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TSYH 3220 - Aggregates Part 1: Basic Properties

Transystems Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

An introduction to the sources, types and qualities of aggregates, and the methods used to find them. Applications of aggregates and the codes governing them are discussed.





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 30919

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This is a distance learning course. Start any time. You have 52 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Correspondence format.
  2. Please note that the above price is for tuition only; textbooks (if required) are additional. Course materials are available in the Learning Hub: Textbooks are not shipped automatically, please order them from the BCIT Bookstore: Civil Technology PTS Department:
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

Module 1 - Origin of Aggregates

  • Define construction aggregates.
  • Describe the origin and process of aggregate formation.
  • Recognize suitable sources for natural aggregates.
  • Explain the methods of manufacturing artificial aggregates.

Module 2 - Properties of Aggregates

  • Describe and explain the following properties of aggregates; shape, size, texture, density, absorption, strength, toughness and soundness.
  • Demonstrate the properties of aggregates as they pertain to construction materials.
  • Relate the properties of aggregates to the origin of aggregates.
  • Identify the proper tests required to determine a specific property of an aggregate.

Module 3 - Aggregate Source Development

  • Describe typical aggregate bearing landforms.
  • Lay out a program for subsurface investigation of a proposed deposit.
  • Describe a practical method and/or techniques to determine quality and quantity of a proposed deposit.
  • Calculate the usable quantity of aggregates in a proposed deposit.

Module 4 - Specification and Codes

  • Name the major standards pertaining to aggregate properties.
  • Use the various standards as they pertain to aggregate use with differing materials.
  • Relate the purpose of standards for construction materials.

Effective as of Fall 2003

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