Concrete is an important construction material. This module develops knowledge about aggregates, cement and concrete; and the standards, specifications and other requirements that apply to them.
It includes aspects such as the methods used to sample and test aggregates and ready mixed concrete in a safe way. In addition, the module will develop knowledge of the principles of concrete mix design; the methods of making and using ready mixed concrete; and knowledge of the techniques used to manage product quality so as to satisfy the needs of producers and their customers.
This module develops detailed knowledge about concrete technology by detailed study of the standards, specifications and other requirements that apply to concrete and its constituents.
It will include the specifications and constituents used to ensure durable concrete in difficult environmental conditions. In addition, the module will develop knowledge of a range of other test methods that can be used to assess fresh and hardened concrete.
Health, safety and environmental aspects will be developed by a study of the management of these aspects during the design and management of construction.
This module develops knowledge about the use of and control of concrete used as a construction material. It also includes a study of the particular requirements of concrete used in particular end-uses, including precast concrete products and pre-stressed concrete units.
In addition, the module will develop knowledge of the principles of assessing and repairing concrete structures; and an introduction to the concepts of sustainable and environmental impact of construction using concrete.
How you will learn
The programme is influenced by the principles of work-based learning. As such a flexible range of teaching and learning methodologies are used relevant to particular groups or practices. For example:
- Face to face taught modules combining tutor input with structured opportunities for discussion, reflection and planning for workplace application
- Learning opportunities identified and taken directly from the learner’s workplace situation
- Action learning sets and other facilitated group activities
- Individual reflection on learning
- Technology enhanced learning using a sophisticated virtual learning environment (VLE).
At undergraduate level, the emphasis is on fostering independent learning, whilst providing a supporting environment in which to study at higher level. One of the key aims of any undergraduate programme is to produce an independent learner capable of properly managing their time and resources to identify issues, decide how to collect and analyse evidence and reach reasoned evidence based conclusions, and to subsequently present this information via various methods of communication (written and oral).