Full Title:Materials Performance
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MTRL E8003
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the performance of building materials in use including an evaluation of how performance is defined and measured.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Explain the structure of matter and how this affects the performance of materials in use.
  2. Recognise and explain the source, development and application of technical and regulatory standards relating to building materials.
  3. Identify and evaluate performance criterion relating to building materials.
  4. Appraise the performance of building materials in use.
  5. Discuss modern advances in material science and how these will have practical application in the built environment.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
States of matter, forms of solid, atomic structure and bonding.
Building Life Cycle
Understanding the characteristics of materials in the context of design, construction, maintenance, repair, demolition and recycling.
Standards and Regulations
Source and development of standards and regulations including: European Codes and Standards, British Codes and Standards, Irish Standards, ISO standards, Agrement Certificates etc.
Performance Criterion
Performance criterion includes where appropriate: Structural stability, durability, environmental, fire, health & safety, aesthetics, acoustics, security, buildability and serviceability, comfort, cost, availability etc.
Performance in Use of Traditional and Modern Building Materials
Timber, bricks, concrete, stone, metals, plastics, glass, insulation, paints, adhesives and sealants, asphalts and bitumen, fibrous materials, hazardous and deleterious materials etc.
Advances in Material Science
Smart materials and nano-technology applicable to the property and construction industry.
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 Written report evaluating a material or materials in a particular context. 3,4 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment Verbal presentation relating to a particular material performance based question. 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 Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 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 will be given the opportunity to remediate part or all of their CA performance by the autumn/repeat examinations board 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 class. 4.00 Every Week 4.00
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
  • Lyons A. 2010, Material for Architects and Builders, 4th Ed., Butterworth Heinemann [ISBN: 9781856175197]
  • Domone P, & Illston J. 2010, Construction Materials: Their Nature and Behaviour:, 4th Ed., SponPress [ISBN: 9780415465168]
  • Kottas D. 2011, The Latest in Construction Materials, Links International [ISBN: 9788492796779]
  • Taylor G. 2000, Materials in Construction, 3rd Ed., Pearson Education Ltd. [ISBN: 0582368898]
  • Allen E. & Iano J., Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, 5th Ed., Wiley 2008 [ISBN: ISBN047000746]
  • Ruston T. 2006, Investigating Hazardous and Deleterious Building Materials, RICS Books [ISBN: 1842192914]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Websites: www.isurv.com, www.rics.org, www.hsa.ie, www.hse.gov.uk, www.bre.co.uk
  • Database: DkIT library electronic databases
  • DVD: NBS TVThe Surveyor’s Channel – Material Risks
  • DVD: Syncronos DesignBuilding With Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home.
  • DVD: Film Media GroupThermal Insulation and Vapour Barriers, Super Materials.
  • DVD: A&E Television NetworksModern Marvels DVD series on Concrete, Bricks, Metal, Quarries, Plastics, Insulation, Paint.

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_EARCT_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology 4 Mandatory
DK_EBSUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Building Surveying 3 Mandatory
DK_EARCT_7 Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology 4 Mandatory
658 Bachelor of Science in Construction Surveying 3 Mandatory
656 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Surveying 3 Mandatory