Full Title:Civil Engineering Construction 1
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:CENG E7005
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The purpose of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of construction methology, terminology, techniques and technology used in the construction of Infrastructural Engineering works.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify and assimilate a basic knowledge of general Civil Engineering construction methodologies and terminology in various areas of the industry.
  2. Recognise, discuss and appraise technological advancements in constrution methodology.
  3. Prepare and interpret engineering drawings applicable to various areas of the industry.
  4. Recognise and discuss the use of various different standards and pieces of legislation applicable to the construction industry.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Types of Contract, Contract documentation overview, site organisation structures and roles.
Site Planning
Site organisation and layout considerations, haul roads, security, double handling. Introduction Health and Safety, site safety and signage, current Irish and EU legislation, format and intrinsic features of safety signs.
Structural Types and Elements
Solid, skeletal, tension cable and tension membrane structures. Primary, secondary, tertiary elements and finishes.
Bricks and Blocks (Basic precast construction)
Classification methods. Standard unit dimensions, jointing types and building terminology. Bonding patterns, Stretcher, Flemish, English, Rat Trap.
Requirements, Shallow foundation types, trenches, pads and rafts. Assessment of size. Deep foundations, Basements, Piers, Cassions and Piles. Pile foundation classification, displacememt, replacement classification and construction process. Pile caps and ground beams.
Roofing Structures
Functions and choice. Pitch roof types. Single, double and trussed roofing structures - King post, queen post, Fink/TRADA trusses. Condensation effects. Flat roofs, Shell roofs, Spacedeck and Spaceframe structures.
Retaining Structures
Stability principles, Mass and cantilever retaining walls. Failure mechanisms, slip, sliding, overturning and rotation. Classification.
Site Investigation works
Types and content of site investigation. Sampling methods, trial pits, bore holes and drilling procedures and options. Production and interpretation of Bore hole logs. Field tests and analysis of results, cone penetration, shear vane.
Sources and effects on health and construction. Points of entry and detection. Protection and extraction systems, new build and retrofitting.
Pipeline Construction
Gravity and pressure systems. Storm and foul sewers. Design gradients and self cleansing velocity. Pipe sizes and types and materials. Construction techniques, materials and site testing. Longitudinal section calculation and production. Pressure systems, terminology, materials valves and fittings. Trenchless construction technology, pipe bursting, directional drilling.
Construction and Component Drawing Preparation
Layout of drawings, linetypes and line weights. 1st and 3rd angle projections. Cross Sections and longitudinal sections. Use and calculation of scales. Presentation of construction, assembly and component drawings.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Throughout the year the student will complete a series of exercises, one per week, 20 No. in total. Exercises will be predominantly drawing based but will also include some laboratory testing. The content of the exercises will complement the indicitive content of the module. 1,3,4 40.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam Formal examination examining all of the indictive content. 1,2,4 60.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Formal lecture 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Drawing office/laboratory practicals 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study Completion of practical assignments commenced during class contact 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading Assimilation of materials presented during formal lectures. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Roy Chudley and Roger Greeno. 2013, Building construction handbook, 9th Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 0080970613]
  • Eugene Farrell, John A. McCarthy, Anthony McFeely 2008, House building manual: Homebond, 6th Ed., National House Building Guarantee Company Dublin [ISBN: 0952361442]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Roy Holmes 1995, Introduction to Civil Engineering Construction, 3rd Ed., College of Estate Management [ISBN: 1899769307]
  • Warran, Dene R. 1996, Civil Engineering Construction : Design and Management, Macmillan Basingstoke [ISBN: 0333636821]
  • B. G Fletcher & S.A Lavan 1987, Civil Engineering Construction, Butterworth - Heinemann [ISBN: 0434905720]
  • Civil Engineers Reference Book, 4th Ed., Butterworth - Heinemann Oxford [ISBN: 0750619643]
  • Arthur Thompson. 1993, Introduction to construction drawing, Arnold London [ISBN: 0340568232]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • website: Health and Safety AuthorityHealth and Safety Authority
  • Publication: Health and Safety Authority 2007, Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 Chapter 1 of Part 7: Safety Signs at Places of Work, Health and Safety Authority, Dublin
  • website: Radiological Protection Institute of IrelandRadon Maps

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_ECIVL_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering 1 Mandatory