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Course CodeSemester Course Name LE/RC/LA Course Type Language of Instruction ECTS
Course Goals
The aim of course is having students knowledge about structural materials and having ability to choose the right structural material during decision process.
Prerequisite(s) Course Code Course Name…
Corequisite(s) Course Code Course Name…
Special Requisite(s) It is important to attend Building Material course; It is required to attend 70% of the classes
Instructor(s) Professor Esin KASAPOĞLU (Bu ders, bu dönem açılmamıştır)
Course Assistant(s)
Schedule Tuesday; 13:00-16:45, 2B0305
Office Hour(s) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Esin KASAPOĞLU; make an appointment; AK-2C-12
Teaching Methods and Techniques - Theory; discussion; presentation
Principle Sources -- 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. 
Other Sources -- Eriç, M., Yapı Fiziği ve Malzemesi, Literatür Yayıncılık, İstanbul, 2002.

- Şimşek, O., Yapı Malzemesi I – II, Beta Basım Yayım, Ankara, 2003.

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

- Ersoy, H. Y., Kompozit Malzeme, Literatür Yayıncılık, İstanbul, 2001.
Course Schedules
Week Contents Learning Methods
1. Week General information and discussion; Effects of material properties on the structural system design Oral Presentation
2. Week Concrete as a building material and historical development of concrete and reinforced concrete Oral Presentation
3. Week Concrete and sustainability; factors effecting quality of concrete; special cocncrete Oral presentation
4. Week Rationalization of traditional building production systems: tunnel formwork Oral presentation
5. Week Rationalization of traditional building production systems: concrete prefabricated systems Oral presentation; discussion
6. Week Structural system of some famous reinforced concrete buildings; Steel and properties of steel as a structural material; Oral presentation; discussion
7. Week Historical development of steel as a structural building material Oral presentation
8. Week Sustainability of steel; large span steel structures Oral presentation
9. Week Mid term exam Exam
10. Week High-rise steel structures; Steel construction systems: heavy steel structures; light steel structures Oral presentation;
11. Week Floor systems in steel construction; steel prefabricated systems Oral presentation;
12. Week Wood and properties of wood as a building material Oral presentation;
13. Week Wood structural systems: heavy wood systems Oral presentation;
14. Week Wood structural systems: light wood systems Oral presentation;
15. Week Final exams week exam
16. Week Final exams week exam
17. Week Final exam Evaluation
Evaluation tools Quantity Weight(%)
Midterm(s) 1 30
Homework / Term Projects / Presentations 1 30
Final Exam 1 40

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 an idea and information about structural building material types (KNOWLEDGE)
LO-2learning the application principals of building elements & materials in a structural system (KNOWLEDGE)
LO-3being able to recognize, interpret and evaluate the principles of materials used in a structural system. (SKILL)
LO-4learning how to create solutions for details and applications. (SKILL)
LO-5being able to make the right choice during material decisions (COMPETENCY)
Course Assessment Matrix:
Program Outcomes - Learning Outcomes Matrix
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LO 5