BLAR11033 - Building Materials 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will develop your knowledge on the properties of building materials. You will also examine testing (both destructive and non-destructive) of timber, concrete, and metals in relation to: Timber - grading, strength tests, durability and protection of timber products; Concrete - tests on aggregates, fresh and hardened concrete properties, durability studies and test methods, and concrete protection; and Metal - ferrous and non-ferrous metal and its alloys, corrosion of metals and protection, and strength properties tests. This unit also develops your understanding of: Protection from corrosion and destruction; Identifying the suitable grade material for the site conditions; and Relevant Australian and international Standards. You will be provided with an introduction to: the development and application of materials from industry by-products and re-cycling of materials and life-cycle analysis of materials.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
• BEST ASPECTS: Rema was willing to help and replied to any questions in a timely manner. The Collaborate Live sessions were extremely valuable! • This course was a great foundation unit, were the study guide allowing us to look at basic materials, their usage in construction and some of their basic properties, which were fairly comprehensive and useful • Like the assessments and having two of the three broken into two parts with one being a quiz is a good idea. Moodle course evaluaton Good to know that the content is useful and the assessment items were suitable. Thank you for your feedback. Will continue to do my level best.
ASPECTS NEED ATTENTION • Links in the study materials didn’t work. • Prefer to have an introduction to the Australian Standards, particularly as some people don't come from a Building background and assignment required standards references. Moodle course evaluaton Thanks for the feedback. Will check the links in the study guide. Will try to include an introductory session on library and standards references.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain building materials, including the types, manufacturing process, properties, usage in construction and the life cycle analysis.
  2. Apply the Australian and international standards relevant to building materials.
  3. Conduct a literature review to answer specific questions related to building materials.
  4. Report on building materials through effective written communication.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment    

Prescribed Textbooks

Fundamental Building Materials
Author/s: Ward-Harvey, K Year: 2009
Edition: 4th Publisher: Universal-Publishers
City: Florida
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Office
  • Internet
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRemadevi Dhanasekar (r.dhanasekar@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Timber and timber products

Begin Workbook

Week 2 13-03-2017

Timber and timber products

Week 3 20-03-2017

Timber and timber products

Week 4 27-03-2017

Concrete and introduction to blocks

Week 5 03-04-2017

Concrete and introduction to blocks

Assessment item-1 Due Wednesday (05 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Concrete and introduction to blocks

Week 7 24-04-2017

Concrete and introduction to blocks

Week 8 01-05-2017

Metallic material

Week 9 08-05-2017

Metallic material

Assessment item-2 Due Wednesday (10 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Metallic material

Week 11 22-05-2017

Resource efficiency

Week 12 29-05-2017

Resource efficiency

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Program review period (30 May 11 - 1 June 11)

Assessment item-3 Due Wednesday (07 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment item-1
Task Description

This assessment questions cover timber as a building material including its grading, properties, testing, selection and usage in construction. This assessment has two parts namely Part-A (assignment) and Part-B (online multiple choice test). Part-A weighting is 20 marks and Part-B weighting is 10 marks.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Wednesday (05-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Wednesday (26-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Part A

Content 90 % - Demonstration of understanding of the above building material’s properties, behaviour and the suitability for usage in construction, selection of the material to solve problems with scientific reasoning, application of material related theory to practice.

Presentation 5% - Appropriate use of information technology to present the assignment in the required format. Demonstration of student’s ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Reference 5% - Demonstration of student’s ability to collect information from text, standards, publications and web including & other than the given references from the study materials.

Part B

Content 100 % Select the correct answer from the multiple choices

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assessment item-1 Part A, must be submitted as "one single word file" ; Assessment item-1 Part B is an online multiple choice test

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain building materials, including the types, manufacturing process, properties, usage in construction and the life cycle analysis.

2. Apply the Australian and international standards relevant to building materials.

3. Conduct a literature review to answer specific questions related to building materials.

4. Report on building materials through effective written communication.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment item-2
Task Description

This assessment question cover the content including properties of and selection of concrete, testing of concrete ingredients, fresh and hardened concrete, and durability of concrete as building material.

This Assessment needs case study. Case study stands for the observation and analysis of an ongoing construction (option 1) or recently finished construction (option 2). Examples from literature can be used only as reference material to support the case study information of this assessment item.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Wednesday (10-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Wednesday (24-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Content 90 % - Demonstration of understanding of the above building material’s properties, behaviour and the suitability for usage in construction, selection of the material to solve problems with scientific reasoning, application of material related theory to practice.

Presentation 5% - Appropriate use of information technology to present the assignment in the required format. Demonstration of student’s ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Reference 5% - Demonstration of student’s ability to collect information from text, standards, publications and web including & other than the given references from the study materials.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assignment item-2 must be submitted as "one single word file"

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain building materials, including the types, manufacturing process, properties, usage in construction and the life cycle analysis.

2. Apply the Australian and international standards relevant to building materials.

3. Conduct a literature review to answer specific questions related to building materials.

4. Report on building materials through effective written communication.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment item-3
Task Description

This assessment item has questions from the metal manufacturing process, properties, selection and application of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in construction and also including the content of life cycle analysis and resource efficiency of building materials. This assessment has two parts namely Part-A (assignment) and Part-B (online multiple choice test). Part-A weighting is 25 marks and Part-B weighting is 15 marks.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Wednesday (07-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 5.00PM on 06 July Wednesday - University Vacation period
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Part A

Content 90 % - Demonstration of understanding of the above building material’s properties, behaviour and the suitability for usage in construction, selection of the material to solve problems with scientific reasoning, application of material related theory to practice.

Presentation 5% - Appropriate use of information technology to present the assignment in the required format. Demonstration of student’s ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Reference 5% - Demonstration of student’s ability to collect information from text, standards, publications and web including & other than the given references from the study materials.

Part B

Content 100 % Select the correct answer from the multiple choices

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assessment item-1 Part A, must be submitted as "one single word file" ; Assessment item-1 Part B is an online multiple choice test

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain building materials, including the types, manufacturing process, properties, usage in construction and the life cycle analysis.

2. Apply the Australian and international standards relevant to building materials.

3. Conduct a literature review to answer specific questions related to building materials.

4. Report on building materials through effective written communication.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence




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