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  1. 1. Building Materials (ARC 1513): April 2013 1 | P a g e SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING & DESIGN Centre for Modern Architecture Studies in Southeast Asia (MASSA) _________________________________________________________________________________________ Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Architecture) Module: BUILDING MATERIALS [ARC 1513] / [BLD60103] Prerequisite: None Credit hours: 3 __________________________________________________________________________________ Lecturers: Sanjeh Raman, Ann See Peng, Chong Sue May This module intends to inform the student of the relevant visual and physical properties of a wide range of building materials. It also encompass the broad environmental debate by including energy saving and recycled materials. For each material the module describes the manufacturing process, salient properties and typical uses of these materials, with the aim of ensuring their appropriate application within the awareness of the suitability of the physical and chemical properties as well as its ecological impact. Students will undergo a series of continuous assessments such as project and tests to ascertain the objective and outcome of the module is achieved. Module Teaching Objectives • To introduce various types of building materials used in current construction practice. • To create an understanding of the choices designers make in choosing building materials based on the properties of these materials. Module Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to: 1. Recognize and recall types and properties of materials 2. Describe the general use of different materials in construction 3. Explain the physical properties of building materials 4. Explain the chemical properties of building materials 5. Explain the effect of building materials on construction and structural qualities 6. Analyse problems associated with different materials used Modes of Delivery This is a 3 credit hour subject held over 14 weeks. The mode of delivery will be in the form of lectures, tutorials, field trips and self-study. The breakdown of the hours is as follows: Contact Hours Lecture: 2 hours/week Tutorial: 2 hours/week Self-Study: 4 hours/week
  2. 2. Building Materials (ARC 1513): April 2013 2 | P a g e Office Hours You are encouraged to visit the instructor/lecturer/tutor concerned for assistance during office hours. If the office hours do not meet your schedule, notify the instructor and set appointment times as needed. TIMeS TIMeS will be used as a communication tool and information portal for students to access module materials, project briefs, assignments and announcements. Sanjeh Raman Ann See Peng Chong Sue May Major TGC incorporated in this module
  3. 3. Building Materials (ARC 1513): April 2013 3 | P a g e Taylor’s Graduate Capabilities (TGC) The teaching and learning approach at Taylor’s University is focused on developing the Taylor’s Graduate Capabilities (TGC) in its students; capabilities that encompass the knowledge, cognitive capabilities and soft skills of its graduates. Discipline Specific Knowledge TGCs Acquired Through Module Learning Outcomes 1.0 Discipline Specific Knowledge 1.1 Able to put theories into practice. 1,2 1.2 Understand ethical issues in the context of the field of studies. 6 1.3 Understand professional practice within the field of studies. - Cognitive Capabilities 2.0 Lifelong Learning 2.1 Learn independently. - 2.2 Locate, extract, synthesise and utilise information effectively. 6 2.3 Be intellectually engaged. 5 3.0 Thinking and Problem Solving Skills 3.1 Think critically and creatively. 6 3.2 Define and analyse problems to arrive at effective solutions. 3,4 Soft Skills 4.0 Communication Skills 4.1 Communicate appropriately in various setting and modes. - 5.0 Interpersonal Skills 5.1 Understand team dynamics and mobilise the power of teams. - 5.2 Understand and assume leadership. - 6.0 Intrapersonal Skills 6.1 Manage one self and be self-reliant. 3,4,5 6.2 Reflect on one’s actions and learning. 2,5 6.3 Embody Taylor's core values. - 7.0 Citizenship and Global Perspectives 7.1 Be aware and form opinions from diverse perspectives. - 7.2 Understand the value of civic responsibility and community engagement. 6 8.0 Digital Literacy 8.1 Effective use of information and communication (ICT) and related technologies. -
  4. 4. Building Materials (ARC 1513): April 2013 4 | P a g e General Rules and Regulations Late Submission Penalty The School imposes a late submission penalty for work submitted late without a valid reason e.g. a medical certificate. Any work submitted after the deadline (which may have been extended) shall have the percentage grade assigned to the work on face value reduced by 10% for the first day and 5% for each subsequent day late. A weekend counts as one (1) day. Individual members of staff shall be permitted to grant extensions for assessed work that they have set if they are satisfied that a student has given good reasons. Absenteeism at intermediate or final presentation will result in zero mark for that presentation. The Board of Examiners may overrule any penalty imposed and allow the actual mark achieved to be