Architectural Technology BSc (Hons) module details


Year one (Level 4)

Architectural Communication 1
This module deals with the visualisation and communication skills which involve digital and non-digital means of cognition, manipulation and construction representation. This module deals with a wide range of 2D and 3D drawing and modelling techniques and presents a wide platform of architectural and construction drawing techniques. The focus is on technical expression and representation by experiencing a range of techniques to be built upon in future building design studios. Alongside the practical application and understanding of techniques is covered, encouraging an interest in a varied range of technical conventions.

This module aims to develop in students the ability to problem solve to realise the design into built form through the generation of detailed design solutions that respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations. Students in this module develop technical drawing skills related to the technology of architecture to stablish the fundamental link between design and technology though the utilisation of conventional orthographic and technical drawing methods and computer-aided design. This module offers skills levelling, ensuring that all base students have the required understanding and skills to progress through the course. 

Building Performance and Technology 1
This module explores Architecture and its place in the built environment with regard to technology and the environment. Studies shall involve the awareness of technological theories that inform the practice of Architectural technology as well as the knowledge of science of materials and structural components. The material qualities of weight, colour, surface, reflectivity, luminosity, transparency, opacity, translucency, resonance and solidity are explored alongside their mechanical, material and structural capabilities and properties. Principles in the consideration of material employment, such as measure, proportion, sustainability and other factors, are explored.

The module shall introduce a range of concepts and intuitive levels of understanding in building science. Basic structural principles are to be introduced as well as various strategies for dealing with static and dynamic forces in buildings. Passive solar design techniques, environmental performance, and thermal comfort shall be studied, and basic examinations of acoustics and lighting are to be covered. Short, intensive projects will be undertaken in coordination with other design, humanities and/or representation- based modules.

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
This module in the representation sequence places emphasis upon digitally derived visualisation and graphic design using a variety of software platforms in order to provide students with a skill set that will enable them to confidently utilise a variety of software packages to achieve a set goal. Some of these skills involve computer rendering and animation, manipulation of images, diagramming, and project graphic layouts. Rendering of materials, mapping, lighting & environments shall be taught.

The module places emphasis upon parametric computing techniques, building upon studies in Rhinoceros. Further use of Rhino/Grasshopper, as a parametric tool will be developed. Further to this, Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be taught as a design and documentation tools, as well as for its capability as a parametric tool. In this module, students are encouraged to use a variety of software packages to produce high quality outputs efficiently and effectively. Students are also encouraged to develop individual skills through a series of lecture lead tasks as well as supplementary self-directed learning.

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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