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1. General information
Course:
PRINCIPLES OF BUILDING MATERIALS
Code:
59305
Type:
BASIC
ECTS credits:
6
Degree:
315 - UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN BUILDING ENGINEERING
Academic year:
2021-22
Center:
308 - SCHOOL POLYTECHNIC OF CUENCA
Group(s):
30 
Year:
1
Duration:
First quarter
Main language:
Spanish
Second language:
Use of additional languages:
English Friendly:
Y
Web site:
Bilingual:
N
Lecturer: DAVID SANZ MARTINEZ - Group(s): 30 
Building/Office
Department
Phone number
Email
Office hours
Escuela Politécnica de Cuenca 1.12 // Facultad de Educación de Cuenca 0.06 //
INGENIERÍA GEOLÓGICA Y MINERA
2642
david.sanz@uclm.es

2. Pre-Requisites

Prerequisites not required. However, given the time that is available for a development of the subject at a level that implies use of it by the future Building Engineer, cannot be based on a total ignorance of Chemistry and Geology, also taking into account, that the basic knowledge of both subjects is taught during several years of pre-university education. In this sense, participation in the initiation course (Zero-Course_earlier sept) is recommended; the knowledge will be checked with an initial level test.

3. Justification in the curriculum, relation to other subjects and to the profession

The incorporation of Chemistry and Geology, as essential materials in the training of technicians in construction and building has been a logical process, growing and irreversible. Like other subjects that did not figure in the old educational plans of the technical schools, these subjects have been incorporated into the nucleus of the engineers' training. They come to fill a void that the business community demanded due to the increasing technification of their teams, in which there are usually no technicians trained to understand professional advisors of geology and / or chemistry.

It is, for them, evident that both the construction materials and the very deep excavations of the current and future buildings represent a worrying facet in the construction. The profession has accepted this demand in the new restructuring of the studies.


