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Undergraduate Course: Technology and Environment 2B: Building Fabric (ARCH08027)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course explores the applications of the principles of structural analysis and design, as also construction technology, implemented in the first year technology and design courses. Moving up in the degree of complexity in design, structural stability and serviceability are examined as a result of a wider range of actions. The process of dimensioning structural elements is scrutinised to provide insight to the rationality involved. Discussion of the design of these elements and their expression in structural forms classified broadly as linear and cellular addresses the majority of medium-sized construction and covers collectively the main material systems (timber, steel, concrete, masonry), highlighting their relevance to architectural design. This is further explored in their tectonic expression in processes of material system choice, architectural synthesis and assembly, actually the essence of how a building communicates its qualities to its users.
Course description Technology and building design of the main material systems (masonry, timber, concrete, steel)
- structural loads
- structural analysis (stress, stiffness, qualitative analysis)
- material technology and mechanical properties
- sizing of timber structures
- design of frames
- masonry and cellular structures
- soils and foundations
- masonry as a material system
- steel as a material system
- concrete as a material system
- timber as a material system
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Online Activities 6, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Project 1 (structural design of a timber frame) 25%
Project 2 (material systems) 25%
Examination (2 hours) (50%)
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)T&E2B Building Fabric2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)T&E2B Building Fabric2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. apply the mechanisms of design of structures that address increasingly complex interactions between forms, human use and the environment of a site, in terms of imposed actions and the impact of the chosen material
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the process of choice and assembly of material systems in the design of buildings to provide internal conditions of comfort and its aesthetic expression
  3. communicate an understanding of the range of applications of the principles of assembly and structural performance with regards to the main material systems (masonry, timber, steel and concrete) in the design of medium-sized buildings
Reading List
Structures, D L Schodek. Prentice-Hall. 1998

Building structures : from concepts to design, M. Millais. London: Spon Press, 2005

Timber construction manual, T. Herzog et al. Basel: Birkhäuser Edition Detail, 2004

Archi-Tech: An Integrated Approach to Building Science and Technology by Architectural Press Release: 2006.

Building Skins by Christian Schittich Birkhauser Verlag AG Release: 2006

Facade Construction Manual by Thomas Herzog, Roland Krippner, Werner Lang Birkhauser Verlag AG Release: 2004
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - application of mathematical processes
- building analysis
- communication through drawings
Special Arrangements n/a
KeywordsTechnology & environment; building fabric; structures; construction
Course organiserDr Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Tel: (0131 6)50 2300
Course secretaryMrs Rosie Hall
Tel: 0131 651 5802
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