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Undergraduate Course: Technology and Environment 2B: Building Fabric (ARCH08027)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course explores the applications of the principles of structural analysis and design, and also construction technology, implemented in the first year technology and design courses. Moving up the degree of complexity in design, structural stability and serviceability is examined as a result of a wider range of actions.

The process of dimensioning structural elements is scrutinised to provide insight to the rationality involved. Discussion of the design of these elements and their expression in structural forms classified broadly as linear and cellular addresses the majority of medium-sized construction and covers collectively the main material systems (timber, steel, concrete, masonry), highlighting their relevance to architectural design.

This is further explored in their tectonic expression in processes of material system choice, architectural synthesis and assembly, actually the essence of how a building communicates its qualities to its users.
Course description Technology and building design of the main material systems (masonry, timber, concrete, steel)
- structural loads
- structural analysis (stress, stiffness, qualitative analysis)
- material technology and mechanical properties
- sizing of timber structures
- design of frames
- masonry and cellular structures
- soils and foundations
- masonry as a material system
- steel as a material system
- concrete as a material system
- timber as a material system
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No
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, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  125
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Online Activities 6, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assignment 1 (LO1) 25%
Assignment 2 (LO2) 25%
3 Essays (LO3) 50%
Feedback Written feedback is given to each assignment according to the Learning Outcome assessed.

A formative feedback session runs at the end of the Structures project in the classroom where common observations are discussed with the students.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. apply the mechanisms of design of structures that address increasingly complex interactions between forms, human use and the environment of a site, in terms of imposed actions and the impact of the chosen material
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the process of choice and assembly of material systems in the design of buildings to provide internal conditions of comfort and its aesthetic expression
  3. communicate an understanding of the range of applications of the principles of assembly and structural performance with regards to the main material systems (masonry, timber, steel and concrete) in the design of medium-sized buildings
Reading List
Structures, D L Schodek. Prentice-Hall. 1998

Building structures : from concepts to design, M. Millais. London: Spon Press, 2005

Timber construction manual, T. Herzog et al. Basel: Birkhäuser Edition Detail, 2004

Archi-Tech: An Integrated Approach to Building Science and Technology by Architectural Press Release: 2006.

Building Skins by Christian Schittich Birkhauser Verlag AG Release: 2006

Facade Construction Manual by Thomas Herzog, Roland Krippner, Werner Lang Birkhauser Verlag AG Release: 2004
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - application of mathematical processes
- building analysis
- communication through drawings
Special Arrangements n/a
KeywordsTechnology & environment; building fabric; structures; construction
Course organiserDr Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Tel: (0131 6)50 2300
Course secretaryMr Brendan Sweeney
Tel: (0131 6)50 6329
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