Full Title:Materials Technology 1
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MTRL I7002
Credits: 5
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 the nature, manufacture, sustainability, application and specification of materials in the civil engineering industry
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Communicate a basic working knowledge of the sources, composition, manufacture, properties and performance of the more common materials and material products used in a modern civil engineering industry.
  2. Identify materials and material products and carry out and document experiments both as individuals and in groups, in accordance with the relevant standards and codes of practice.
  3. Practice health and safety aspects of handling and dealing with common engineering materials in industry.
  4. Recognise the newer 'greener' materials available in a modern, sustainable industry and demonstrate an understanding of the ethical obligations toward the use of materials.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to materials in construction and their origin
History of construction and materials used.
Major classes of rock. Geological classification of rock - igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. Field identification of common rocks. Geological Survey. Types of aggregates - natural and artificial. Aggregate production in quarries and gravel pits. Physical properties – strength, shape, surface texture. Specification and testing of aggregates. Applications in the construction industry.
History of cement. Types and uses of cement. Raw materials, manufacture, chemical composition. Physical properties - fineness, soundness, setting and hardening process, strength. o Mortars: Cement and lime mortars - composition and uses.
History of concrete. Uses for concrete. Concrete mix design. Admixtures. Concrete properties - workability, cohesiveness, strength, durability, movement properties, elasticity, creep, drying shrinkage, fire resistance. Specification and testing of concrete.
Ferrous Metals
Raw materials – iron ore and scrap metal. Production of pig iron, cast iron, plain carbon steels, alloy steels. Structural steel. Reinforcing steel and prestressing steel. Physical properties of steel – strength, deformation, durability and fire resistance. Specification and testing of steel.
The nature of timber. Use of timber and timber products in construction. Manufacture of timber. Timber seasoning. Physical properties – strength, deformation, durability and fire resistance. Timber specification and testing. Manufacture of timber products – fiberboard, plywood, particle board and glue-laminated timber. Physical properties – strength, deformation and durability. Specification and testing.
Bituminous Materials
History of Bitumen in construction. Sources and manufacture. Specification and testing of bitumen – the penetration test. Bituminous materials in road construction. Macadam and asphalt. Physical properties of macadam and asphalt. Specification and testing. Further uses for bituminous materials in construction. Felts. Specification and tests.
History of polymers. Natural and synthetic polymers. Uses of synthetic polymers in construction. Nature of polymers: Thermoplastic, thermosetting, and elastomer polymers. Production of polymerised components. Physical properties – strength, durability, electrical and thermal conductivity and fire resistance. Identification of plastics in buildings. Specification and testing.
Bricks and Glass
History. Raw materials. Clay, shale and calcium silicate bricks. Production process. Properties - appearance, strength, durability, fire resistance, porosity. Comparison of clay, concrete and calcium silicate bricks. Other clay products. Specification and tests. Building Stone, Facing Stone, Flags and Slates: Sources. Uses. Performance characteristics. Glass for glazing - classification, manufacture, properties and performance. Specification and tests.
Gypsum products
Wallboard, plank and lathe - manufacture, properties and performance. Specification and tests.
Sustainability and Ethical obligations
Pollution Prevention Measures in Manufacturing, Waste Reduction Measures in Manufacturing, Recycled Content, Embodied Energy Reduction, Use of Natural Materials, Reduction of Construction Waste, Local Materials, Energy Efficiency, Water Treatment and Conservation, Use of Non-Toxic or Less-Toxic Materials, Renewable Energy Systems, Longer Life, Reusability, Recyclability, Biodegradability
Health and Safety
Health and safety issues in the specification, handling and end uses of materials.
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 4 to 6no. practical laboratory-based exercises and experiments designed to implement and reinforce the theory presented in lectures including the health and safety aspects associated with the testing of materials. This will also involve the preparation of laboratory reports associated with the directed laboratory exercises. 1,2,3 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment Class tests will be held at the end of each topic. The tests are used as an aid to summarise/close each chapter and to more effectively cover the course content during the semester and are mainly descriptive with some analytical. 1,3,4 10.00 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 The Final Examination will be a 2 - hour written test, assessing all of the learning outcomes. Students will normally be required to answer 3 questions out of 4. 1,2,3,4 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.
Reassessment Description
Students shall also be offered appropriate alternative assessments in place of recoverable elements of coursework for completion prior to the summer break / during the subsequent semester / for consideration prior to the repeat examination board meeting. Elements of coursework which the programme board have agreed are non-recoverable are clearly communicated to students at the start of each semester.

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 No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical No Description 2.00 Every Second Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 4.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Arthur Lyons 2010, Materials for Architects and Builders, 4th Ed., Butterworth - Heinemann [ISBN: 978-1856175197]
  • Jackson and Dhir 1996, Civil Engineering Materials, 5th Ed., Palgrave [ISBN: 0-333-63683-X]
  • Derucher 1998, Materials for Civil and Highway Engineers, 4th Ed., Prentice Hall [ISBN: 0-13-905043-4]
  • Domone and Illston 2010, Construction Materials – Their Nature and Behaviour, 4th Ed., Spon Press [ISBN: 978-0-415-46516-8]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

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