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Postgraduate Course: Sustainable Theory and Contexts (ARCH11038)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course engages with key theories and contexts of sustainable development with specific reference to the built environment. The course does not require any specific design skills but you should have an interest and engagement with building, the neighbourhood and the city. The course has two key themes:

Communicating Complexity
This immerses you in the realities of sustainable design discourses, namely a vast repository of knowledge and guidance that requires intelligent analysis to construct legible and relevant sustainable design frameworks.

Building Capacity
How do we get the tools we need to undertake sustainable design? Building capacity as a concept does not tell you what you need to know but critically how to research and how to communicate that research.

Critical Theories and Practice
Much of what we understand as sustainable architecture is underpinned by theory. We engage with some of the key foundations of environmental design and how it affects design practice in the built environment.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be assessed in three ways:
1. An assignment undertaken individually. (30% of your final mark)
This is the form of a written essay that addresses learning outcomes 1 and 2.

2. An assignment undertaken individually (50% of your final mark)
This engages with quantitative and qualitative aspects of sustainable design. It addresses learning outcomes 1 and 3.

3. Student seminar presentations undertaken as a group (20% of your final mark) It addresses learning outcomes 1 and 3.
Feedback Formative feedback is given to you during the course to help you understand the learning material and assist you in the assignments we ask you to do. Summative feedback is given on a finished piece of assignment work that advises you how well you have performed in terms of the aims and objectives of the assignment and overall in relation to the course.

You will receive formative feedback as follows:
For coursework [1] a formative feedback meeting on your essay proposal
For coursework [2] a formative feedback meeting on your draft submission
For coursework [3] a practice presentation in class to develop critical and presentational skills.

You will receive summative feedback with a grade for each item of coursework you complete.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop an ability to critically assess sustainable strategies in the built environment.
  2. Understand the cultural, historic and scientific roots of environmental thought.
  3. Gain skills in the application of sustainable theory to built environment contexts.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordssustainable theory contexts city environmental
Course organiserMr John Brennan
Tel: (0131 6)50 2324
Course secretaryMiss Susan Mitchell
Tel: (0131 6)51 5743
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