Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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


BCA Singapore

  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Report: Consultancy Report

Formal Examination: Formal Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students are required to obtain at least 25 marks out of 50 in the final examination in order to pass the course irrespective of their performance in other assessment items.

Contact hours

BCA Singapore and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full 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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.