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Land Economics 1

The aim of this course is to deal with measurement techniques and description of building works for the purpose of preparing bills of quantities and other documents.

Sociology for Technology

Elements of social anthropology, principles of sociological investigation, and the relationship with built environment.  Social structures:  individual, family and community; family kinship and neighborhood structure, status and class; Manifest and latent institutions and groups; Social norms, conflict and control; Dynamics of social change with specific reference to East Africa/Uganda.  Reflections of these issues in dwelling, community and development; Introduction to urban sociology in developing countries like Uganda; Industrialization and its impact on society; Assessment of impacts of

Construction Technology II (4,0,4)

This course considers framed structures:  multi-storey frames, structural materials, performance under loads, movements/expansion joints.  Pad and pile foundations, underpinning, dewatering, retaining walls, basement tanking.  Suspended floors:  types, performance and construction details.  Concrete flat and pitched roofs, construction and water proofing details.  Concrete stairs:  types, construction details.  Cladding and formwork, precise units, prefabrication and assembly. 

Introduction to Quantity Surveying (3,03)

The course introduces basic history, development, concepts and principles of quantity surveying including the nature of measurement and built systems, methods of aggregating construction resources, theories of costing; the role of quantity surveyors in the construction industry; the theory of pricing of the factors of construction.  Opportunities and challenges facing the quantity surveying profession. Changing methods of measurement including introduction of computer based software. 

Basic Law and Governance Structures (3,0,3)

The purpose of this course is to provide basic understanding of the constitutional framework and its relationship to the governance context of Uganda.  It illuminates the nature of law, sources of law including statutes and delegated legislation, judicial precedent, judicial control, rules of natural justice, custom of Uganda.  Division of powers; the legislature, the executive; the organization of courses and their jurisdiction.Administrative tribunals; the personnel of the law.Useful legal concepts including the distinction between ownership and possession, reality and personality common

Principles of Management (3,0,3)

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the core principles of managements.  It discusses the nature and importance of studying management.  Historical development of management thought.  Pre-scientific management.Classical theories.Neo-classical theories.Modern approaches to management.Functions of management planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating and controlling.Decision making theory and practice/process.Leadership theories.Motivation theories.Communication process and practice.Group dynamics and informal organization.Time management.Management proces

Construction Technology I (4,0,4)

General introduction to basic building construction techniques.Nature and functions of buildings, forms and structural concepts, and building performance.  Elements of buildings e.g. types of foundations, walls, roofing, floors etc.  Construction details of the various building elements, including covering and waterproofing.  Building components, their functions, construction and joining details.  Methods of building e.g. traditional, conventional, industrial etc. 

Construction Materials (3,0,4)

An introduction to the properties of materials; plasticity, elasticity, density, porosity, hardness.Optical, electrical, thermal and acoustic properties.Deterioration.Properties and manufacture of building materials; wood, wood products, bricks, fibre cement, ceramics, plastics, sealants and mastics, stones.  Concrete technology:  cement, aggregates, water and admixtures; properties of fresh concrete; strength considerations; durability, shrinkage and creep; special concretes; non-destructive testing; mix design.  Metals in buildings:  structural ferrous alloys; corrosion and protection; we

Geophysical Environment (3,0,3)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to elements of the physical environment, which is modified by the construction process.  It comprises of three units, namely geology, ecology and climatology.  Introduction to geology; position, origin and structure of the earth, geological time scale, importance of geology in land evaluation of building structures and environmental planning.Minerals and rocks.Weathering and erosion; their effects on man-made structures and agricultural land.Natural hazards and earth stability.Geological aspects of foundation soils and sub-structures.The g


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