KA5009 - Technology and Environmental Applications

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What will I learn on this module?

Within this module, you will advance your knowledge and understanding of structural, constructional, environmental and finishes technologies related to the structure, envelope and detailing of medium scale buildings. The thematic lecture programme will introduce and explain key technologies, typologies and principles. A supporting series of seminars will provide you with the opportunities to directly apply this knowledge to studio based project work. Your communications and research skills will be advanced in order to successfully articulate and argue for the technological and environmental choices you will make in the design of studio projects. You will be encouraged in individual and group work to carry out independent learning to reinforce core concepts of technological and environmental design, and to develop a personal knowledge base applicable to academic and professional practice. In particular, you will develop an appreciation of:

- Structural principles
- Passive environmental design
- Building regulations
- Daylighting of spaces
- Building envelopes

How will I learn on this module?

The lecture programme will introduce you to key principles, precedents and case studies of technological and environmental design in architecture. You will be expected to critically evaluate this material in order to pursue self-directed thematic enquiry supporting the development of your personal knowledge base. This thematic enquiry will form the basis for seminar sessions during which you will actively participate in discussing and applying this knowledge to studio based project work and module assignments. You will be expected to develop the relevant communication skills to express your chosen structural and technological solutions. Where applicable, lecture content shall be aligned to support studio based design projects

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your learning will be supported by a comprehensive reading list and all lecture content and ancillary material will be made available on the eLearning Portal (eLP), allowing constant access to these learning materials. Seminars will offer a supportive learning environment in which you can discuss approaches to contextualise and apply technological and environmental principles to your own studio projects. Feedback through seminars and studio discussions will provide guidance for further development of your learning and critical appraisal of your application of the module content. Case studies and various illustrative material / media will provide examples of relevant technologies, supported by a series of lectures from external speakers and construction industry specialists. The University Library will provide you with recommended texts for this module, as well as comprehensive academic skills support through the Ask4Help online service.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

KU 1. Develop knowledge of the principles of building technologies, structure, environmental design and construction methods, in relation to human well-being and a sustainable environment

KU 2. Demonstrate an advancing appreciation of the properties and meanings of materials and their use, the process of assembly and the regulatory frameworks, and health & safety considerations that guide design and building construction

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

IPSA 1. Appraise, evaluate and justify the choice of technological and environmental decisions in response to design project requirements

IPSA 2. Apply the conventions of architectural representations in the communication of technological and environmental solutions

Personal Values Attributes

PVA 1. Develop an appreciation of the profession’s regulatory frameworks, the needs and aspirations of clients or users, the roles of those who collaborate in the making process, and the impact of the design upon the wider community.

PVA 2. Manage, appraise and develop a reflective approach to academic skills to support learning

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place within seminars where verbal feedback will be provided on student work in progress.

Summative assessment will take the form of a precedent study and a 2000 word illustrated technical report.

1. Precedent Study (40%) KU1, KU2, PVA1, PVA2
2. 2000 word illustrated technical report (60%) KU1, KU2, IPSA1, IPSA2, PVA1, PVA2

Feedback will provide guidance towards the analysis and application of knowledge and principles provided by the lecture and seminar programme. Written summative feedback will be provided after the submission of the technical report.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This taught module aims to develop your understanding of structural, constructional, environmental and finishes technologies related to the structure, envelope and detailing of medium scale buildings. You will be expected to demonstrate your engagement with this module through the development of a technical report which will evidence your considered choice of solutions pertaining to your studio design project. You will analyse precedents and research potential solutions in order to apply key technological and environmental strategies to your design projects. You will also employ relevant professional communication skills and conventions to express your proposed solutions to a wide audience. Lecture content shall be aligned to studio based design projects and shall be supported by seminars at which you will be encouraged to apply this knowledge to your individual studio work and assignments.

Course info

UCAS Code W251

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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