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Postgraduate Course: Architecture and Sustainability (Distance Learning) (Heriot-Watt) (ARCH11220)

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
SummaryThis course is about how architecture is influenced through sustainable development and how in turn the development of our cities affects the way we deal with critical environmental issues. It is delivered through distance learning.
Course description Architecture and Sustainability gives you an overview at a range of scales from the global to individual building of sustainable design discourses. Architecture is often said to hold a mirror up to the aspirations and values of the society and this course examines how successful built environment strategies are in engaging with sustainable development.

This course does not seek to be a comprehensive grounding in sustainable design. Instead it seeks to convey the essential theories, debates and strategies that inform the relationship between sustainable development and architecture.

You will study the following themes:
[A] Principles of Sustainable Development
[B] The Sustainable City
[C] The Sustainable Neighbourhood
[D] The Sustainable Building

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 ( Lecture Hours 12, Online Activities 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 180 )
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 and understanding of key sustainable concepts as applicable to architecture.
  2. Acquire an appreciation of the varying scales of enquiry in formulating sustainable design strategies
  3. Develop the ability to critically appraise the built environment through sustainable criteria
Reading List
T. J. Williamson, Helen Bennets & Antony Radford: Understanding Sustainable Architecture
Paul F. Downton: Ecopolis: Architecture and Cities for a Changing Climate
R S Means: Green Building
Peter Calthorpe: Urbanism in the age of climate change
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 how sustainable discourses inform contemporary architectural design;
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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