ENGCV251-21A (HAM)

Construction 1

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Engineering


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Paper Description

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An understanding of the properties, limitations, and selection of materials used in civil engineering construction is fundamental for a practicing civil engineer. Hence, this paper covers in more detail the physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of common civil materials such as concrete, timber, aluminium, and composites. The paper also introduces the students to construction process methodologies, planning, documentation, health and safety, and environment. Additional topics such as cost estimation and risk management will also be taught.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through lectures and practical laboratory sessions. In addition, a site visit will be scheduled in the second half of the trimester (time TBC). Students are required to provide their own steel-capped boots (safety shoes).

Practicals: Four 2-hour sessions run at one session per week. Practical sessions to be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays (between 11am-1pm) from the 2nd week of Trimester A. Lab groups are to be assigned during the 1st week of Trimester A.

IMPORTANT NOTE for students - Laboratory Handbook

An electronic copy of the laboratory handbook required for this paper will be provided via Moodle page.

Laboratory worksheets and reports are a very important part of this paper and attendance at laboratory sessions is compulsory.

Important Note for International Students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of your visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Explain the behaviour of common construction materials (e.g. concrete, timber, aluminium) based on the fundamental material properties (WA1)
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  • Apply knowledge of material structure, including imperfections to predict the behaviour of different materials (WA2)
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  • Describe and explain the factors affecting material choice and construction methods for civil engineering projects (WA1,2)
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  • Explain the cost estimation process and risk management in a construction project (WA2,11)
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  • Describe and explain the key elements of the construction process (WA2,10,11)
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This paper facilitates the development of technical writing, an important competency expected of a scientist and engineer. In order to pass this paper, students are expected to demonstrate their ability to produce written work of an adequate standard. Learning outcomes will be assessed by means of a combination of tests, laboratory worksheets, laboratory report, site visit report, quizzes and a final exam.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 65:35. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 35% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 65:35 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 35% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
1 Apr 2021
10:00 AM
2. Test 2
27 May 2021
10:00 AM
3. Quizzes
4. Laboratory sessions and report
5. Site visit report
6. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods by Edward Allen, and Joseph Iano

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Online Support

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Handouts for this paper will be available on Moodle for students to download. This will be confirmed by the lecturer concerned. It will also be assumed that students check their e-mail at the address recorded in Moodle at least once per day.
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The expected workload for this paper would be expected to average at approximately 36 hours for lectures, 2 hours for tests, 8 hours for laboratory work, 44 hours for completing laboratory and site visit reports, and 61 hours for quizzes, reading and revision.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: ENMP102 or ENGEN112




Restricted papers: ENMP211 or ENGMP211

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