4. Degree competences achieved in this course
Course competences
Code Description
E04 Knowledge of the chemical characteristics of the materials used in constructions, their manufacturing processes, the methodology of the tests to determine their characteristics, their geological origin, environmental impact, recycling and waste management.
G01 Ability for analysis and synthesis
G02 Organization and planning ability
G04 Problem resolution
G06 Critical thinking
G08 Teamwork in an interdisciplinar environment 
G12 Autonomous learning
G21 Command of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
G22 Correct oral and written communication
5. Objectives or Learning Outcomes
Course learning outcomes
Description
To relate the chemical concepts with the minerals, rocks and materials of artificial origin of more frequent use, as well as to know the ores of the metals and other industrial materials
Acquire the foundations of anti-seismic regulations, key in the construction; and be able to read a geological map, its report and interpret a general geological cut.
To become familiar with the work in the laboratory leading to the identification and analysis of the materials or their components. To do this, the methodology of the tests for determining the characteristics of construction materials must known.
As a working tool, the specialized contents of the computer network will be used.
To systematize the processes, minerals and rocks corresponding to its genesis, and not by an arbitrary commercial gazetteer.
Application of chemical and geological knowledge in the environmental impact as well as in the recycling of construction materials, supporting the management and treatment of waste from construction activities.
You will know the reactivity of construction materials against different external agents and their relationship with potential pathological processes.
Know the relationship between the origin and application of the materials, and the scientific and technical nomenclature for their action in a multidisciplinary team; and, secondarily, to obtain initial training for a later specialization.
Additional outcomes
Not established.
6. Units / Contents
  • Unit 1: Overview of construction materials.
    • Unit 1.1: Introduction. Overview of existing resources.
  • Unit 2: Fundamentals of chemistry.
    • Unit 2.1: Basic concepts of chemistry: Atomic structure and chemical bonding. Elements and substances..
    • Unit 2.2: States of matter aggregation. Solutions, colloids and suspensions.
    • Unit 2.2: Water. Physical and chemical properties.
    • Unit 2.3: Chemical reactions - stoichiometry - properties: acid-base, oxidation-reduction and precipitation reactions.
    • Unit 2.4: Practice 1.- Laboratory practices and tests. Learning and use of material, acid-base, gravimetric and redox evaluations.
  • Unit 3: Fundamentals of geology
    • Unit 3.1: The mineral as structure and composition: crystalline matter, chemical classification and physical properties of minerals.
    • Unit 3.2: Practice 2.- Identifying minerals of interest for the building-construction.
    • Unit 3.3: Genetic classification of rocks and the petrological cycle: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks: their applications and properties.
    • Unit 3.4: Practice 3.- Identifying types of rocks of interest for the building-construction.
    • Unit 3.5: Geological mapping
    • Unit 3.6: Practice 4.- Understanding & Interpreting a Geologic Map
    • Unit 3.7: Geological risks in construction. Exogenous and endogenous risks. Fundamentals of seismology.
  • Unit 4: Processing of construction materials. Basic properties and environment.
    • Unit 4.1: Natural stones. Physical, chemical and mechanical properties.
    • Unit 4.2: Practice 5.- Determination of physical and mechanical properties of stone materials.
    • Unit 4.3: Materials and environment. Waste management and environmental implications.
7. Activities, Units/Modules and Methodology
Training Activity Methodology Related Competences ECTS Hours As Com Description
Class Attendance (theory) [ON-SITE] Lectures E04 G01 G06 G08 G21 1.4 35 N N Presentation in the classroom of the concepts and general principles of the geological and chemical sciences, using the participatory master lesson method.
Problem solving and/or case studies [ON-SITE] Problem solving and exercises E04 G01 G02 G04 0.2 5 N N Exercises solving in a participatory way in the classroom.
Laboratory practice or sessions [ON-SITE] Practical or hands-on activities E04 G02 G06 G21 0.5 12.5 Y Y Realization of laboratory practices. Realization, delivery and exhibition of laboratory report.
Other off-site activity [OFF-SITE] Problem solving and exercises E04 G01 G02 G04 1 25 N N Self-solving exercises.
Group tutoring sessions [ON-SITE] Group Work E04 G01 G02 G04 G06 G08 G12 G21 G22 0.06 1.5 N N Group or individual tutorials.
Study and Exam Preparation [OFF-SITE] Self-study E04 G01 G02 G04 G06 G08 G12 G21 G22 2.6 65 N N Self-study
Progress test [ON-SITE] Assessment tests E04 G01 G02 G04 G06 G08 G12 G21 G22 0.16 4 Y N Realization of assessment tests and problems of the basic conceptual aspects of each of the main topics. To be able to make mediation with the evaluation of other activities, it is necessary to have a minimum score of 4 out of 10. The fraudulent realization of the tests will suppose a grade of 0 points (art. 9 REE).
Final test [ON-SITE] Assessment tests E04 G01 G02 G04 G06 G08 G12 G21 G22 0.08 2 Y Y
Total: 6 150
Total credits of in-class work: 2.4 Total class time hours: 60
Total credits of out of class work: 3.6 Total hours of out of class work: 90

As: Assessable training activity
Com: Training activity of compulsory overcoming (It will be essential to overcome both continuous and non-continuous assessment).

8. Evaluation criteria and Grading System
Evaluation System Continuous assessment Non-continuous evaluation * Description
Practicum and practical activities reports assessment 50.00% 50.00% Delivery and defense of a practice report according to established guidelines.
Work will not be picked up if it does not meet these characteristics. For this, attendance at two tutorials (on the dates specified) of the group on the work will be mandatory. Quality of work and presentation will be valued. To be able to make media with the evaluation of other activities (assessment tests) it is necessary to have a minimum score of 4.5 out of 10.
Test 50.00% 50.00% Assesment tests of the basic conceptual aspects of each of the main topics (topic 2, 3 and 4). To be able to make mediation with the evaluation of other activities (memory defense practices) it is necessary to have a minimum score of 4.5 out of 10 in each of the tests.
Total: 100.00% 100.00%  
According to art. 6 of the UCLM Student Evaluation Regulations, it must be provided to students who cannot regularly attend face-to-face training activities the passing of the subject, having the right (art. 13.2) to be globally graded, in 2 annual calls per subject , an ordinary and an extraordinary one (evaluating 100% of the competences).

Evaluation criteria for the final exam:
  • Continuous assessment:
    It is necessary to obtain a grade greater than or equal to 4 points in each of the written tests and practice report to be able to average with the rest of the evaluation activities. The average of all the evaluation activities must be equal to or greater than 5 points to pass the subject.
  • Non-continuous evaluation:
    Practices¿Report will be delivered and a final theoretical-practical test will be carried out of all the contents, competences, learning results and objectives of the subject. To pass the subject it is necessary to have a minimum grade of 4 to make an average. The average of all the evaluation activities must be equal to or greater than 5 points to pass the subject.

