College of Science & Technology School of the Built Environment

Technology 2, Year 2 / Level 5 COURSEWORK 2 ASSESSMENT BRIEF

BSc (Hons) Architectural Design & Technology BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
BSc (Hons) Construction Management

Submission Deadline: by 16:00 hrs (GMT) on Friday the 19 Dec 2014

This assessment contributes 50% of the marks for the above module. ________________________________________________________________________

This coursework must be carried out individually.

Scenario (hypothetical)

The four-storey building indicated on the attached drawings is a proposed new building for the External Relations Division of The University of Salford, to be built on the former site of the Northern Car Park (currently under development).

The attached schematic layouts have been prepared by architects acting for the University. The floor plans show how accommodation is to be broadly distributed, though in addition the following should be noted:

Ground floor plan

One wing is an Office

The central area is a void over the swimming pool

The other wing provides internal car parking spaces as per the layout shown on the plans. Basement

• Designated as plant and storage areas, swimming pool and Car Park. First and second

Designated as office use

The client requires flexibility of layout on these floors, i.e. to be able to partition off individual offices if the need arises, or to be able to have an open plan layout.

• Layouts may change over a period of time. Top floor

Technology 2 – Coursework 2 – 2014/15 University of Salford 1 Designated as ‘executive suite’ and ‘staff amenities’. Also Office provision

Dimensions are on the drawings.

The ground conditions over the entire site are as follows:

0 – 3.0m demolition waste

3.0 – 4.25m course sand

4.25m – 6.0m stiff brown boulder clay

6.0m – 20.0m red sandstone bedrock A water table level was encountered at a level 1.2m below ground. This is known to be the highest level that the water table rises to.

Project/Task brief

You are a member of the design team assigned by a ‘property services’ practice that has been engaged to help procure the building. Working in that team, you have been asked to carry out studies that will explore possible solutions as to how the building can be built. Ultimately you are required to select appropriate construction technologies in respect of the building elements listed below, in each case demonstrating:

a. an understanding of the appropriateness of the chosen technology for the scenario building, and
b. an ability to apply the principles of the chosen technology to the scenario building. The building

elements to be selected are as follows:
o sub-structure (i.e. basement and foundations)
o super-structure (i.e. frame and floors, including upper floors and ground bearing floors) o cladding and roofing

It recommended that ADT students undertake Option 2 while students from other disciplines undertake Option 1 but this is not mandatory.


Explore/investigate optional technologies which might be adopted in respect of each of the building elements.

o sub-structure (i.e. basement and foundations)
o super-structure (i.e. frame and floors, including upper floors and ground bearing floors) o cladding and roofing

Evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of each option in relation to its suitability for the building in question, taking into account the specific requirements that are relevant to the scenario building.

Note; the building must be considered as a whole, and constructional approaches for each element MUST be considered relative to their compatibility with the construction approaches for the other elements.

Technology 2 – Coursework 2 – 2014/15 University of Salford 2 Option 2 (Importance 100%)
Develop what you consider to be the most suitable constructional approach for each of the building elements,

relative to the building in question, and prepare the following drawings:

   1:200 annotated floor plans at each level indicating layout of structural frame/roof structure.

   1:200 annotated elevations.    1:50 annotated vertical cross section indicating structural frame/roof structure, basement structure,

floors, and cladding/roofing positions/zones.

   1:10 section details at the following positions:

o junction of basement wall/basement floor
o junction of basement wall/external ground level/external cladding/ground floor
o junction of typical upper floor with external wall, extending to cover window head to floor

below, and window cill above
o junction of external wall and roof

Note: All details should be drawn in such a way as to show at least 1m ‘run’ of each element of construction (so that the context is readily identifiable) and should be fully annotated. You should aim to produce details that ultimately demonstrate the application and integration of sub-structure, super-structure, and cladding/roofing construction technologies specifically in relation to the scenario building.

