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Building Construction & Materials 1

  • Course Code :
    ARC 241
  • Level :
  • Course Hours :
    3.00 Hours
  • Department :
    Department of Architectural Engineering

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Area of Study :

The aims of this course are to: • Build the students awareness regarding: o The main conventional construction systems (load bearing walls and R.C. skeleton system) o The main threats the building may experience and how to protect it. o The main structural rule of thumbs used to size the structural components. o Some Arabic site jargon terms. • Train the student to: o Draw some architectural details. o Propose solutions for some basic constructional problems.

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Building Construction & Materials 1

General introduction, Drawing techniques, Abbreviation symbols, Dimensioning, Technical presentation, Understanding types of structures, Wall bearing & skeleton types. Traditional Construction Method; Load bearing walls. Using brick to build load bearing elements: foundation design, walls, jack arch floors, vaults and domes. Introduction to RC skeleton system.

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Course outcomes:

a. Knowledge and Understanding:

1- a1. List different types of shallow foundations.
2- a2. Explain the loads transferring method and effect in flat and curved surfaces.
3- a3. List some types of: water proofing and heat insulation materials.
4- a4. List different brick types according to their function and manufacturing components.
5- a5. List some of different brick bonding methods.
6- a6. Choose the proper site jargon that suits the scientific term.

b. Intellectual Skills:

1- b1. Differentiate between structural and non-structural building components.
2- b2. Select proper structural system accordingly with building needs, offering and limitations.
3- Propose building problems causes.

c. Professional and Practical Skills:

1- c1. Construct different building structural elements in the load bearing and/or skeleton system: foundations, walls, jack arch floors, vaults, and domes.
2- c3. Use freehand sketches and engineering drafting to draw building construction details.
3- c2. Protect different building elements against some of the surrounding threats such as: storm water, ground water, and the thermal effect of the sun rays.
4- c4. Build physical abstracted models to illustrate some constructional problems solutions.

d. General and Transferable Skills:

1- d1. Do simple Search for information.
2- d2. Manage time to meet deadlines.
3- d3. Refer to relevant literatures.

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Course topics and contents:

Topic No. of hours Lecture Tutorial/Practical
Introduction 4 2 2
Terms & Structure Systems; traditional & conventional 4 2 2
English & Flemish Bonds 4 2 2
Foundations and Ground Floor. 8 4 4
Basement Floor and English court 8 4 4
Intermediate Floor: (Jack Arch) 4 2 2
Final Roof : (R.C. Slap) 4 2 2
Final Roof: Domes on Pendentives & on Squenches 8 4 4
Final Roof: Vaults 4 2 2
Skeleton System 12 6 6

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Teaching And Learning Methodologies:

Teaching and learning methods
Physical Maquette
Class Work

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Course Assessment :

Methods of assessment Relative weight % Week No. Assess What
Assignments/Studio work 40.00
final exam 40.00
In Class Quizzes 10.00
Participation 10.00

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Students Lecture Notes

Recommended books :

a) Ching, Francis D. K.; Building Construction Illustration, 4th Ed. b) Mckay's, W. B. et ell; Building Construction, v. I c) Ramsey, Sleeper; Architectural graphic standards. d) Mitchell, George A.; Building Construction. v. I

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