Architectural Technology BSc (Hons) module details


Year one (Level 4)

Architectural Communication 1
Deals with the visualisation skills, craft skills, and communication skills which involve digital and non-digital means of cognition, manipulation and craft. It explores a wide range of two and three dimensional drawing and modelling - the basis for ‘digital-work-flow’ in later years.

Building Performance and Technology 1
Explores architecture and its place in the built environment with regard to technology and the environment. It introduces a range of concepts and intuitive levels of understanding in light, structure, materials, energy rating of dwellings and environmental design.

Building Economics 1
Introduces basic economic principles, concepts and techniques and their relevance to architectural practice. It demonstrates how the working of the economy impact on construction output and pricing decisions.

Sustainable Building Principles
Explores the principles of sustainable design and drivers of sustainability, together with awareness of ecological footprints, materials, embodied energy and processes of achieving sustainable design.

Building Design 1
Focuses on the fundamental skills and knowledge in technical design, to develop an understanding of the framework within which design projects are realised in practice.

Year two (Level 5)

Architectural Communication 2
Extends the core skill-set developed in Architectural Communication 1 (Building Information Modelling (BIM), CAD-CAM, 3D modelling, interactive file formats, film and digital-work-flow).

Building Performance and Technology 2
Extends and develops Level 4 studies in Building Performance and Technology 1. It focuses upon the technological strategies related to small to mid-scale buildings.

Building Performance and Technology 3
Develops core skills through completing a project set in response to a brief, outdoor climate, integration of design and technology, and the role that technology and environmental design have as determinant in the design and form-generating process.

Building Economics 2
Deepens the knowledge and understandings gained from Building Economics 1, and provides further insights to the specific economics of the construction sector.

Project Management
Addresses a range of practical management problems and questions encountered in modern construction industry.

Professional Practice for Sustainable Development
Develop awareness and understanding of the relationship between professional practice, sustainable development and the UK government’s scheme to achieve low/zero carbon buildings.

Building Design 2
Introduces design strategy issues related to site appraisal, planning policies and user requirements as applied to architectural design related to small/medium-scale buildings.

Building Design 3
Focuses on a design project which seeks to embed and integrate technology and environment within architecture and built environment design, leading to more advanced technical and environmental design issues in year three.

Year three (Level 6)

Building Information Technology and Modelling
Focuses on the capabilities required by the architectural technologists to operate effectively at different levels in the architectural design and construction process. It explores opportunities and methods to test detailed integrated design  project delivered in the concurrent module.

Integrated Design Project
Develops architectural technology skills and support and consolidate core areas of the BSc programme through the medium of a design project for a low energy building which embraces sustainability characteristics.

Practice, Profession and Ethics
Introduces architectural commerce and professionalism, through the study of business principles, project management, forms of practice, legalities, professional bodies and ethics.

Contract and Law
This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the general principles of contract law and its application to construction contracts. It further informs you about the key issues surrounding construction contracts, the role, obligations and responsibilities of the employer and the contractor.

Technological and Environmental Innovation
Develops skills in problem solving and innovative thinking associated with the built environment and sustainability issues in the national and global context

Apply your research skills to produce a detailed independent study of an architectural technology topic of your choice.

Please note that these modules are subject to review each year so may vary.

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