Specific Submission requirements:

   Submission is via Turnitin in A4 or A3 format.    Word count limit Option 1 2500 words, Option 2 should be scanned details with

annotations so there is no word count limit

   Individual submissions are required to be submitted as one document.    Drawing presented within your work for Option 2 can be derived from the following:

Sketch-up, hand drawings or CAD tools. Generic details or manufactures details are

acceptable Option 1    It is important that the submitted work is your own as directed above and not merely word

processed/ photocopied from a book, magazine, brochure, etc.    All drawings and sketches need to be properly titled, annotated and appropriately

described and discussed, and, where appropriate, referenced back to their original source.    It is extremely important that any drawings, photographs or illustrations that are not your

own, or are adapted from external sources are properly referenced where appropriate if they are taken/adapted/copied from a book, magazine, web site, or brochure, otherwise you will be considered has having committed plagiarism. Whilst CAD is permissible if you have downloaded drawings from web sites using the CAD programme, you must identify that this is the case otherwise you will again be considered has having committed plagiarism. Guides on referencing and plagiarism can be found on the Student Intranet under Weblinks and Resources.

o Referencing: harvardquickref.pdf 

Technology 2 – Coursework 2 – 2014/15 University of Salford 3 o Plagiarism:

   A properly complied bibliography/reference list should also be provided;    Your full name, pathway, mode of study (i.e. full or part-time) and year of study should be

clearly marked.



All submissions should have a cover sheet identifying the module, the date and the student’s name and roll number. In addition to the in-text citations, all submissions shall have a reference list (and an optional bibliography), listing the sources used in the preparation of the report. [The School has adopted the Harvard system (APA 6th) as standard

Maximum 2500 words report excluding references, bibliography, cover sheet or appendices (if any).

This assignment MUST be submitted electronically through Turnitin®

Further information and support for students using Turnitin can be found here:


This piece of coursework is a vehicle for gaining architectural technology knowledge. It will aid the understanding and development of architectural terminology, concepts and drawing conventions.

Marks will be awarded for the following:

   Depth and breadth of study and extent of research demonstrated

   Depth of analysis

   Degree of focus on coursework scenario and the tasks identified

   Standard of Referencing

   Standard of Presentation Typical Content

1. Exploration/investigation of optional approaches, and an evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of each option relative to its suitability for the building in question, taking into account the specific requirements that are relevant to that building.

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Factors/issues Functional and aesthetic requirements of the building, dimensional suitability, column positions, overall stability, spanning capability, requirements for fire protection, structural expression or not, integration of services, relationship between cladding and structure, elevation considerations etc.

Optional structural configurations and materials, bracing/stiffening methods, connections between members/elements, typical spans, functional and aesthetic implications etc.

Module Intended Learning Outcomes Addressed:

Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

• Selectively identify the functional requirements of typical industrial and commercial multi-story buildings.

• Selectively identify and carefully select alternative types of building construction and their development.

• Critically identify and describe the performance and characteristics of different building materials 
 and construction techniques using annotated sketches with supplementary text.

• Evaluate, select, and apply an appropriate construction technique to suit a given scenario.

Transferable/Key Skills and other attributes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:
• Undertake independent study to achieve intended learning outcomes.

• Communicate ideas and information using predominately graphical methods (i.e. annotated sketches) with accompanying written information.


Coursework marks and feedback will be available within 15 working days of your submission and will be loaded into Blackboard.


Technology 2 – Coursework 2 – 2014/15 University of Salford 5 Students MUST keep a spare copy of all work which they hand in as well as the receipt which is issued to them at the time of submission.

All marks and grades issued to students are provisional until ratified by examination boards.


Submissions made after 16:00hrs on the fourth working day following submission will be deemed inadmissible and recorded as a non-submission.


If the submission document file up-loaded to Blackboard is corrupt and cannot be viewed – This is classed as a NON submission. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure their submission material can be opened by others.

To ensure your submission can be opened please follow this simple step:

Go back to the submission area and the blue button that was labelled Submit will now be a button labelled View – select this button and what you see upon doing so will be the file/format that your Lecturer can see. If you can open and view the document then so can the lecturer.

Where coursework is submitted late, the following penalties shall be applied to the mark:

(a) if the work is no more than four working days late, then five marks shall be deducted for each working day (08:30-16:00 Mon-Thursday or part thereof) , but if the work would otherwise pass then the mark for the work shall be reduced to no lower than the pass mark for the component

(b) if the work is no more than four working days late and marked and the mark is lower than the pass mark, then no penalty shall be applied;

(c) if the work is more than four working days late then it cannot be submitted and shall be recorded as a non-submission (NS).


