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Postgraduate Course: Design, Value and Architecture (Distance Learning) (Heriot-Watt) (ARCH11219)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe purpose of Design Value and Architecture is to examine how architectural design and the currents of cultural thought and of historical change have influenced the architectural profession. It is delivered through distance learning.
Course description Design, Value and Architecture provides an insight into the underpinnings of the current architectural profession and reflects how global forces that are reshaping our built environment at an unprecedented rate.

In completing this course, you will gain a greater understanding of the currents at work in contemporary environments and how the workings of all built professions are subject to wider influence than the narrow focus that specialisation often imposes. You will study the following themes:
[A] The Evolution of Modern Architectural Practice
[B] The Modern Movement and the Internationalisation of Style
[C] Cultural Influences on Architectural Design Theory
[D] Architectural Specificity in an Age of Globalisation

This is a distance learning course, delivered entirely online using as its main delivery platform our virtual learning environment. The choice of this mode of delivery enables you to shape your study pattern around your working day and other commitments. There are online texts, links to ebooks provided by our library and lecture recordings. You will have a tutor who will advise and guide you through the course.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This is a run-off course for a discontinuing programme.
This course is only available for students enrolled for MSc Architectural Project Management. It is not available to any other students.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 16/01/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be assessed in three ways:

Course assignment 1: You will undertake a research report. It counts for 50% of the final mark for the course.
This assignment addresses all the learning outcomes for this course.

Course assignment 2: You will undertake an essay that answers one of a choice of questions. It counts for 30% of the final mark for the course.
This assignment addresses learning outcome for this course.

Course assignment 3: You undertake a weblog journal, building up a series of entries during the study period to record your engagement with the course. It counts for 20% of the final mark for the course.
This assignment addresses learning outcomes 2 and 3 for this course.
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. This will be in the form of verbal feedback given in tutorial and reviews as well as written feedback at key stages in your coursework.

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.

For Course Assignment 1: you will receive written formative feedback on submission of your scope of study, and on submission of your report structure.
For Course Assignment 2: you will receive written formative feedback on your essay synopsis.
For Course Assignment 3: you will receive written formative feedback at least twice as you submit entries to the weblog.

You will receive summative feedback with a grade for all items of coursework you complete.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain knowledge of the key historical movements in architectural design. - The ability to critically assess buildings in respect to their architectural design intent.
  2. Acquire an understanding of the impact of wider cultural discourses on architectural design theory.
  3. Develop the ability to critically assess buildings in respect to their architectural design intent.
Reading List
Kenneth Frampton: Studies in Tectonic Culture- The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture
Colin Rowe: The Architecture of Good Intentions
Juhani Pallasmaa : The Eyes of the Skin- Architecture and the Senses
Alain de Botton: The Architecture of Happiness
David Watkins: English Architecture. A concise history
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Apply strategies for appropriate selection of relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge;
Communicate effectively at all levels and using a range of media;
Show understanding of the context and factors that inform contemporary architectural design;
Show understanding of the cultural contexts and design aspirations of the architectural profession;
Show a development of research skills based on tangible scenario based learning;
Display understanding in the collection of research information and techniques in communicating the proper attribution of others' work;
Display a facility in effective information gathering across diverse discipline fields.
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Course organiserMr John Brennan
Tel: (0131 6)50 2324
Course secretaryMiss Fanny To
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773
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