30 credits at level HE5
This module seeks to develop the students’ design and presentation skills. Architectural Technologists must understand the language of architectural design and presentation and must be practical and methodical in their approach. They should be capable of preparing meticulous and accurate information. Structural aspects of building construction are also considered.
Design Theory (10%)
Basic needs. Human needs. Colour. Perception. Proportion. Size and scale. Form and shape. Taste, style and fashion.
Investigation of the different styles of 20th century architecture. Influences on current good building and detail design. Analysis of the brief, constructional and technical issues, design options.
Technical and Environmental Issues (35%)
Implications of the requirements of construction technology on design. Examination of the effects of environmental considerations on building design. Measured and photographic surveys. Design development, detailed design, detailing and presentation.
Selection of appropriate building materials. Specification of materials and influence on detail design. Introduction to NBS.
Types of load; calculation of loads on elements of structure.
Use of foundations to spread loads and limit settlement. Movement joints between parts of a building on dissimilar foundations. Location of new foundations adjacent to old, avoiding undermining, underpinning.
Determine forces in simple statically determinate plane frames by graphical and analytical methods.
Calculation of reactions, bending moments and shear forces in simply – supported beams subjected to uniformly distributed and concentrated loads. Relationship between bending moment and shear forces. Bending theory.
Lectures and tutorials 105 hours
Studio/coursework preparation 105 hours
Self Study 78 hours
Examination preparation 10 hours
Exam 2 hours
TOTAL 300 hours.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Appreciate and understand the qualities of good design. Understand the need for well designed details
Analyse and describe the factors which have an influence on architecture, building details and materials in construction today.
Produce a comprehensive portfolio of work containing well designed drawn details
|2.||Understand the need for clear, concise written communications.
Produce an unambiguous specification of work
|3.||Understand the types of loads and their effects on structures including beams, frames, columns and foundations.||Analyse the relationship between load, shear force and bending moments and their respective diagrams.|
|4.||Produce competent designs.
Draw well-designed details;
Undergo critiques by peers and staff
Demonstrate knowledge of construction and current legislation.
|5.||Select and specify appropriate building materials.||Use appropriate technical information from various sources|
|6.||Apply structural principals to the solution of structural problems.
Analyse structural forms.
Carry out the necessary calculations to produce shear force and bending moment diagrams.
Produce load derivation statements and load paths for a chosen structure.
|7.||Understand the need for accurate measured and photgraphic surveys||Produce accurate measured and photographic surveys|
|8.||Understand the factors to be considered in the design and specification of construction details
Demonstrate understanding of a variety of structural systems and knowledge of their behaviour under load.
|Analyse and evaluate a variety of information displaying an holistic approach to the solution of design problems.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Coursework||Unseen examination - based on structures part of module|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Baden-Powell, C., “Architect’s Pocket Book”, Architectural Press
Burberry, P., “Mitchell’s Environment and Services”, 8th Edition 1997.
Emmitt, S., “Architectural Technology”, 2002, Blackwell Science.
Fletcher, B. “ A History of Architecture”,
Haverstock, “Building Design Easibrief”, 1999, Morgan Grampian, London.
Peysner, N., “A Dictionary of Architecture”,
Reekie & McCarthy, “Reekies Architectural Drawing”, 6thEdition 2004, Edward Arnold.
Reid, E., “Understanding Buildings”, 1st Edition 1995, Addison Wesley Longman.
Tutt, P & Alder, D, “Metric Handbook”,
Thompson, A., “An Introduction to Construction Drawing”, 3rd Edition 2004, Edward Arnold.
Thompson, A., “Architectural Design Procedures”, 3rd Edition 2001, Edward Arnold.
Willis, C., J., “Specification Writing for Architects & Surveyors”, 12th Edition 2002, BSP
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