Module title: Sustainable Building Design

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV11114
Module leader: Celine Garnier
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Celine Garnier
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The aim is to advance the learner’s knowledge, comprehension and problem solving abilities using a combination of lectures and tutorials. Use is made of practitioners from outside agencies, together with research and consultancy input, to ensure that the learning experience is based on current real-life Sustainable Design issues.

Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Lectures provide the stimulation and knowledge of the key factors that must be considered when developing an environmentally sustainable design solution (LOs:1,2,3,4). Case studies will be used to illustrate these issues in real design situations (LOs:3,4,5).

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills;
Leading construction sector professions have identified sustainability as a key challenge for the industry. A number have introduced a need for sustainability to be tested out in their assessments of professional competence.

Research/teaching linkages:
A substantial amount of research material generated by the Building Performance Centre, Centre for Timber Engineering and the Scottish Energy Centre is embedded in the teaching material of this module.

Assessment:
The module is assessed by two courseworks. Coursework 1 will provide the student with the opportunity to describe and critically assess the feasibility and practicality of sustainable designs. It addresses formative learning and assimilates the summative elements of LO1, 2 & 3. Coursework 2 addresses formative learning and assimilates the summative elements of LO3, 4 & 5 in a practical client focussed project which is based on real life sustainable design problems. This assessment scheme is used to develop research and evaluation techniques and to provide formative feedback. The module will also be available on a Virtual Learning Environment.

Internationalisation
Where appropriate, international examples of sustainable development are used where they demonstrate good practice.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 76
Independent Learning Guided independent study 76
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 25 1-4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Oral Presentation 15 1-4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Other 10 1-4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1 A4 PAGE
Essay 50 3-5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Environmental Sustainability:
Energy and Environmental issues; the global and local imperatives;
Renewable technologies;
Sustainable Design Strategies:
Brownfield Site Redevelopment;
Materials and waste strategies;
Low carbon building designs;
Environmental assessment;
Implementation & Performance Targets:
(building regulations, LCA, performance rating systems)


Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: outline the principles of environmentally sustainable design.
LO2: discuss the underlying social and cultural issues faced by designers within the global context
LO3: Identify the key issues to be addressed when developing a building or site
LO4: Evaluate sustainable design solutions
LO5: Apply sustainable design techniques

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Sustainable Building Design