Civil Engineering Materials


Introduces the important physical and chemical properties of materials that are commonly used in civil engineering.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the fundamental (engineering related) issues surrounding the use of the following Civil Engineering Materials; concrete, structural steel (and other important structural metals), timber, masonry, ceramics and composites, and polymers.

2. Explain the production and/or manufacturing methods associated with these materials.

3. Explain, describe and characterise some of the variability and uncertainty associated with these materials.

4. Describe and critically analyse the limitations of these materials under various loading circumstances.

5. Communicate their learned knowledge of these materials.


  • Fundamental material properties and behaviour.
  • Variability and uncertainty of material properties.
  • Polymers and bituminous materials.
  • Concrete: properties of fresh concrete, hardened concrete, durability, reinforcement, fire resistance, high strength concrete, mix design.
  • Ceramic and composite materials.
  • Metals and alloys:physical metallurgy, mechanical properties of metals, forming of metals, oxidation and corrosion, metals-their differences and uses, commercial structural steel, welding of structural steel, fire design.
  • Timber.
  • Masonry.

Assessment Items

Report: Minor Lab Reports

Report: Major Lab Reports

Report: Research Report

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 18 hour(s) per Term

Students will not be permitted to enter the Civil Engineering Laboratory until they have successfully completed the annual on-line induction quiz.


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term