Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
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Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
MIM2021 2 BUILDING MATERIAL 2/0/0 CC Turkish 2
Course Goals

Main objective of the course is ensuring students to be aware of the importance of material information in the success of design process. In this context, it is aimed to ensure the students having necessary material information in the beginning of their architectural education, which is one of the tools in the success of design. Secondly, ensuring students to be aware of the importance of following the developments in the building materials and the material technology innovations for the success of their professional life.

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Special Requisite(s) Attending 70% of the classes is mandatory.
Instructor(s) Assoc. Prof. Esin KASAPOĞLU
Course Assistant(s)
Schedule Thursday, 13:00-14:45, ZA-3
Office Hour(s) Assoc. Prof. Esin KASAPOĞLU, Atakoy Campus, AK-2-D-15
Teaching Methods and Techniques  Building materials is a theoritically based course
Principle Sources  Kaşif Onaran, Malzeme Bilimi, Çağlayan Kitabevi, 1996

 Ferruh Kocataşkın, Yapı Malzemesi Bilimi, Birsen Yayınevi, 2000

Süheyl Akman, Yapı Malzemesi Ders Notları

Bekir Postacıoğlu, Yapı Malzemesi Problemleri

N. Toydemir, E. Gürdal, L. Tanaçan, Yapı Elemanı Tasarımında Malzeme, Literatür Yayıncılık, 2000

Murat Eriç, Yapı Fiziği ve Malzemesi, Literatür Yayıncılık, 2002

Osman Şimşek, Yapı Malzemesi I – II, Beta Basım Yayım; Ankara, 2003

Halit Yaşa Ersoy, Kompozit Malzeme, Literatür Yayıncılık, İstanbul, 2001

Other Sources - Ersoy, H. Y., Kompozit Malzeme, Literatür Yayıncılık, İstanbul, 2001.

- Hegger, M., Auch-Schwelk, V., Fuchs, M., Rosenkranz, T., Construction Materials Manual, Birkhauser - Publishers for Architecture, Basel, 2006.

- Weston, R., Materials, Form and Architecture, Laurence King Publishing, London, 2008.

- Fernandez, J., Material Architecture, Architectural Press, Elsevier, Oxford, 2006.

- Lyons, A., Materials for Architects and Builders, Butterworth-Heinemann, Elsevier, Oxford, 2007.

- Ballard Bell, V., Rand, P., Materials for Architectural Design, Laurence King Publishing, London, 2006.
Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week Introduction – Explaining the content of the course Theory
2. Week The relationship between construction-material-design; Definition and history of Building Material; Standardization in materials; classification of building materials Theory
3. Week Properties of the building materials: mechanical, technological and physical Theory
4. Week Properties of the building materials: thermal, acoustic and chemical Theory
5. Week Natural stone building materials Theory
6. Week Binding building materials (gypsum, lime, cement) Theory
7. Week Artificial building materials (mortar, concrete); Theory
8. Week Artificial building materials (mortar, concrete) Theory
9. Week Ceramics; glass building materials Theory
10. Week Midterm exam Exam
11. Week Wood building materials; timber based building materials; boards with mineral binders Theory
12. Week Metals; Theory
13. Week Polimer based building materials (plastics) Theory
14. Week 1st May Public Day
15. Week
16. Week
17. Week Final Exam Exam
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Midterm(s) 1 40
Attendance 1 5
Final Exam 1 55

