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TCP1018 : Design Awareness and Communication

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Tim Townshend
  • Lecturer: Mr Martin Bonner
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Over the module the student will gain a broad understanding of visualisation techniques, how to communicate technical information through drawing and Urban Design analysis. Although it will not be broached in the first year the hope would be the student would begin to appreciate, through their own analysis, why the environment they have chosen is successful.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module explores the ways in which designs can be presented visually in the form of technical drawings and visualisations and gives the student to tools to create their own versions of these. The students will choose an existing building to create an elevational drawing and ‘street scape’ visualisation for. The syllabus will cover;
•       The need for visual medium in planning/architecture/design
•       The difference between visualisations and technical drawing
•       Introduction to the assignment and Sketchup
•       How to survey a house for their assignment.
•       How to create a street using a map and their house as a component off the street
•       Creating Planning Drawings using Sketchup Layout
•       Creating a A1 poster using InDesign, creating location diagram, importing images.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials81:008:00Weeks 1-8 - PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching90:203:00Group tutorials week 1-9 - PiP
Guided Independent StudySkills practice84:0032:00Week 1-8
Guided Independent StudyProject work155:0055:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A mixture of of small lectures outlining the learning goals for the next stage of the course are backed up by (Guided Learning) material with group tutorials used to cover any issues which may have arisen.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M100Scale plan and elevation drawing of a specified building
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This is a design project and is assessed as visual presentation.

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