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Module

ARC2010 : Architectural Technology 2.2: Construction and Energy Efficiency

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mr John Kinsley
  • Other Staff: Dr Neil Burford, Mr Simon Hacker
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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 develop an awareness of sustainability within the built environment and to increase understanding of the wider environmental impacts associated with embodied energy and energy in use in buildings;
*To explore the role of low or zero carbon design, Passivhaus and active plus design on future building construction practices with a particular focus on fabric first principles, energy conservation and the delivery of renewable energy.

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 consideration of embodied energy and energy performance of different materials;
*Low energy design principles;
*Fabric first approach to building envelope design;
*Natural and mechanical ventilation strategies and heat recovery;
*Introduction to renewable energy technologies;
*Building innovation case studies.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:003 weeks of 9 x 20 minutes recorded lectures. interspersed with Structured Research and Reading
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Production of case study assessment
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities91:009:003 weeks of 9 x 20 minutes. Research activity themed to support lecture topics each week.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:001 workshop session in support of the portfolio coursework assessment. Small group working. Zoom Q&A
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion30:402:003 weeks of a non-synchronous Q&A session run over a day on Canvas discussion board – allowing feedba
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Open’ online meetings allowing drop-in for post-induction, post workshop and pre-assessment completi
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity13:003:00Small group working, including discussions and peer review and formulation of group questions – thes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study129:0029:00Independent research of precedent building in preparation for assignment.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk30:402:00Weekly signposting talk + Q&A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching is primarily by means of a-synchronous lectures which establish a framework for learning. Students are encouraged to undertake guided independent research based on material introduced in lectures which will inform the case study assessment. The students’ learning is supported by synchronous activities comprising tutorials and workshops delivered in a seminar format. Present in person provision will be delivered at the programme level, via academic mentoring on assigned ‘Present in Person days’. In addition, students are encouraged to undertake personal research which is often directly associated with, or relevant to their on-going ARC2001 studio projects – with which this module has an especially strong relationship.

Synchronous v Non-synchronous Hours: While there is both synchronous and non-synchronous learning and teaching activity for all modules, across the programme the structured guided learning is weighted towards non-design modules and the scheduled learning and teaching activity hours are weighted towards Architectural Design modules. The latter is a reflection of a) design studio pedagogy, which is centred on a dialogic and responsive approach to students’ own research and creative work and b) student feedback and high student attendance at weekly online Architectural Design Stage briefings (module talks) during the period of lockdown teaching in Spring 2020.’

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Building Case Study Report (non-domestic) + critically evaluated, illustrated 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

Reading Lists

Timetable