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AR50147: Materials construction and skills

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To understand the physical and chemical properties of traditional building materials and the causes of their erosion and decay.

Learning Outcomes:
To have knowledge of the skills used in the application of traditional building materials and to be able to specify their use on conservation projects.

* To inspect, analyse and make reports that are intelligible to specialist and non-specialist readers.
Professional, practical:
* To make critical evaluations, cohesive arguments and judgements, and communicate clearly to specialists and non-specialists.
* To operate within the appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising obligations to society, the professions and the environment.
* To carry out or commission research, analysis and recording of the historic environment
* To be able to work autonomously and with other professionals to develop strategies appropriate to historic buildings, and to recognise when advice should be sought.
These skills are taught, facilitated and assessed.

The following materials are considered in terms of their physical and chemical properties and how they decay, their availability and sourcing, the skills required for their application and the impact they have on the environment.
* Wall materials - stone, brick, lime products.
* Roof coverings - slate, stone, thatch, terracotta.
* Timber - timber frame buildings, roof trusses, joists, joinery, damp and beetle attack, dry rot, wildlife conservation.
* Metals - lead, cast and wrought iron
* Finishes - ornamental plaster, limewash and rendering, paints and colour.
* Hands-on days - visits may include experience of visiting a stone mine, woodworking with traditional tools, lime and render, stone walling, ornamental plasterwork, cast and wrought ironwork.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50147 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.