Technology 2 – Coursework 2 – 2014/15 University of Salford 6 The University takes a serious view of all acts of academic misconduct. Such acts are considered dishonest and as attempts to gain unfair advantage. Acts of academic misconduct can take many forms. They are likely to fall into one or more of the following categories:

a) Plagiarism
Plagiarism involves taking the work of another person or source and using it as if it were one’s own.

b) Self plagiarism
Self plagiarism (or double submission) is resubmitting previously submitted work on one or more occasions (without proper acknowledgement). This may take the form of copying either the whole piece of work or part of it. Normally credit will already have been given for this work.

c) Collusion
Collusion occurs when, unless with official approval (e.g. in the case of group projects), two or more students consciously collaborate in the preparation and production of work which is ultimately submitted by each in an identical, or substantially similar, form and/or is represented by each to be the product of his or her individual efforts. Collusion also occurs where there is unauthorised co-operation between a student and another person in the preparation and production of work which is presented as the student’s own.

d) Falsifying experimental or other investigative results
This could involve a range of things that make it appear that information has been collected by scientific investigation, the compilation of questionnaire results etc whereas in reality it has been made up or altered to provide a more favourable result.

e)  Taking unauthorised material (including electronic devices) into an examination

f)  Contracting another to write a piece of assessed work / Writing a piece of assessed work

for another
This involves any means whereby a person does work on behalf of another. It includes assessments done for someone else in full or in part by a fellow student, a friend or family member. It includes sitting an examination for someone else. It also covers obtaining material from internet ‘cheat sites’ or other sources of work. Penalties for this type of unfair means will normally apply both to a student of the University who does work on behalf of another and a student of the University who has work done for him/her.

g) Copying from, or communicating with, another examination candidate during an examination

h) Bribery
This involves giving money, gifts or any other advantage to an academic member of staff which is intended to give an unfair advantage in an assessment exercise.

VII. Particular care should be taken in respect of the following:

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a) Getting help from others / helping others Students are encouraged to discuss and share ideas and information, however those who knowingly assist others to commit academic misconduct whether or not for payment (e.g. by giving another student the opportunity to copy part or all of a piece of work, by providing copies of assessments or by providing bespoke assignments to another student) will be subject to the same penalties as those who use unfair means. Students must ensure that they protect their own work, submit it themselves and do not allow other students to use their memory stick and/or print off work on their behalf.

b) Use of Readers/Note Takers

Students with special learning requirements who require the services of readers or note takers are advised to use appropriately trained individuals. Further advice can be obtained from the Disability Service Team within Student Life Directorate.

c) Referencing

Students using work which has been produced by other people within an assignment will need to ensure that they acknowledge or reference the source of the work. Students should check with their Schools for particular requirements. Marks may be deducted for poor referencing. If poor referencing is extensive throughout a piece of work it could appear that the student is trying to claim credit for the work and he/she may be deemed to have committed plagiarism. Guidance on good referencing practice is available from Schools or may be provided through research training programmes, the Study Skills Programme located in Student Life and on-line guidance provided by Information & Learning Services. Some useful resources are:


If satisfied that unfair means has occurred, a penalty will be imposed on the student. Penalties vary depending on whether the matter is referred to the School Academic Misconduct Panel or the University Disciplinary Committee and on the particular circumstances. A range of penalties may be imposed including:

–  A penalty of 0% for the assessment component attempted using unfair means;

–  A penalty of 0% for the module affected by unfair means; –  A penalty of 0% for the module affected by unfair means and the marks of all other modules at that academic level being capped at the pass mark (40% for undergraduates, 50% for post graduates).

In the most severe cases, where there are aggravating factors (e.g. that this is a repeated case of the use of unfair means by a student at an advanced stage in their studies), a student found guilty of using unfair means may be permanently expelled from the University.

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Further details of the Academic Misconduct procedure are available from:

Technology 2 – Coursework 2 – 2014/15 University of Salford 9 Coursework 1: Selection & Conceptual Design of a Single Storey Building Structure Coursework Marking Sheet

This assignment accounts for 50% of the available marks for the module

Student: Module tutors: Sara Biscaya, Paul Coates, Simon Mclean

See assignment coursework brief for full description of coursework assessment criteria.                                              

Depth and breadth of study/extent of research demonstrated 30%            

Depth of analysis 30%            

Degree of focus on scenario and the task identified 30%            

Standard of referencing 5%            

Standard of presentation 5%                 


Percentage awarded for task  

Marks awarded for task   

Option Undertaken


Overall Coursework Mark:  


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Extremely poor 0% – 9%

Very poor 10% – 19%

Poor 20% – 29%

Unsatisfactory 30% – 39%

Adequate 40% – 49% Fair 50% – 59%
Good 60% – 69%
Very good 70% – 79% Excellent 80% – 89% Outstanding 90% – 100%

Appendix A

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