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Construction Technology 1 R1.3

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Vocational Training Development Institute
School of Applied Technology
Building Construction
Diploma in Draughting and Building Technology
and
B. Ed in Applied Technology
COURSE OUTLINE
Construction Technology 1 – DB112
75 hours, 3 credits
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course will introduce the learners to the Construction Industry with emphasis on residential
construction processes and practices. It includes an exploration of the construction design, planning and
design process, the building team, project implementation and the regulatory framework. From this
course learners will have an appreciation and an understanding of the construction industry and how it
operates.
COURSE OBJECTIVES
At the end of this course the learner should:

Explain the nature of the construction industry with respect to employment, infrastructure, community
development, and the national economy.

Describe light (domestic) construction system, processes, methods, equipment, components and
materials.

Analyze activities and operations on a construction site through controlled field trips that would enable
the student to relate theory to actual practice.

Evaluate construction processes and methodologies by constructing representative samples and
methods of various building components.
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EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
Listen carefully to instructions

Plan and organizing your work

Identify and working through obstacles

Develop new skills

Use time wisely

Work well alone or teams

Help others to reach their goals

Be dependable
EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS
At the end of this course, students should be able to: Work well with peers
 Exhibit reliability and dependability
 Organize work and manage time efficiently
 Ask questions appropriately
 Work well without supervision
 Submit assignment on time
 Ensure that all cellular phones are muted or turned off during classroom presentations
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COURSE SCHEDULE
WEEK
LESSONS
COMPETENCIES
ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE
1
Module 1:

Introduction to the
Construction Industry
Lesson 1 – The Building
Team
Identify the various professionals
and tradesmen on a building team

Describe the function of the various
professionals and trade persons in
the construction industry.

State how the following skills maybe
applied:
masonry
tiling
painting
plastering etc.
2
3
Lesson 2 – Benefits and
Educational requirements
for the Construction
Industry and Bar chart
Module 2 : Site
Preparation and Setting
out of Building
Lesson 3 – Site
Prepartion1
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
Describe the overall construction
projection
process
from
conceptualization to implementation.

Explain
the
benefit
of
the
construction industry to the local and
national economy.

Recognize the education and
training needs for person within the
construction industry.

Visit and observe
activities in process.

Develop schedule for small projects
using bar chart.

List the factors affecting choice of
site (accessibility, cost, topography
etc.)

Explain reasons for stripping the site

Discuss clearance of site for
construction purposes

Explain the purpose of demolition
works in construction

State various soil conditions
construction
Module 1 Test
3
WEEK
4
LESSONS
Lesson 4 – Site
COMPETENCIES

Discuss ways of reducing instability
in top soil

Explain the purpose of hoarding
(Public protection, material
protection, security) etc.
Preparation 2
ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE
Module 1 Project
Due
Construction Site Visit

List various temporary shelters

State the reasons for temporary
shelters (site offices, sanitary
facilities storage, equipment and
material storage etc.)

Discuss the reasons for services
(water, electricity, gas and
telephone.
5
Lesson 5 – Layout of
Building

Demonstrate Layout of simple
building structure (square and
corners, establishing levels, installing
profile boards etc.)
6
Module 3:
Building Foundation and
Footings
Lesson 6 Introduction to Foundations

Define what is a foundation

State the purpose of foundations

Illustrate foundation details (width,
Module 2 Test
Site Preparation and
Setting of Building
sectional details etc.)
7
Lesson 7 – Types of
Foundation, Excavation
and Timbering

Discuss the types of Foundation:
strips (wide, deep), simple pad, raft,
stepped, short bored piles

State the methods of Excavation
(manual and mechanical)

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Construct a model foundation footing
4
WEEK
LESSONS
COMPETENCIES
ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE
and formwork

Explain timbering (poling board,
walling, ties etc.)
8
Lesson 8 - Concrete

Demonstrate batching of concrete
(Weight and volume)

Discuss concrete mixing (manually
and mechanically)

Discuss the factors affecting
concrete (mixing, transporting,
placing and height of pour)

Demonstrate methods of placing and
compacting concrete to form
foundations.
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Lesson 9 – Testing and
Curing

Explain simple concrete tests (slump
test, compressive test (cubes and
cylinder)

Perform a simple test on wet
Module 3 Test
Foundation
concrete
10
Module 4:
Wall Construction
Lesson 10 – Wall 1

Evaluate methods of curing

Define a wall

State the functions of a wall

State the general Wall types (load
bearing, non-load bearing)
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Discuss exterior and partition walls

State typical blocks size (standard
5
WEEK
LESSONS
COMPETENCIES
ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE
sizes)

Explain various forms of wall
construction (stone, parapet, coping
etc.)
11
Lesson 11 – Wall 2

Erect models of various types of
walls

State the various types of wall bonds
(Stretcher, Header, Flemish, English)

Module 4 Test
Wall Construction
Illustrate the various types of
bonding techniques

Compare wall openings (lintels,
arches, door openings, window
opening etc.)

Apply rending to block wall

Discuss safety requirement for wall
construction

Discuss the components of Timber
Wall Frames (head, sill, studs,
braces, sheathing, skirting, etc.)
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Module 5
Floor Construction
Lesson 12 - Floor

Illustrate the construction techniques
of metal, plastic, stone and timber
frames

Define a floor

State the functions of a floor

Discuss
the
requirements
stability,
thermal
functional
(strength
sound
and
insulation,
insulation,
fire
resistance)

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Discuss concrete and timber floor
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WEEK
LESSONS
COMPETENCIES
ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE
types
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Lesson 13 – Timber

Flooring
Illustrate the various types of
floors components (wall plates,
joists, trimmers, floor boards,
slabs, reinforcement)

Discuss
the
Module 5 Project
Due
Floor
maintenance,
appearance and damp-proofing
of floor construction


Construct a model of a timber
floor showing the structural
connection joints.
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STUDY BREAK
15
EXAMINATION
ASSESSMENT STRATEGY
Module
Assessment
Max. Score
Module 1:
Module 1 Test – The Building Team & Benefit of the
Construction industry
Module 1 Project – Construction Site Visit
40%
Module 2 Test – Site preparation and Setting out of
100%
Module 2:
60%
Building
Module 3:
Module 3 Test – Foundation
100%
Module 4:
Module 4 Test – Wall Construction
100%
Module 5:
Module 5 Project – Floor
100%
REFERENCE MATERIAL
Chudley, R. & Greeno, R. (2005). Construction Technology fourth edition, England: Pearson Education
Limited.
Emmitt, S. & Gorge, C. (2010). Barry’s Introduction to Construction of Buildings second edition. England:
John Wiley & Son.
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Glavinich, T.E. (2008). Green Building Construction. England: John Wiley & Sons
Greeno, R & Chudley, R. (2004). Building Construction Handbook, England: John Wiley & Sons
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