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ARC8020 : Urban Energy

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carlos Calderon
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module provides an introduction to Urban Energy as an emergent academic field of inquiry and professional practice. It is intended specifically for students who wish to gain an awareness and understanding of how energy is shaping our urban environments.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module consists of a series lectures, workshops, and seminars delivered in a block teaching format and additional, weekly, project supervisory tutorials with the module leader to research a selected project in depth. The module explores Urban Energy holistically and thematically. As a way of example, key themes to be explored are: Policy, Technology, Analysis, and Practice.

Students will be assessed through the production of a report on a selected case study or creative project. The report should therefore demonstrate the students’ ability to apply the principles, theories and practice of Urban Energy into a study proposal as well as outlining future work directions. Qualitative, quantitative, creative or mixed approaches can be followed. As a way of example, students could carry out focus groups, surveys, creative interventions or analytical analysis on salient aspects of the selected Urban Energy case study or creative project.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:0050% PIP or online if more convenient to students
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0048:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Seminars. PIP.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work129:00108:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision41:004:001:1 supervision. 50% PIP or online if more convenient to students.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A mixture of scheduled and structured activities, including recorded mini lectures, reading and skills based tasks to be carried out individually and in small student groups replace a chronological lecture based module, in order for students to build their knowledge of urban energy and develop the skills to locate and evaluate information independently.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M80Written assignment. Report on a selected case study. 3000 word
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Oral assessment and presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

As a practical module, it will assess the students’ ability to understand Urban Energy’s principles, theories, and practicalities in a holistically and thematically way. Students will present results of their own practical work, and to draw conclusions from this work

Reading Lists