KA4028 - Introduction to Environmental and Constructional Design

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What will I learn on this module?

This module seeks to provide you with a fundamental understanding of the principles of environmental and constructional design that are applicable to architecture and interior architecture design studio projects. Such principles may be used to satisfy issues of aesthetics, ergonomics, environmental control, ecology, sustainability, structure, and regulations, all of which influence key design decisions. This module will introduce you to the concept of buildings and interiors as environmental modifiers, enabling you to identify, compare and appraise the variety of methods and technologies employed to satisfy the end-user experience. Through research and analysis of precedents, directed presentations, and building visits, you will develop relevant skills and knowledge of environmental and constructional design. Case studies of completed buildings and interior spaces will be used to contextualise your learning, with a focus on the relevance of your learning in its application to your studio design projects.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be introduced to key principles of environmental performance, structural integrity, constructional alternatives, and material properties that can influence your justified choice of technological solutions in architecture and interior architecture. Your knowledge of these principles will be developed through a variety of presentations, seminars, and other supporting learning opportunities, such as building visits. You will also engage with directed and self-directed research into case-study buildings, particularly their application of environmental and constructional design choices, in support of your professional development as well as the practical application of this learning to your studio design projects throughout your studies. Learning will be evaluated through the application of skills and knowledge to relevant assignments, which will seek to encourage a critical evaluation of technologies applicable to architectural, interior, and environmental design.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

In addition to the weekly presentations, support will include formative feedback from tutors during seminars, tutorials and other informal opportunities. You will be expected to contextualise your learning through the application of this module’s knowledge to your studio design projects. A comprehensive reading list, including books, journal articles, technical literature, videos, and codes and regulations will be made available for you via the electronic learning portal and the e-learning library list. Feedback on formative work may be offered in a variety of forms, including verbal, written and drawn media. Directed learning will allow you to research issues raised in presentations, and independent learning will allow you to investigate themes and ideas in depth. Additionally, the university library will offer you support through its extensive physical and on-line resources, including opportunities for guidance on developing academic study skills, as provided by the Ask4Help facility.

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:

1: You will be able to identify, compare and apply environmental, structural and constructional principles employed in the design of buildings and interior spaces

2: You will be able to describe and evaluate the impact of environmental factors, structural forces and material choices on the design and performance of building enclosures and interior environments

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

1: You will be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge via relevant communications methods related to professional practice

2: You will develop key academic study skills of research and practice in support of successful learning in Higher Education.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

1: You will identify and evaluate principles of environmental sustainability, human well-being, global stewardship, and health and safety with respect to the built and natural environment

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment for learning will provide advice and feedback on work in progress through formal and informal studio-based activities, with the aim of supporting learning and application of knowledge.

Summative assessment will be through the production of annotated design work;

1. Annotated Design Exercise (100%):
KU1, KU2, IPSA 1, IPSA 2, PVA1

Feedback will be offered in verbal, written and drawn form, which will provide advice for further development and a critical appraisal of their work and performance. Moderation of summative assessment will take place at the end of the module.





Module abstract

This module supports your learning of the environmental, structural, and constructional principles that impact upon the design of architecture and interior architecture. As a core component of architectural and interior architecture design, there will be extensive opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge you develop within this module to your studio design projects. Teaching and assessment will also support your transition to higher education, providing opportunities to employ research and communications skills that will enable you to take ownership of your academic journey and your future career path. Formative feedback opportunities will support your summative assignments, which will focus upon the application of these key principles to studio design projects. Simultaneously, studio projects will seek to contextualise this module’s taught content through the justification of design decisions. At the end of this module, you will acquire design-oriented knowledge, expertise in self-directed inquiry, and skills of professional and academic presentation.

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 2021

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