety of materials used in construction – including the main groups of materials:  metals, stone, concrete, timber and glass in relation to a specific construction project and related structures. 
  • Able to take into account the behavior of various construction materials and their application in construction project and the eventual built structures and facilities; 
  • Examine the properties and behaviors of various other materials used in construction such as ceramics, bituminous materials and others as well as materials considered to be ‘green’ materials in relation to a specific construction project. 
Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences

At the end of the module/unit, the learner will be able to: 

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc.  
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