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Undergraduate Course: Technology & Environment 3 (ARDE10002)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is concerned with contemporary building technology and the construction and design of steel and concrete framed structures. The manner in which buildings are constructed is continually changing, responding to cultural, social, and technological conditions. During the next forty years (the probable length of your career) the means available to construct buildings will have changed radically. Traditional construction methods and techniques are being replaced by increased industrialistion and prefabrication. New disciplines and roles are evolving for the design teams. Each new project raises new issues for the design team and their builders. Change is an inherent characteristic of the construction industry. Designers need to approach the use of technology with this in mind, in an informed rather than an empirical manner. It is not possible to provide a truly comprehensive review of the technology used in contemporary buildings, which by definition is constantly changing. Instead, key issues concerning contemporary technology are raised by focusing on a series of relevant topics. Case studies will be used throughout. The topics include: Concrete and steel framed buildings; The building envelope; Manufacturing processes; Industrialised construction.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Pre-requisite requirements: Honours entry to MA (Hons) Architectural Design / MA (Hons) Architectural Studies or BEng/MEng Structural Engineering with Architecture, or by agreement of the Head of subject area as part of the BA Humanities and Social Science curriculum
Additional Costs Processes and materials involved in the presentation of work: printing and reprographic charges, photographic costs, digital storage etc.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 155 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Students will receive feedback on an essay plan in written form and/or through tutorial meetings.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the key differences informing the design of steel and concrete structures.
  2. Analyse and review contemporary construction methods and technology.
  3. Make informed decisions integrating issues of building technology into their design work.
  4. Have gained an understanding of structural framing using reinforced concrete and steel, the building envelope and the use of manufacturing and prefabrication in construction.
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Course organiserDr Elham Mousavian
Course secretaryMiss Laura Varga
Tel: (0131 6)50 2430
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