ARC2009 : Architectural Technology

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The main aims throughout the lecture series are:
* To demonstrate the relevance and impact of building technologies and constructional methods in relation to both the natural and the man-made environment and to encourage each student to adopt an appropriate personal response
* To examine the extent to which ‘detail’ and ‘structural’ design can convey and complement a wider architectural intent
* To emphasise the importance of junctions and the process of assembly - the bringing of elements and materials together will be examined, not just in a constructional sense, but with a focus on tectonic intent
* To reinforce previously learned structural principles and increase the understanding of structural orders together with structural assembly processes and sequences
* To introduce and provide an overview to relevant legislation, codes of practice and issues surrounding health and safety – and to set the context for their role in terms of a buildings design, construction and use
* To develop an awareness of sustainability within the built environment

The module builds on the foundations established in Stage 1 and seeks to directly complement the on-going Stage 2 Studio projects.

Outline Of Syllabus

These include:
* Ecological Functionalism – Possible environmental responses related to construction & materials. Includes examination of various environmental assessment methodologies
* Technology and Conceptual Design
* Constructional Systems and Material Choice - external and controlled factors affecting the choice of a particular technology or material
* Domestic Scale Construction – comparative studies
* Structural Orders – A sequential study of various small to medium scale structural systems
* Communication for Construction
Legislation and Standards – an overview

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching is primarily by means of lectures, although these are complemented by studio tutorials, workshops and feedback sessions. In addition, students are encouraged to undertake personal research associated with studio projects with which this module has an especially strong linkage

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M60Coursework focusing on detailed design – Wall presentation + critically evaluated, illustrated report - 500w.
Case study2M40Analytical Building Case Study Report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In the light of the intended knowledge and skills outcomes the 100% coursework assessment allows a strong linkage between technology understanding and the personally developed design work in the studio.

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