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BCPM0067 Describe the construction process of the diaphragm walls
One written coursework paper (100%)
The course work consists of two parts: reflection on learning of the module and research on sustainability in the built environment.
In Part I, you must answer three out of the five questions. Each question counts for 10 marks. The recommended word count for Part I is 500 – 1,000 words. For Part II, you need to write an essay that investigates recent development of sustainable building materials. The recommended word count for Part II is 2,000 – 2,500 words.
Part I: Questions
Describe the construction process of the diaphragm walls in steps. In what conditions should this be considered as an option for underground construction? Compare the advantages and disadvantages of the use of diaphragm walls.
What is the difference between end-bearing piles and friction piles and when to used them? Please describe the construction process of both piles in steps.
Find all the zero-force members in the following truss and explain the steps. Name the members in the format: ab, bc, cd, etc.
What are the reasons for introducing the prestressed concrete? Why can it improve the performance of concrete?
A building has 61 floors. Each floor requires five trade jobs. The work dependency is given in the following diagram. Productivity rates of the jobs are given in the table. Draw the Line of Balance chart at month 16.
Production rate (floors/month)
Number of crews
Part II: Essay
Identify recent development of one sustainable building material based on a literature review. Explain the features and the use of these materials. Here is the suggested structure of the essay:
Link to module learning outcomes
LO1, LO2, LO3
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Harvard referencing style
No need for a cover page
Separate Part I and II
Understanding of relevant issues
Empirical knowledge and use of examples
Reflection and thought
Presentation & references
General misunderstanding of the issues under discussion.
Empirics absent or irrelevant/inaccurate. No evidence to support claims made.
Erroneous analysis. Misunderstanding of the basic core of the taught materials. No conceptual material.
Poorly formatted or inappropriate visuals
Reasonable understanding of the issues & their broader implications.
Some empirical material but limited in quality & not always effectively used to support claims.
Reasonable reproduction of ideas from taught materials. Rudimentary definition & use of concepts.
Formatting, visuals, & referencing occasionally distract from argument.
Sound understanding of issues, with insights into broader implications.
Significant amount of quality empirical material, used to support most claims.
Evidence of student’s own analysis. Concepts defined & used
Formatting, visuals, & referencing rarely detract from argument.
systematically & effectively.
Thorough understanding of issues with some sophisticated insights.
Impressive, highly relevant & detailed empirical material used to evidence most claims.
Evidence of innovative analysis. Concepts deftly defined & used with some sense of theoretical context.
Formatting, visuals, & referencing are impeccable.
Striking understanding of complexities & significance of issues.
Claims supported by impressive, detailed, distinctive empirics. Some reflexivity on data.
Impressive thought, insights & analysis. Concepts deftly defined & accurately used with a strong sense of context.
Formatting, visuals, & referencing actively contribute to argument.
– Over-length or under-length of 10% will receive 5 points penalty
– Over-length penalty cannot take the student’s mark below ‘Pass Mark’
– In the case the coursework that is submitted is over-length and is also late, the greater of any penalties will apply.
Word limit: 3000 words with 10% leeway Type of content Counts towards the word limit Table of contents No Reference list or bibliography at the end No Cover page No Diagrams, annotated pictures, figures and any other visuals No Appendices No Abstract No Acknowledgements