used if the late submission was for a good reason. Attendance, Participation and Submission of Assessment Components Attendance is compulsory. Any student who arrives late after the first half-hour of class will be considered as absent. The lectures and tutorials will assist you in expanding your ideas and your assessments. A minimum of 80% attendance is required to pass the module and/or be eligible for the final examination and/or presentation. Students will be assessed based on their performance throughout the semester. Students are expected to attend and participate actively in class. Class participation is an important component of every module. Students must attempt all assessment components. Failure to attempt assessment components worth 20% or more, the student would be required to resubmit or resit an assessment component, even though the student has achieved more than 50% in the overall assessment. Failure to attempt all assessment components, including final exam and final presentation, will result in failing the module irrespective of the marks earned, even though the student has achieved more than 50% in the overall assessment. Plagiarism (Excerpt from Taylor’s University Student Handbook 2013, page 59) Plagiarism, which is an attempt to present another person’s work as your own by not acknowledging the source, is a serious case of misconduct which is deemed unacceptable by the University. "Work" includes written materials such as books, journals and magazine articles or other papers and also includes films and computer programs. The two most common types of plagiarism are from published materials and other students’ works. 1. Published Materials In general, whenever anything from someone else’s work is used, whether it is an idea, an opinion or the results of a study or review, a standard system of referencing should be used. Examples of plagiarism may include a sentence or two, or a table or a diagram from a book or an article used without acknowledgement. Serious cases of plagiarism can be seen in cases where the entire paper presented by the student is copied from another book, with an addition of only a sentence or two by the student. While the former can be treated as a simple failure to cite references, the latter is likely to be viewed as cheating in an examination. Though most assignments require the need for reference to other peoples’ works, in order to avoid plagiarism, students should keep a detailed record of the sources of ideas and findings and ensure that these sources are clearly quoted in their assignment. Note that plagiarism also refers to materials obtained from the Internet too.
  5. 5. Building Materials (ARC 1513): April 2013 5 | P a g e 2. Other Students’ Work Circulating relevant articles and discussing ideas before writing an assignment is a common practice. However, with the exception of group assignments, students should write their own papers. Plagiarising the work of other students into assignments includes using identical or very similar sentences, paragraphs or sections. When two students submit papers that are very similar in tone and content, both are likely to be penalised. Student Participation Your participation in the module is encouraged. You have the opportunity to participate in the following ways: Your ideas and questions are welcomed, valued and encouraged. Your input is sought to understand your perspectives, ideas and needs in planning subject revision. You have opportunities to give feedback and issues will be addressed in response to that feedback. Do reflect on your performance in Portfolios. Student evaluation on your views and experiences about the module are actively sought and used as an integral part of improvement in teaching and continuous improvement. Student-centered Learning (SCL) The module uses the Student-centered Learning (SCL) approach. Utilization of SCL embodies most of the principles known to improve learning and to encourage student’s participation. SCL requires students to be active, responsible participants in their own learning and instructors are to facilitate the learning process. Various teaching and learning strategies such as experiential learning, problem-based learning, site visits, group discussions, presentations, working in group and etc. can be employed to facilitate the learning process. In SCL, students are expected to be: active in their own learning; self-directed to be responsible to enhance their learning abilities; able to cultivate skills that are useful in today’s workplace; active knowledge seekers; active players in a team. Types of Assessment and Feedback Each student will be graded in the form of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments will provide information to guide the student in the research process. This form of assessment will be conducted through Interim Critique/Review sessions. Summative assessment will inform the student about the level of understanding and performance capabilities achieved at the end of each project with form of a final examination. Assessments Type Learning outcomes Marks Duration Submission Date Project 1 Individual 1-7 30% 4 weeks Hardcopy & class presentation Project 2 Group (30%+ 10%) 8-9 40% 5 weeks Hardcopy& class presentation Portfolio Individual 1-9 Pass/Fail n/a Final Examination Individual 2-9 30% n/a Refer to Final Examination Timetable Total 100%
