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BLAR11033 - Building Materials 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course develops students knowledge of building materials properties and their testing (both destructive and non-destructive) for timber, concrete, and metals in relation to: Timber - grading, strength tests, durability and protection of timber products; Concrete - tests on aggregates, fresh and hardened concrete properties, durability studies and test methods, concrete protection, Metal - ferrous and non-ferrous metal and its alloys, corrosion of metals and protection, strength properties tests. This course also develops an understanding of: Protection from corrosion and destruction; Identifying the suitable grade material for the site conditions; Relevant Australian and international Standards. It also provides an introduction to: the development and application of materials from industry by-products and re-cycling of materials and life cycle analysis of materials.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2014

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Distance
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%
4. Written Assessment 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.16% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
The resources for assessment 3 were not so helpful.
Recommendation
These will be reviewed and aligned with the new 2021 assessment questions.
Action Taken
Additional resources were offered to students through the Moodle page of the unit and the lecturer provided students with a zoom session dedicated to further clarifying assessment three requirements and notes to consider when completing it.
Source: Student and Lecturer
Feedback
Moodle needs some improving and MS Teams although an improvement still needs a lot of development.
Recommendation
This unit was one of the first to adopt MS Teams for improved communication and engagement and the implementation will continue to improve and develop. Most students found MS Teams to be preferable to Moodle. Moodle will be maintained alongside MS Teams as a backup. Moodle will undergo the refresh project before the unit is next offered.
Action Taken
The Moodle page of the unit was upgraded and enhanced to ensure students are able to navigate and interact easily.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Amount of referencing to British Standards and learning from texts that reference the English building industry.
Recommendation
This is a developing improvement with the texts as Australian ones become available. The British Standards are being replaced for the next term.
Action Taken
Attempts were made to refer students to relevant Australian Standards and resources.
Source: Unit Evaluation Survey
Feedback
Students referred to well-organised and relevant learning materials which have all been posted in advance and a Moodle page that is easy to navigate as a positive aspect of the unit which enabled student self-paced learning.
Recommendation
We continue to include relevant learning resources and regularly update them on the Moodle page of the unit and ensure they are easily accessible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation Survey
Feedback
Students' comments pointed to the assessment tasks being clear and easy to understand. They were satisfied with the assessment return time frame which helped them understand the areas where they needed to improve before the next assessment item was due. A number of students also highlighted the need to receive more personal feedback on their submissions e.g. detailed comments on the assessment marking sheets.
Recommendation
We continue to include assessment tasks with real-life project-based aspects while ensuring that students receive proper written feedback in addition to the marks for the items of assessment rubrics.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. explain timber as a building material including its grading, properties, testing and usage in construction
  2. explain properties of and selection of concrete, testing of concrete ingredients, fresh and hardened concrete and durability of concrete as building material
  3. explain metal manufacturing process, properties, selection and application of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in construction
  4. refer to the Australian and international standards relevant to building materials
  5. define life cycle analysis of materials and explain resource efficiency of building materials
  6. carry out research for the required information from publications, web and other resources
  7. communicate effectively in writing.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment