Course detail

Geology and Materials

FA-GAMCompulsoryBachelor's (1st cycle)Acad. year: 2010/2011Winter semester1. year of study3  credits

The subject is divided into two parts. The first one covers building materials, the second offers knowledge of geology. The subject's aim is to acquaint the students with the fundamental physical and utility properties of materials, and with the technologies of their production and application. The study covers the technology of concrete, production of building ceramics, the knowledge of wood, glass, binders, mortars, metals, insulation materials, technologies of surface treatment, sealants, adhesives and paints. The classes are followed by tutorials in laboratories. The part devoted to geology covers the fundamentals of petrography, the knowledge of the external and internal geological forces, geological action of water , and the foundation of buildings.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student gains the knowledge ot properties, manufacture and use of building materials.
This concerns primarily the basic modifications of concrete, building ceramic, binders and mortars, metals, building glass, wood, thermal insulation, sound insulation and waterproofing materials, polymers, adhesives, textile. The student verifies his or her knowledge in laboratory practice and, by experiments, learns to know the properties of materials.
In the subject's part dedicated to geology, the student gains the knowledge of using stone as bulding material for a work of architecture, learns to know stone's properties, and the determination of conditions of engineering geology survey, which is an indispensable part of
foundation engineering.

Mode of delivery

90 % face-to-face, 10 % distance learning


Students go through this subject in their first semester of their stay on the faculty, therefore there is assumed no previous knowledge to manage the subject matter.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

ZÁRUBA, Q. ; VACHTL, J. – POKORNÝ, M.: Základy geologie a petrografie pro stavební fakulty. Praha, SNTL, 1972. 388 s. (CS)
SCHÜTZNEROVÁ, V. ; SCHRÖFEL, J.: Geologie. Praha, Vydavatelství ČVUT, 1994. 159 s. (CS)
ŠAMALÍKOVÁ, M.: Geologie. Brno, Akademické nakladatelství CERM, s.r.o., 1996. 120 s. (CS)
ŠAMALÍKOVÁ, M.: Inženýrská geologie a hydrogeologie. Brno, Akademické nakladatelství CERM, s.r.o., 1996. 80 s. (CS)
ERBEN, A. ; PETRŮJ, S.: Stavitelství I. Praha, SNTL, 1973. 399 s. (CS)
DĚDEK, M.: Stavební materiály. Praha, Ministerstvo výstavby a stavebnictví ČR, 1989. 384 s. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Condition for gaining the credit is 100% presence on trainings – in laboratories. Only the student who successfully finished the trainings and is given the credit is allowed for the exam.
The exam is written in the form of test that is assembled from questions related to presented subject matter. Final classification is created from training evaluation and test result.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Building ceramics
Concrete – components, sorts, characteristics, production concrete
Concrete – light concretes, special concretes
Wood like construction material
Glass at application in architecture
Bonding agent and mortar
Metals in building industries and architecture
Polymers, cement, glue, skin of paint masses
Isolation against dampness and water and isolation acid - proof isolation sound, heat et al.
Surface adjustment in architecture
Rock in architecture, bases petrography
Geology – incidence inner and outer geologic coaming,
Geologic activity waters and incidence waters
Geology – foundation engineering


The subject's aim is to acquaint the students with the fundamental physical and utility properties of materials, and with the technologies of their production and application.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The training in laboratories is controlled. Based on acquired results the students process logs that are classified. Presence on lectures is not mandatory, no checks are made.

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer