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VBF051 - Building in society
Syllabus adopted 2010-02-18 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKVOV
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: LA

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0104 Project 7,5 c Grading: TH   3,5 c 4,0 c    

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TKVOV CIVIL ENGINEERING, Year 1 (compulsory)


Bitr professor  Mihail Serkitjis


VBF050   Building in society

Course evaluation:


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.


The course addresses important domains of civil engineering which are essential to engineers with an MSc in Civil Engineering. The point of departure is the processes, which are involved, in the total life cycle of buildings and constructions. The prerequisites of the construction industry, i.e. market demand, urban planning, societal demands are discussed, as well as traditional professional roles of engineers and architects. The course provides an introduction to technical subjects such as structural mechanics, building physics, building materials, building services engineering, geotechnical engineering, community development, highway and traffic engineering, construction technology and plumbing and sanitary engineering.
Environmental aspects and IT-support are integrated into the curriculum. The basics of information retrieval are taught and applied through literature studies and external contacts. Oral presentation techniques and written proficiency are trained within the framework of projects. In these projects, the group members analyse examples of buildings and constructions. An important element of this course is also to give students an understanding of the underlying ideas for the structural design of buildings.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

On completion of this course, the student should have: · A holistic view of - Building in society - The civil engineering curriculum · Knowledge of - the different professional roles, tasks and work methods of a Civil Engineer · An understanding of the technical problem areas of building · The basics of oral and written communication


The course is given in the first two quarters of the autumn term and consists of lectures and project work. The course is given in project form where most of the work is done in groups. The course aims at deepening the students knowledge in a specific type of building which they then present at a final mini conference. As a complement to the project work, a number of lectures are given which introduce the project and give support during the work.


The project is done in seminar groups of about 30 students. There is a tutor for each group to support the work. Each seminar group consists of smaller groups of 3-4 students who work with their own topic. The task involves studying a specific building / structure and by doing that, learning how buildings /structures consist of different parts and how these function together. The project is described in more detail in a separate course description which is handed out in connection with the first seminar.


The course book is -Fackspråklig kommunikation i tal och skrift - en handledning för Chalmersstuderande (can be bought at Cremona). Photocopies and lecture notes are also provided on the course homepage.


To pass the course, the following should be done to an acceptable level: Active participation in the group work Group report and presentation A concluding individual reflection over the course Submitted reflection assignment, individual and group, showing the group dynamics Active participation in group work and presentations The group work is graded at a group level, where the group members pass according to the above. Individual grades of 3, 4 or 5 can be awarded based on the assignments done including the written report, presentation, poster, poster presentation and opposition.

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