CONS06032 2019 Principles of Construction

General Details

Full Title
Principles of Construction
Transcript Title
Principles of Construction
N/A %
Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Pat Carter, Sean McGagh, Leigh McLoughlin, Ruairi ODriscoll, Colin Birney, Morgan Smyth
Programme Membership
SG_TADWO_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Advanced Wood and Sustainable Building Technology SG_CCONS_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Economics SG_JQUAN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_SCOPY_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in COPY DO USE SG_SCONS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology dd SG_SAPCT_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Construction Technology 1 SG_SCONS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology 2 SG_SCONS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology SG_SACON_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Construction Technology SG_CCONS_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Economics SG_JQUAN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying SG_SCONS_H08 202200 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology

Learners will gain a clear understanding of the design and construction processes commonly used in the industry.

This Module aims to:

  • Introduce the building regulations that are relevant to planning, design and construction.
  • Introduce the fundamental principles / procedures and commonly used materials used in small scale construction.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Examine and demonstrate a knowledge of construction materials.


Identify the processes and considerations involved in groundworks.


Appreciate the relevance of the Irish building regulations and how they are applied in the construction industry.


Demonstrate an understanding of site investigation and site surveys.


Assess the various designs of domestic substructure configurations. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered through classroom lectures.

Moodle will be used to direct and manage the learning process with the post of lecture notes, discussion forums, Additional resources such as support documentation and links to other on-line resources.

Moodle will also be further used as a means of assessment, utilising online quizzes, for the uploading of assignments and reports.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 40% Continuous Assessment and 60% Final exam

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

  • Introduction to materials commonly used in the construction industry with regard to functionality, standards sizes and differences in costs, quality and performance,
  • Introduction to building control regulations and standards, application of Technical Guidance Documents to the design of a small domestic substructure (IAB, NSAI, BBA, CE).
  • Influence of Homebond on domestic construction.
  • Site Investigation - an overview of site investigation / site surveying, including personnel involved, different types of reports, and how a site investigation effects the design process.
  • Groundworks - An overview of excavation and earthworks, including working space, temporary works, safety considerations, ground stabilisation and the different types of plant and machinery used by groundworks contractors.
  • Strip Foundation; - excavations and earth works, working space, formwork, bar reinforcement, concrete, rising walls; DPC's
  • Domestic Ground Floors - ground floor slab, blinding, insulation, DPMs, radon barriers, screeds, mesh reinforcement. 


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Coursework Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 FInal Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Theory Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Tutorial Not Specified Tutorial including sketching/ drawing 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2012 Homebond House Building Manual
ISBN 0952361485 ISBN-13 9780952361480
Required Reading
2017 Quantity Surveyor's Pocket Book
ISBN 1138698369 ISBN-13 9781138698369

The third edition of the Quantity Surveyor s Pocket Book has been updated in line with NRM1, NRM2, and NRM3, and remains a must-have guide for students and qualified practitioners. Its focused coverage of the data, techniques, and skills essential to the quantity surveying role make it an invaluable companion for everything from initial cost advice to the final account stage. Key features and updates included in this new edition: An up to date analysis of NRM1,2 & 3 Measurement and estimating examples in NRM2 format Changes in procurement practice Changes in professional development, guidance notes and schemes of work Reflects the increased use of NEC3 form of contract The impact of BIM This text includes recommended formats for cost plans, developer s budgets, financial reports, financial statements and final accounts. This is the ideal concise reference for quantity surveyors, project and commercial managers, and students of any of the above. "

Required Reading
2016-04-14 Building Construction Handbook Routledge
ISBN 9781317442165 ISBN-13 1317442164

Ideal for students on all construction courses Topics presented concisely in plain language and with clear drawings Updated to include revisions to Building and Construction regulations The Building Construction Handbook is THE authoritative reference for all construction students and professionals. Its detailed drawings clearly illustrate the construction of building elements, and have been an invaluable guide for builders since 1988. The principles and processes of construction are explained with the concepts of design included where appropriate. Extensive coverage of building construction practice, techniques, and regulations representing both traditional procedures and modern developments are included to provide the most comprehensive and easy to understand guide to building construction. This new edition has been updated to reflect recent changes to the building regulations, as well as new material on the latest technologies used in domestic construction. Building Construction Handbook is the essential, easy-to-use resource for undergraduate and vocational students on a wide range of courses including NVQ and BTEC National, through to Higher National Certificate and Diploma, to Foundation and three-year Degree level. It is also a useful practical reference for building designers, contractors and others engaged in the construction industry.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources


URL Resources

Other Resources

Library databases including British Standards.


Drawing lab

Additional Information