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Undergraduate Course: Architectural History and Heritage in Practice (ARHI08008)

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
SummaryThis course has two objectives. First, it introduces some of the key ideas in architectural heritage and conservation, including the history of conservation, the current 'state of the art', and some of the key philosophies and debates which shape current heritage and conservation practice. Second, it familiarises students with a range of digital and practical skills which are of use in architectural-historical research and also in the presentation of that research to a range of audiences. In so doing, it equips students with practical research and presentation skills that should be of use during the Honours years and potentially beyond, in the world of work.
Course description This course introduces students to key ideas and practices in architectural heritage and conservation, and to a range of practical and digital skills.

The course is structured as a mixture of lectures, interactive/practical sessions, and site visits. The initial lectures introduce the history of architectural conservation. They also cover the key ideas and philosophies which shape current conservation practice. In parallel, practical sessions introduce some of the key digital and practical skills used by architectural historians and heritage professionals. These sessions are also intended to give a simple overview of the main software packages used by architectural historians and heritage professionals. Through hands-on experience, students will develop skills which can be used throughout the Honours years and beyond. In addition, there will be at least one visit to an architectural archive, and a session dedicated to the range of careers which directly draw on architectural history.

Students will be expected to attend all sessions, and especially the practical classes as these sessions will introduce skills that are tested in the summative assessment for the course. The main component assessment for the course comprises a report, in which students will discuss the history and signicance of a pre-agreed building. Students will also undertake a short assessed digital exercise, and will produce a poster summarising their report in an accessible way for a non-specialist audience.

Students should complete the course with a range of useful practical skills, and with an understanding of how architectural history can be 'applied' in heritage and conservation practice - and beyond.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a range of practical skills used by architectural historians and heritage professionals
  2. Convey the history and significance of a building or site to a range of audiences, visually, by means of text, and orally
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of architectural conservation, and contemporary conservation practice
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with key digital packages and techniques useful to the architectural historian
Reading List
A full reading list will be provided using the library's 'Resource List' facility prior to the start of the semester.

The core text for the history of conservation will be Miles Glendinning, 'The Conservation Movement' (Abingdon, 2013).
For significance and listing, the text will be Historic England's 'Conservation Principles' (online).
For the archaeology of standing buildings, see Richard K. Morriss, 'The Archaeology of Buiildings' (Stroud, 2001).
For conservation planning, see James Semple Kerr, The Conservation Plan (New South Wales, 1996).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues that are within the common understandings in a subject/ discipline/sector.

Use a range of approaches to formulate and critically evaluate evidence-based solutions/responses to de ned and/or routine problems and issues.

Use a wide range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills associated with a subject/discipline/sector, for example:

- Convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.
- Use a range of standard ICT applications to process and obtain data.

Exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level in practice or in a subject/discipline/sector.

Work, under guidance, with others to acquire an understanding of current professional practice.
Keywordsarchitectural history,heritage,conservation
Course organiserDr Alistair Fair
Tel: (0131 6)51 3913
Course secretaryMiss Dee Gillespie
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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