ARC8020 : Urban Energy

Semester 2 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 and A1 poster of a selected case study. The report and A1 poster 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. During the block teaching component, students will be asked to do formative group presentations on selected topics.

Building on the previous report and A1 poster, students will be asked to produce a report or a creative project on one of the previously identified future work directions. This second part could follow a qualitative, quantitative, creative or mixed approach. 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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion104:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyProject work145:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops51:005:00Workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery51:005:00Drop In
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study202:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00One on One
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module innovatively combines block and linear teaching to make it compatible with the 10 credits version. ARC Urban Energy (20) will deliver as a block in 4 days at the beginning of Semester 2 to fit in with the other block modules. Additionally, ARC Urban Energy will be supplemented with weekly project supervisory tutorials.      

Below there is an example of a typical block teaching day.
9       Lecture
10       Lecture
11       Lecture
12       Seminar
14       Workshop
15       Workshop
16       Workshop
17       Surgery

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M80Written assignment. Report on a selected case study. 3000 word
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Oral assessment and presentation
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Design/Creative proj2MGroup presentation - to provide feedback on case study selection.
Report2MMethodology and future work directions.
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

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