  6. 6. Building Materials (ARC 1513): April 2013 6 | P a g e Assessment Plan 1. Coursework This module will be graded in the form of coursework and final examination. It consists of 2 projects, final examination and a portfolio submission. Project 1: “Space Out- the material CUBE” The intent of this project is to introduce students to Building Materials which are currently used in the industry. This project is designed as an introduction to building materials that are commonly used in the local construction industry. Students are required to construct cubes using the listed material to explore and understand building making in relation to materials, design considerations of material according to their properties and to finally understand how the intrinsic forms, limitations and boundaries of a material factor in a design process. Project 2: Mood Board: Experiential Exploration of Space & Materials This project introduces students to various types of material that are applied in existing buildings locally in response to local contexts such as climate, concept, aesthetics, structure, occupancy and environmental issues. Emphasis is given to identification and understanding the effects of material, chemical and physical properties. 2. Final Examination The final examination is designed to assess the ability of the students in solving material-design issues, appropriate material-occupancy specification and understanding of material properties of materials and technical issues related to building materials. The format of the assessment will be informed later. 3. Taylor’s Graduate Capabilities Portfolio The Taylor’s Graduate Capabilities (TGC) Portfolio is a document that collates all assessments produced in a module and reflects a student’s acquisition of the Module Learning Outcomes and Taylor’s Graduate Capabilities. For students enrolled in the 2011 Programme Structure The TGC portfolio is an edited A3-size bound document that includes all the assessments produced in the module. Visual diary and process of work (packaged) are to be included as part of the portfolio submission. Students must reflect on their learning through the TGC Portfolio Form. For students enrolled in the 2012 Programme Structure onwards Each students is to develop an ePortfolio, a web-based portfolio in the form of a personal academic blog. The ePortfolio is developed progressively for all modules taken throughout Semesters 1 to 5, and culminates with a final Portfolio in printed form produced in the final semester. The printed Portfolio must encapsulates the acquisition of Programme Learning Outcomes and Taylor’s Graduate Capabilities, and showcase the distinctiveness and identity of the student as a graduate of the programme.
  7. 7. Building Materials (ARC 1513): April 2013 7 | P a g e Marks and Grading Table (Revised as per Programme Guide 2013) Assessments and grades will be returned within two weeks of your submission. You will be given grades and necessary feedback for each submission. The grading system is shown below: Grade Marks Grade Points Definition Description A 80 – 100 4.00 Excellent Evidence of original thinking; demonstrated outstanding capacity to analyze and synthesize; outstanding grasp of module matter; evidence of extensive knowledge base. A- 75 – 79 3.67 Very Good Evidence of good grasp of module matter; critical capacity and analytical ability; understanding of relevant issues; evidence of familiarity with the literature. B+ 70 – 74 3.33 Good Evidence of grasp of module matter; critical capacity and analytical ability, reasonable understanding of relevant issues; evidence of familiarity with the literature.B 65 – 69 3.00 B- 60 – 64 2.67 Pass Evidence of some understanding of the module matter; ability to develop solutions to simple problems; benefitting from his/her university experience. C+ 55 – 59 2.33 C 50 – 54 2.00 D+ 47 – 49 1.67 Marginal Fail Evidence of nearly but not quite acceptable familiarity with module matter, weak in critical and analytical skills. D 44 – 46 1.33 D- 40 – 43 1.00 F 0 – 39 0.00 Fail Insufficient evidence of understanding of the module matter; weakness in critical and analytical skills; limited or irrelevant use of the literature. WD - - Withdrawn Withdrawn from a module before census date, typically mid-semester. F(W) 0 0.00 Fail Withdrawn after census date, typically mid-semester. IN - - Incomplete An interim notation given for a module where a student has not completed certain requirements with valid reason or it is not possible to finalise the grade by the published deadline. P - - Pass Given for satisfactory completion of practicum. AU - - Audit Given for a module where attendance is for information only without earning academic credit. Description 1: Week 3 to week 7 (inclusive) for long semester, or week 3 to week 5 (inclusive) for short semester. A short semester is less than 14 weeks. Not applicable for audit and internship. Description 2: After week 7 for long semester, or after week 5 for short semester. A short semester is less than 14 weeks. Not applicable for audit and internship.