Specifications for the resit/retake exam:
A final test will be established for those students who have not met all or any of the evaluation criteria of the final exam, being able to recover the evaluation activities established as mandatory during the course.
Specifications for the second resit / retake exam:
The final exam will be a global test of the whole subject.
9. Assignments, course calendar and important dates
Not related to the syllabus/contents
Hours hours

Unit 1 (de 4): Overview of construction materials.
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 2
Progress test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] .25
Final test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] .25
Teaching period: 1st week

Unit 2 (de 4): Fundamentals of chemistry.
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 13
Problem solving and/or case studies [PRESENCIAL][Problem solving and exercises] 2
Laboratory practice or sessions [PRESENCIAL][Practical or hands-on activities] 3
Other off-site activity [AUTÓNOMA][Problem solving and exercises] 10
Group tutoring sessions [PRESENCIAL][Group Work] .5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 22
Progress test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] 1.25
Final test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] .75
Teaching period: Weeks 1 to 5

Unit 3 (de 4): Fundamentals of geology
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 12
Laboratory practice or sessions [PRESENCIAL][Practical or hands-on activities] 6.5
Group tutoring sessions [PRESENCIAL][Group Work] .5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 22
Progress test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] 1.25
Final test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] .75
Teaching period: Weeks 6 to 11

Unit 4 (de 4): Processing of construction materials. Basic properties and environment.
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 8
Problem solving and/or case studies [PRESENCIAL][Problem solving and exercises] 3
Laboratory practice or sessions [PRESENCIAL][Practical or hands-on activities] 3
Other off-site activity [AUTÓNOMA][Problem solving and exercises] 15
Group tutoring sessions [PRESENCIAL][Group Work] .5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 21
Progress test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] 1.25
Final test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] .25
Teaching period: Weeks 11 to 15

Global activity
Activities hours
10. Bibliography and Sources
Author(s) Title Book/Journal Citv Publishing house ISBN Year Description Link Catálogo biblioteca
Pizarras de España. Instituto Tecnológico GeoMinero, 84-7840-099-0 1992 Complementaria Ficha de la biblioteca
Mármoles de España. ITGE, 84-7840-063-X 1991 Complementaria Ficha de la biblioteca
 
Arredondo y Verdu F Piedras, Cerámica y Vidrio. Revista de obras Públicas 84-7493-138-X 1990 Complementaria Ficha de la biblioteca
Arredondo y Verdú, Francisco Generalidades sobre materiales de construcción Sevicio de Publicaciones, E.T.S. Ingenieros de Cam 84-7493-135-5 1990 Básica Ficha de la biblioteca
Bell, F. G. Engineering geology Amsterdam Elsevier, cop. 978-0-7506-8077-6 2007 Basic-English friendly  
Bustillo Revuelta, Manuel Materiales de construcción Fueyo Editores 84-923128-8-2 2005 Basica Ficha de la biblioteca
Chang, Raymond Química / Raymond Chang, Williams College ; traducción, Marí McGraw-Hill 970-10-3894-0 2005 Básica Ficha de la biblioteca
Edward Allen and Joseph Iano Fundamentals of building construction : materials and methods Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, cop. 978-0-470-07468-8 2009 Basic-English friendly  
Instituto Tecnológico Geominero de España Granitos de España / Ministerio de Industria y Energía, ITGE, 84-7840-054-0 199 Complementaria Ficha de la biblioteca
Laffarga Osteret J, Olivares Santiago M. Tecnología de la Arquitectura y de la Construcción: Materiales de Construcción. Sevilla Editan 84-87005-03-9 1995 Básica Ficha de la biblioteca
Malone, Leo J. Basic concepts of chemistry New York John Wiley[and] sons, cop. 0-471-8511-19-1 1989 Basic-English friendly  
Petrucci, Ralph H. Química general/ Ralph H. Petrucci, William S. Harwood, F. G Prentice Education 84-205-3533-8 2003 Complementaria Ficha de la biblioteca
Pozo Rodríguez, Manuel Geología práctica: introducción al reconocimiento de materia Pearson Educación 84-205-3908-2 2005 Básica Ficha de la biblioteca
Tarbuck EJ, Lutgens FK Ciencias de la Tierra Prentice Hall 84-205-4400-0 2000 Básica Ficha de la biblioteca



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