Construction Materials and Concrete Technology


This module introduces students to the full range of materials that are commonly used on construction projects. The module will instruct students on the engineering properties of concrete, its constituents and their effects. A basic level of understanding of the chemistry of cement, concrete and admixtures will be provided. Students will learn about specification, design and production of concrete mixes, including associated quality control and statistical procedures. Students will also conduct the most common laboratory tests on concrete and aggregates in accordance with current practice.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify materials and products associated with construction and civil engineering projects

  2. Describe the physical properties of materials, their production and uses

  3. Outline and apply quality control, health and safety and environmental issues associated with the use of materials

  4. Explain the mechanical, geometric and chemical properties of concrete and its constituents

  5. Characterise, specify, design and produce concrete mixes in accordance with EU Standards

  6. Conduct relevant tests on fresh and hardened concrete and its constituents

  7. Manage construction site concreting activities

% Coursework 70%
% Final Exam 30%