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Undergraduate Course: Technology and Environment: Principles (ARCH08002)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces the technological and environmental aspects of architectural design. It focuses on the key concepts which underpin the design of structural and environmental systems. It is also concerned with the use of materials in architecture. The course emphasizes the links between architectural design, architectural technology and sustainability and a wider concern for the global environment.
Course description The course is delivered through six 'Concept Gateways'
- Material Systems
- Element Assembly
- Form and Performance
- Realisation of Structural Elements
- Principles of Sustainability
- Thermal Environment
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students also take Architectural Design: Elements (ARCH08001) AND Architectural Design: Assembly (ARCH08004) AND Architectural History: Introduction to World Architecture (ARCH08003) AND Architectural History: Revivalism to Modernism (ARCH08005) AND Art and Design (ARCH07001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Fieldwork Hours 20, External Visit Hours 3, Online Activities 6, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 125 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 25 %, Coursework 75 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Learning outcomes are assessed by written reports and written examination.
Feedback All students submit formative assessment, normally a draft report, mid-way through the semester; Workshop solutions are provided for each gateway; All students are offered online practice exam questions.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)1:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the key concepts in the physical behaviour of structural systems and their application in architecture;
  2. Appreciate the integral nature of material assembly and environmental systems to the development of architectural designs;
  3. Demonstrate breadth of knowledge and understanding of the principles of architectural structures, material assembly, environmental systems and sustainability in the built environment.
Reading List
Ballard Bell, V and Rand P (2005) Materials for Architectural Design. London: Laurence King.

Deplazes, A (2013) Constructing Architecture: Materials, Structures, Processes. Basel : Birkhäuser,

Macdonald, A. (2001) Structure and architecture. 2nd ed. Oxford : Architectural Press

Silver, P and McLean W (2013) Introduction to Architectural Technology. 2nd edition. London: Laurence King

eBooks: available from the main library website

Halliday, S (2008) Sustainable construction Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann

Available as a download through the Construction Information Service

Alread, Jason and Leslie, Thomas. (2007) Design-Tech: Building Science for Architects. Oxford: Architectural Press

Rich, P Dean, Y.(1999) Principles of element design. 3rd edition. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann

Szokolay, S. V. (2008) Introduction to architectural science. The basis of sustainable design. 2nd edition. Oxford: Architectural Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 3 hour(s) per week for 11 week(s). This course will be taught in a block using a variety of methods from structured lectures, semi-structured sessions and self-directed learning using e-learning materials.
Keywordsbuilding technology,environmental design,building structures,materials
Course organiserDr Kate Carter
Tel: (0131 6)50 2323
Course secretaryMiss Nicole Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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