Full Title:Building Pathology 1
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:BLDS E8022
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:This module shall enable the student to identify and analyse common building defects 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 resources available. Design, specify, implement and supervise appropriate programmes of remedial works.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Explain the nature and source of typical building defects in residential property
  2. Explain and interpret the identification and analysis of typical building defects in residential property
  3. Explain and illustrate sustainable remediation techniques to elements of defective fabric and structure in residential property

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Historical Development of Buildings
This content shall briefly identify the fundamental changes to the design and construction of residential building fabric elements that would be typically be encountered in current professional practice.
Foundation Failure
The content shall cover all relevant material in connection with the identification, analysis and repair of foundations failures for low rise construction. Typical subject areas are; site investigations, Foundation Design, Settlement, Subsidence, Subsoil Bearing Capacity, Crack Patterns and monitoring, Underpinning Methods, Health and Safety
Defective walls and Partitions
The content shall cover areas such as; types of movement in walls, crack identification and analysis, moisture expansion, thermal expansion, freeze/thaw, chemical attack, wall tie failure, overloading, wall cladding defects, condensation and dampness
Defective Floors and Ceilings
The content shall cover the typical residential defects encountered in practice such as; settlement of Mass concrete floors, chemical attack, deflection of suspended timber floors, floor covering defects, expansion and contraction. Particular attention to be given to effects of condensation and dampness, insect attack and timber decay.
Defective Roofs
The content shall cover areas to typical residential pitched and flat roof types with various types of coverings. Typical aspects to be covered are; Pitched and flat roof covering defects, Roof Structural defects, ventilation, flashing, drainage, roof lights. Particular attention to be given to effects of condensation and dampness, insect attack and timber decay.
Defective Windows and Doors
The content shall briefly look at common problems encountered with windows and doors such as; condensation, ironmongery defects, dampness penetration, insect attack, timber decay, defective seals and hinges. Common window and door material are to be included such as uPVC, aluminium, timber.
Defective Chimney Stacks and Flues
The content shall briefly look at the most common problems encountered in residential chimney stacks and flues.
Defective Building Services
The content shall briefly examine the most common types of services defects encountered in residential buildings. The main services examined to include, lighting, cold and hot water, heating, ventilation, drainage, on site wastewater treatment
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 The student shall find and report on a defined quantity of actual building defects that are associated with a suitable building type. The student is to provide a written report with photographs, sketches outlining the identification, analysis and repair of the selected defects. 1,2,3 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment The student shall carry out approximately four open book tasks that are tailored to represent real life applications in professional practice. These tasks shall be carried out in class time and the students are to receive feedback on each of the tasks. The lecturer shall select at least two tasks that shall be marked at 10% each. 1,2,3 20.00 0 0 n/a 60
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 End of Term formal Exam. 1,2,3 60.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 120
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 Class 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Practical class focused on "application of knowledge" from the thery class. Practical Tasks, problems solving. (Some CA shall be completed in this Class) 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study Preparation for the final exam 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading Continuous Assessment Work 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Watt, David S., Building Pathology, Second Ed., Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Edition edition (7 Aug 2007) [ISBN: 978-140516103]
  • Marshall D., Worthing D., Heath R., Dann N., Understanding Housing Defects, Fourth Ed., Estates Gazette; 4 edition (13 Dec 2013 [ISBN: 978-008097112]
  • Douglas, James, Noy Edward. A., Building Surveys and Reports, Fourth Ed., Wiley-Blackwell; 4th Edition edition (7 Jan 2011) [ISBN: 978-140519761]
  • Building Research Establishment, All relevant Publications, Most available from the ISH Database
  • Hollis, M 2008, Surveying Buildings, 5th Ed. Ed. [ISBN: 978184219192]
  • Hinks, J. & Cook, G. 1997, The technology of Building Defects, E & FN Spon [ISBN: 04191978]
  • Institure of Structural Engineers 2010, Appraisal of Existing Structures, 3rd Ed. Ed., ISE [ISBN: 9781906335045]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Charted Association of Building Engineers, Builidng Engineers Journal
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

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