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Building Construction & Materials 2

  • Course Code :
    ARC 242
  • 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 Stairs design rules and construction methods o Some Arabic site jargon terms.  Train the student to: o Draw some architectural details. o Propose solutions for some basic constructional needs such as connecting or retaining different levels, bridging wall openings, and adding doors and windows.

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Building Construction & Materials 2

Conventional Construction Method; Skeleton system. Using Reinforced Concrete to construct structural elements. Staircases rules and design. Retaining walls; concrete and masonry. Arches & Lintels, Doors and Windows.

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Course outcomes:

a. Knowledge and Understanding:

1- a1. Define active and passive loads that act on retaining walls.
2- a2. Define the structural theory that is applied in different retaining walls design.
3- a3. List different types of wooden doors according to the manufacturing method.
4- a4. Define the different structural concepts that are used to construct the RC stairs.
5- a5. List different site jargon terms that are related to arch construction.

b. Intellectual Skills:

1- b1. Select proper lintel type according to opening span, offering and limitations.
2- b2. Apply structural rule of thumb to design (schematically) retaining walls.
3- b3. Select proper retaining wall type according to retained height.

c. Professional and Practical Skills:

1- c1. Apply retaining walls _safely_ to retain levels differences.
2- c2. Apply arches and different lintels _according to their constructional material_ to bridge wall openings.
3- c3. Draw detailed engineering drawings to execute building elements such as arches, lintels, wooden doors, stairs, and retaining walls.

d. General and Transferable Skills:

1- d1. Manage time to meet deadlines.
2- d2. Refer to relevant literatures.

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Course topics and contents:

Topic No. of hours Lecture Tutorial/Practical
Introduction: main conventional construction systems 4 2 2
Retaining Walls: Massive & Cantilever RC walls 8 4 4
Lintels & Arches 8 4 4
Stairs: U-Shaped staircase design 8 4 4
Stairs: Circular stairs Design 8 4 4
Stairs: Stones and RC stairs: Construction 12 6 6
Doors and Windows 12 6 6

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Teaching And Learning Methodologies:

Teaching and learning methods
Class discussions.
Drawing exercises in the Design studios.
Research assignments and presentations.
Information collection from different sources.
Site visits and field trips.

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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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Book Author Publisher
Building Construaction Handbook Roy Chudley Elsevier

Course notes :

No Course Notes.

Recommended books :

a) Ching, Francis D. K.; Building Construction Illustration, Wiley, 4th Ed. b) Mckay's, W. B. et al; Building Construction, v. I c) Ramsey, Sleeper; Architectural graphic standards, American Institute of Architects and Dennis J. Hall d) Mitchell, George A.; Building Construction. v. I

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