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Module

ARC3020 : Introduction to Architecture

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carlos Calderon
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module provides a general introduction to architecture as an academic discipline, a profession and as a design-based practice. It is intended specifically for students who are studying in related fields who wish to build their awareness and understanding of the constructed environment from an architectural perspective.
Aims
•       To enable students to understand the principles and theories of architecture, and the influences of the history of architectural ideas on both past and present environments and societies, from the scale of the landscape and settlement, the city and urban design, to individual buildings and their making and materiality.
•       To introduce students to architectural perspectives on the issues of sustainability, human well- being, participatory design and vernacular buildings.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course consists of a series of themed lectures that cover selected topics of the principles and theories of architecture including; architectural history, design pedagogy, sustainability, building performance, digital design, urban design, design principles and representation, tectonics and materiality.

The syllabus and therefore the subject and scope of the assessments will consist of material covered in the lectures supplemented by directed and personal reading and building studies.

Students will be assessed through the production of a reflective essay (1500 words approximately) and diary/sketch book. The reflective journal essay and logbook provide evidence of critical active engagement with architectural design thinking.

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 materials81:008:00Guest lectures by invited speakers
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00Online videos to complement and supplement invited speakers talks.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion19:009:00Curation of logbook and writing of academic essay
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities21:002:00Online videos to support research activities and skills
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading81:008:00Reading of recommended texts in each lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Technical design tutorials with Architecture students.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Workshop on reflective writing
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion90:203:00Tutor led on-synchronous discussion to support peer learning and interactions
Guided Independent StudyProject work33:009:00Preparation for technical design tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Self-directed learning supported by provided resources
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk90:203:00At the start of each day to link up the guest lecture to all the other activities in the module
Total100:00
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

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
Written exercise2M100Written assignment which consists of a approximately 1500 words reflectively essay and an illustrated logbook.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A reflective journal of 1,500 words and illustrated logbook submitted at the end of the semester which allows students to demonstrate:
• knowledge and understanding of the topics.
• critical skills in responding to the specific and exploratory contexts of the questions.
• ability to construct coherent arguments.
• clarity and effectiveness of the design in communicating ideas.

Reading Lists

Timetable