  8. 8. Building Materials (ARC 1513): April 2013 8 | P a g e Module Schedule WEEK/DATE TOPICS LECTURE TUTORIAL INFO R/S. STUDY NOTES Week 1 24/03/14 Sanjeh,Ann,S ue May Lecture: Introduction to Building Materials 2 2 4 Briefing Project 1 “Space Out- the material CUBE” Week 2 31/03/14 Embedding Information Literacy (IL),Session1: Route to Resources 2 2 ( On line discussion/forum) 4 Tutorial Project 1 Week 3 07/04/14 Sanjeh Lecture 1:Concrete and its application in the built environment 2 2 4 Tutorial Project 1 Week 4 14/04/14 Ann Lecture 2: Stone - Igneous, Metaphormic and Sedimentary 2 2 4 Tutorials Project 1 Review of Project1(07/04) Week 5 21/04/14 Embedding Information Literacy (IL),Session2: Evaluation Resources & Mendeley (Citation and Referencing) 2 2 2 h self-study +2h (BL) Digital Upload of document and peer review on draft – online discussion ) Tutorials Project 2 Briefing Project 2 Week 6 28/04/14 Sue May Lecture 3: Glass 2 2 ( On line discussion/forum) 4 Final Review of Project1(21/04) Submission Project 1 (02/05) at C09 Lobby Week 7 05/05/14 Sue May Lecture 4: Metal 2 2 2 h self-study +2h (BL) Online discussion following field trip) Tutorials Project 2 (Visit to Material Room) Week 8 12/05/14 Ann Lecture 5 : Timber 2 2 ( On line discussion/forum) 4 Tutorials Project 2 (Visit to Material Room) Review, Project 2 MID SEM BREAK (19/5-23/5) Week 9 26/05/14 Sue May Lecture 6: Bricks Manufacturing, properties, application and environmental impact 2 2 ( On line discussion/forum) 4 Tutorials Project 2 Final Review of Project 2 Week 10 02/06/14 Ann Lecture 7: Ceramics and Paint 2 2 ( On line discussion/forum) 4 Submission of Project 2 [06/06/14] Week 11 09/06/14 Sue May Lecture 8: Plastics - Application as visible and non-visible materials 2 2 4 Week 12 16/06/14 2 2 4 Week 13 23/06/14 2 2 4 Portfolio Submission Week 14 30/06/14 2 2 4 Note: The Module Schedule above is subject to change at short notice.
  9. 9. Building Materials (ARC 1513): April 2013 9 | P a g e Recommended Readings Main References: 1. Lyons, Arthurs. 2004. Materials For Architects And Builders. 2nd Edition, Butterworth Heinemann. 2. Everett, Alan. 1994. Materials. 5th Edition, Longman Scientific & Technical. 3. Neveille, A. M. 1995. Properties Of Concrete. Addition Wesley, Longman. 4. Robbin, Tony. 1996. Engineering A New Architecture. Yale University Press Additional References: 1. Mohamed Abdel Kader 2008. Introduction to Civil Engineering Materials. McGraw-Hill 2. Jackson,Neil 1996. Civil Engineering Materials. 5th Edition, Palgrave 3. Illston, J. M. (ed). (2001). Construction materials: their nature & behaviour. (3rd ed.). London: Spon Press.