BEng Civil Engineering
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Materials 1 (Civil)
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The unit provides an introduction to materials science and engineering and emphasises throughout properties that are fundamental to the materials commonly used in construction.
The unit starts with investigation of classification, properties, origin and manufacture, test procedures, assessment of suitability and codes and standards. Since durability is a key property of buildings and structures, response to external forces and response to the environment are discussed for each category of material. The unit introduces the concept of microstructure and how mechanical properties depend upon it. It also acknowledges how the fundamental properties of materials limit design.
The course is delivered around 24 hours of formal lectures and eight hours of Student Centred Learning Assessment is 80% exam and 20% coursework. The coursework comprised 2.5% each for the four Student Centred Learning exercises and 5% each for two on-line quizzes.
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates
To provide an introduction to civil engineering materials technology.
To develop an appreciation of the source, use and properties of the materials used in construction.
To emphasise the diverse ways by which different classes of materials interact with the environment and hence deteriorate.
Materials classification; metals; fatigue; ductile/brittle behaviour; introduction to corrosion; an introduction to steel; bricks and masonry; natural stone; timber; lime, cement and concrete. Degradation, failure mechanisms and durability are discussed for each.
Knowledge and understanding
Appreciate the science underpinning this knowledge
Appreciate some of the social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations of the extraction and use of materials.
Use materials information and selection software (CES Edupac from Granta Design)
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Work with group members to effectively complete the student centred learning exercise.
Demonstrate general IT and information retrieval skills along with the ability to reference the scientific literature and to present general conclusions.
Successfully complete the four student centred learning exercises.
Assignments 'Four student centred learning exercises' - 8 hours,10%
Unseen examination 'Traditional large group lecture. Some printed notes made available to students. Copies of all diagrams made available. Note taking essential and strongly supported.' - 2 hours,80%
Marks provided electronically following ratification by exam board. Individual students have opportunity to obtain feedback from lecturers on exam performance.
Written report : constructive written comments on laboratory reports; general feedback given to whole group as a tutorial. When: 2 weeks after submission
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|Practical classes & workshops||2|
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|Amanda Lea-Langton||Unit coordinator|