ECTSAdvanced Materials of Construction

Advanced Materials of Construction (CE542) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Advanced Materials of Construction CE542 Elective Courses 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
DD or a better grade in CE 210 Civil Engineering Materials course (or an equivalent course)
Course Language English
Course Type Elective Courses
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion, Experiment, Drill and Practice, Problem Solving, Team/Group.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Ertan SÖNMEZ
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The general objective of this course is to introduce the students advanced topics in materials of construction. These topics include microstructures of concrete, steel and composites, differences and similarities in response to loading and environmental effects on these materials, with emphasis on strength, elastic properties, creep, shrinkage, thermal stresses, and failure mechanisms, emerging materials in construction.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Identify the relationships between microstructural development and macroscale behavior of steel, composites and concrete.
  • Review technical information in the field of construction materials and apply this knowledge to improve sustainability of engineered structures
  • Understand the behavioral characteristics and various properties of construction materials and apply this knowledge to property development and performance of these materials.
  • Design laboratory tests to perform analysis and evaluations on specific topics of construction materials, select materials for the specific purpose of use
  • Learn to prepare reports and presentations which involves literature survey of research topics about construction materials and demonstrate improved technical communication skills, both written and oral
  • Comprehensive study of a specific civil engineering problem selected so as to integrate the knowledge acquired in the graduate program of study.
Course Content Mechanical and durability properties of construction materials, properties and microstructure of concrete in fresh and hardened state, microstructure, types and various aspects of steel, plastics and composites in construction, innovative materials of construction and the interaction of construction materials with the environment.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Materials science overview
2 Mechanical and physical properties of various materials used in constrcution
3 Temperature response of construction materials
4 Durability of materials
5 Testing of materials
6 Cement, microstructure and properties
7 Microstructural properties of hardened concrete
8 Steel-properties and microstructure
9 Steel-properties and microstructure
10 Plastics and ceramics
11 Fiber reinforced composites
12 Fiber reinforced composites
13 Cement polymer composites
14 Recent advances in materials technology
15 Final Exam Period
16 Final Exam Period


Course Book 1. Erdogan T. Materials for Construction, METU, 2005
Other Sources 2. Young J. F., Mindess S. Bentur A. and Gray R.J., The science and Technology of Civil Engineering Materials, Prentice Hall, 1998

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics 1 20
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 50
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 30
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 70
Percentage of Final Work 30
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Having accumulated knowledge on mathematics, science and engineering and an ability to apply these knowledge to solve Civil engineering problems. X
2 Ability to design Civil Engineering systems fulfilling sustainability in environment and manufacturability and economic constraints X
3 An ability to differentiate, identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems; an ability to select and implement proper analysis, modeling and implementation techniques for the identified engineering problems. X
4 An ability to develop a solution based approach and a model for an engineering problem and design and manage an experiment X
5 Ability to use modern engineering tools, techniques and facilities in design and other engineering applications X
6 Ability to carry out independent research in the field and to report the results of the research effectively and be able to present the research results at scientific meetings. X
7 Sufficient oral and written English knowledge to follow scientific conferences in the field and communicate with colleagues. X
8 Ability to effectively use knowledge in the field to work in disciplinary/multidisciplinary teams and the skill to lead these teams X
9 Consciousness on the necessity of improvement and sustainability as a result of life-long learning,ability for continuous renovation and monitoring the developments on science and technology and awareness on entrepreneurship and innovation X
10 Professional and ethical responsibility to gather and interpret data, apply and announce solutions to Civil Engineering problems. X
11 An ability to investigate, improve social connections and their conducting norms with a critical view and act to change them when necessary. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Laboratory 5 3 15
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 8 8
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 12 12
Total Workload 125