Program Outcomes
PO-1Critical Thinking: Ability to inquire, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions.
PO-2Communication: Ability to use appropriate representational media to transmit essential formal elements at design process.
PO-3Investigation: Ability to gather, record, apply, and comparatively evaluate relevant information within design processes.
PO-4Design: Ability to reproduce the design information in the creative thinking process, to reach new and original results through universal design principles such as sustainability and accessibility.
PO-5World Architecture: Understanding world architecture in terms of their historical, geographical and global factors.
PO-6Local Architecture / Cultural Diversity: Understanding the architectural formations and samples of a geography through its historical and cultural context. Understanding the divergent canons of cultural values, behavioral, social and spatial patterns.
PO-7Cultural Heritage and Conservation: Understanding of conservation discourses and methods, and the subjects of cultural heritage, conservation awareness, environmental concerns and ethical responsibility.
PO-8Sustainability: Ability to design projects by using the information regarding the natural and built environment to reduce the undesirable environmental impacts on future generations through means.
PO-9Social Responsibility: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility about protecting the commonweal, having respect for historical/cultural and natural resources and improving the life quality.
PO-10Nature and Human: Understanding of the relationship between human, the natural environment and the design of the built environment.
PO-11Geographical Conditions: Understanding the relationships of site selection, settlement and building design by considering the cultural, economical and social properties as well as the natural characteristics such as soil, topography, vegetation and watershed.
PO-12Life Safety: Understanding the basic principles of security and life-safety systems in the conditions of natural disasters, fire, etc. through building and environment scales.
PO-13Structural Systems: Understanding of the basic principles of structural behavior in withstanding gravity and lateral forces and the evolution, range, and appropriate application of contemporary structural systems.
PO-14Environmental Systems: Understanding the principles of physical environmental systems’ design such as lighting, acoustics, climatization and the use of appropriate performance assessment tools.
PO-15Building Envelope Systems: Understanding of the basic principles involved in the appropriate application of building envelope systems and associated assemblies.
PO-16Building Service Systems: Understanding of the basic design principles of building service systems such as plumbing, electrical, vertical transportation, security, and fire protection systems.
PO-17Building Materials and Assemblies: Understanding of the basic principles utilized in the appropriate selection of construction materials, products, components and assemblies, based on their inherent characteristics and performance, including their environmental impact and reuse.
PO-18Integration of Building Service Systems: The ability of assessing, selecting and integrating the structural, environmental, security, envelope and service systems of the buildings for building design.
PO-19Programming and Evaluation: Ability to prepare and evaluate an architectural project program by considering the public benefits in regards of client and user needs, appropriate examplers, space and equipment requirements, financial limitations, site conditions, relevant codes, laws and design principles.
PO-20Comprehensive Project Development: Ability to produce a comprehensive architectural project that demonstrates to make design decisions across various scales.
PO-21Considering Building Costs: Understanding the fundamentals of building construction and use costs.
PO-22Architect-Client Relationship: Understanding of the responsibility of the architect to elicit, understand, and reconcile the needs of the client, owner, user groups, and the public and community domains.
PO-23Collaboration: Ability to work in collaboration with others and in multidisciplinary teams to successfully complete design projects.
PO-24Project Management: Understanding of the methods for competing for commissions, selecting consultants and assembling teams, and recommending project delivery methods.
PO-25Practice Management: Understanding the basic principles in the architectural practice processes like financial management, business planning, quality management, risk management, discussion and reconciliation.
PO-26Leadership: Understanding of the techniques and skills architects use to work collaboratively in the building design and construction process and on environmental, social, and aesthetic issues in their communities.
PO-27Legal Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding of the architect’s responsibility to the public and the client as determined by regulations and legal considerations involving the practice of architecture.
PO-28Professional Practice: Understanding and fulfillment of employer and intern rights and responsibilities for development of profession.
PO-29Ethics of Profession: Understanding of the ethical issues involved in profession regarding social, political and cultural issues in architectural design and practice.
Learning Outcomes
LO-1Having ideas and knowledge about building materials (KNOWLEDGE)
LO-2Having knowledge about application parameters of building materials (KNOWLEDGE)
LO-3Be able to identify, interpret and evaluate the characters of building materials (SKILL)
LO-4Be able to develop solution offers about detail and application (SKILL)
LO-5Ability to select the right material (COMPETENCE)
Course Assessment Matrix:
Program Outcomes - Learning Outcomes Matrix
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