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DE4201 – Material (Civil)

Module code
Module title
Material (Civil)
To introduce the fundamentals of geological and geomorphological processes and the properties and application of a range of civil engineering materials
  • EN1603
  • SC1101
NZQA Level
Level 4
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Identify and describe the composition of minerals and rocks, and discuss soil and rock formation processes
2.Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical and structural geology and interpret geological maps
3.Describe the causes and effects of earthquakes
4.Describe and evaluate the properties and applications of concrete, metals, timber and new materials in Civil Engineering
Common rock forming minerals, Formation and properties of rocks
Mechanical and chemical weathering, erosion, deposition, land slides
Structural geology, geological maps
Earthquake terminology, magnitude, plate tectonics, effects of earthquakes, case studies
Concrete: cement, aggregates, concrete manufacture, properties, testing, admixtures, hot and cold weather concreting, mix designs and masonry.
Metals: engineering properties of steel (tensile strength, modulus, hardness, ductility), reinforcing steel. Applications of other metals (aluminium, alloys). Corrosion - causes, effects, protection against. Jointing methods, welding, bolting.
Timber: strength, durability, conversion, moisture state, seasoning, defects, grading, classification, preservation, wood based products, jointing.
Geosynthetics, plastics.
Assessment Criteria
Assignments / Tests (2)15 and 25
Examination (2)20 and 30

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