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Postgraduate Course: Architectural Technology Research (ARCH11075)

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
SummaryArchitectural Technology Research emulates the role of researcher-practitioner, recognising that architectural projects in the context of a Climate Emergency need a level of technological investigation as a prerequisite to successful low carbon design. Students will work collaboratively to conduct research into architectural environments, materials and processes with a focus on reducing the global impact of the buildings and places we design.
Course description The course runs throughout Semester 1 with students undertaking research projects in contemporary architectural technology and environmental issues in small groups. Students develop and research an architectural theme in response to the Climate Emergency, and then explore this in the context of the design studio. Output from research projects will be prepared and presented as a digital resource to be shared with all students on the M.Arch programme. This creates an array of research in materials, environmental design and approaches to designing and constructing the built environment. The course is complimented by guest talks and resources from architects involved in practice based research.
Students are supported by tutors in selection of the research topics and guiding the research through the semester. Online sessions will be arranged for groups to discuss, share and present their work. Final work will be presented in an online symposium.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  76
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, External Visit Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Learning outcomes are assessed by coursework.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. An ability to appraise the technological and environmental conditions specific to issues in contemporary architecture, eg. sustainable design.
  2. An ability to organise, assimilate and present technological and environmental information in the broad context of architectural design to peer groups.
  3. An ability to analyse and synthesise technological and environmental information pertinent to particular context (eg. users, environment).
  4. An understanding of the potential impact of technological and environmental decisions of architectural design on a broader context.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course must be taken in Year 1 of the M.Arch.
Additional Class Delivery Information Semester 1, Lectures: Mondays 10.00 - 12.00, Tutorials Mondays 13:00 - 17:00
Course organiserDr Kate Carter
Tel: (0131 6)50 2323
Course secretaryMs Louisa King
Tel: (01316) 502306
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