Module: Building technology

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    David Hardwick
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

The aim of this module is to take students who enter the University with little or no technical knowledge of building construction to a level where they understand the fundamental technologies involved in traditional and new approaches to construction. The module includes site appraisal, construction systems, common building materials, building services, identification of building defects and disrepair, building regulations and the principles and processes that deliver accessible and inclusive environments.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic building sciences relating to structural stability, durability and environmental performance of common building materials and construction systems.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of conventional construction technologies and their appropriate applications.
  3. Be able to recognise common building defects and recommend suitable approaches to remediating these defects.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the main environmental service systems required in the construction and domestic and commercial properties.
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of the Building Regulations and their application.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Building Technology Project (1,500 words) 50%
Examination 1.5hr unseen examination 50%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Chudley, R.; Greeno, R. (2010). Building construction handbook. 8th ed. Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Hall, F E. ; Greeno, R. (2011). Building services handbook. 6th ed. Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Polley, S. (2011). Understanding the Building Regulations 5th ed Taylor & Francis
  • Ross, K. (2005). Modern methods of house construction : a surveyor's guide. BRE Bookshop