Full Title:Building Pathology 2
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:BLDS E8031
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module shall enable the student to identify and analyse building defects in industrial and commercial properties using a pathological approach; carry out prognosis of defects diagnosed and recommend the most appropriate course of action having regard to the building, its future and available resources. Design, specify, and implement appropriate programmes of remedial works.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Recognise and evaluate the nature and source of typical building defects in industrial and commercial property.
  2. Explain and evaluate the identification and analysis of typical building defects in industrial and commercial properties.
  3. Select and sketch remediation techniques to elements of defective fabric and structure in industrial and commercial properties.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Defective roofs
Roof defects in industrial and commercial buildings including: pitched and flat roof coverings, asbestos cement and cement fibre sheeting, profiled metal sheet roofing, roof structural defects, ventilation, flashing, drainage, roof lights. Glulam and box beams.
Defective wall envelope and partitions
Envelope defects in industrial and commercial buildings including: Movements in walls, freeze/thaw, chemical attack, wall tie failure, overloading, wall cladding defects. Masonry facades, applied exterior finishes to concrete (including ceramic tiles, terrazzo and Mineralite renders), thin stone cladding, concrete cladding, GRC, plastics and metals (lead, copper, zinc, aluminium, steel, cast and wrought iron). Decoration and external surface finishes.
Defective floors and ceilings
Floor and ceiling defects in industrial and commercial buildings including settlement of mass concrete floors, ground bearing floor slabs, upper floors and roof decks, floor screeds and finishes, raised access floors, vibration in composite floors, expansion and contraction, chemical attack.
Defective windows and doors
Door and window (including curtain walling and structural glazing)defects in industrial and commercial buildings including upvc, aluminium and timber doors and windows condensation, ironmongery defects, defective seals and hinges; Curtain walling, insulating glass units, mechanical fixing systems.
Identification and analysis techniques
Selection and use of appropriate advanced on-site and laboratory testing methods.
Health in buildings
SBS, sound and noise, mould, contaminated land, radon, methane, asbestos and deleterious materials.
Fire and flood damage
Assessment of damage and remedial measures.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment The student shall carry out a two open book tasks that are tailored to represent real life applications to professional practice. These tasks shall be carried out in class time. Tasks will be worth equal marks. 3 25.00 100 40 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment The student shall find and report on a defined quantity of actual building defects that are associated with industrial and commercial properties. The student is to provide a written report with photographs, sketches outlining the identification, analysis and repair of the selected defects 3 25.00 100 40 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 Final Examination 3 50.00 100 40 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 will be given an opportunity to remediate part or all of their CA performance by the autumn/repeat examination boards by repeating part or all of the same or similar CA.

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 Theory based 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Guided identification, prognosis, diagnosis and recommendation of appropriate remedial techniques for defects identified in lectures including preparation of sketches. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading Preparation for CA 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study Preparation for final examination 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Rushton, T. 2009, Investigating Defects in Commercial and Industrial Buildings, RICS Books [ISBN: 978184219441]
  • Hollis, M 2008, Surveying Building, 5th Ed., RICS Books [ISBN: 978184219192]
  • Watt, D 2007, Building Pathology, 2nd Ed., Blackwell Publishing [ISBN: 978140516103]
  • Hinks, J. & Cook, G 1997, The technology of building defects., E&FN Spon [ISBN: 04191978]
  • Rushton, T. 2006, Investigating Hazardous & Deleterious Building Materials, RICS Books [ISBN: 9781842192917]
  • Institution of Structural Engineers 2010, Appraisal of Existing Structures, 3rd Ed., ISE [ISBN: 9781906335045]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_EBSUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Building Surveying 7 Mandatory