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Undergraduate Course: Technology and Environment: Principles (ARCH08002)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces you to critical structural, technological and environmental principles that underpin architectural design. It seeks to help you understand not only how buildings need to work functionally to keep their occupants safe and secure, but also how such considerations can produce deeper, more meaningful architecture. You will learn how buildings can be seen as interacting systems and that structural, material and environmental strategies are interlinked.
Course description The course is delivered through three Concept Gateways:


A typical week has an orientation lecture, a two-hour workshop with tasks linked to the Gateways and an hour tutorial to work in your assignments. Reading material further supports students progressing through the Gateways.
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 1A: Introduction to World Architecture (ARHI08009) AND Architectural History 1B: Revivalism to Modernism (ARHI08004) AND Art and Design (ARCH07001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please note that this course is only available to students undertaking MA (Hons) Architecture or Architecture-related programmes (such as Structural Engineering with Architecture), or by express permission of the course organiser in other instances.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only open to students on an approved exchange with ESALA
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  145
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Fieldwork Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 125 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Learning outcomes are assessed by written reports.

All learning outcomes MUST be passed in order to pass the course.

Coursework 100%

LO1=Assignment 1 (Building Hierarchies) 25%
LO2=Assignment 2 (Building Environments) 50%
LO3= Assignment 3 (Building Principles) 25%
Feedback Informal feedback- Tutors available during weekly sessions (workshops and tutorials)
Formative feedback - Pre-submission assignment discussions with tutors
Summative feedback- Summative feedback will provide students with an overall assessment of their learning.
No Exam Information
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
Essential Reading

Silver, P., McLean, W., & Evans, P. (2013) Structural Engineering for Architects: A Handbook Laurence King Publishing Ltd
Silver, P & McLean, W. (2013) Introduction to Architectural Technology Laurence King Publishing Ltd
Halliday, S. (2008) Sustainable Construction Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann

Suggested Reading

Alread, J. & Leslie, T. (2014) Design-Tech: Building Science for Architects Oxford: Architectural Press
Baden-Powell, C. (2011) The Architects Pocket Book Architectural Press
Ballard Bell, V and Rand, P. (2005) Materials for Architectural Design London: Laurence King
Bizley, G. (2007) Architecture In Detail Oxford: Architectural Press
Ching, F.D.K. (2014) Building Construction Illustrated John Wiley & Sons
Chudley, R. and Greeno, R. (2014) Building Construction Handbook Routledge
Deplazes, A. (2013) Constructing Architecture: Materials, Structures, Processes Basel: Birkhäuser
Edwards, B. (2005) Rough Guide To Sustainability London: RIBA Publishing
Hunt, T. (2003) Tony Hunt's Structures Notebook Butterworth: London
Macdonald, A. (2001) Structure and Architecture Oxford: Architectural Press
Macdonald, A. J. (1997) Structural Design For Architecture Oxford: Architectural Press
Roaf, Fuentes & Thomas (2012) Ecohouse: A Design Guide 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 organiserMrs Pilar Perez Del Real
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Course secretaryMr Brendan Sweeney
Tel: (0131 6)50 6329
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