Module title: Building Design & Technology 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV07100
Module leader: Jon Stinson
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying


2019/0, 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: Jon Stinson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LO's
The module is structured into elements which align with the linear sequence of domestic construction, and a domestic building in use. The module starts by simulating the start of a house construction, then progresses by presenting and discussing the design and technology of the building as it evolves from foundation to roof, then to internal finishes and services. The module finishes after demonstrating the effects of deterioration, retrofitting and regenerating buildings through their operational life.

The module employs the use of computer generated models and animations to support LO1 and LO2. Through the use of interactive face-to-face lectures the module uses quizzes to embed LO3. Short written report style assessments are used to support LO4 and LO5 and embed the principles of building physics and construction mathematics.

Formative Assessment:
The provision of formative feedback is a key component of the LTA approach underpinning this module. Formative feedback opportunities are built into each practical session where the student will be encouraged to engage with and reflect upon module's themes via a series of different learning tasks. These tasks provide opportunities for the module tutor to assist students with understanding and interpretation of a module's learning outcomes.

Formative feedback is delivered in class time in response to student contributions both individually and collectively. Formative feedback arises via the discussion and analysis of tutorial questions, practical examples/cases and associated reflection on a range of learning tasks. In addition, a formal formative feedback session is timetabled to allow students to present drafts of their submissions for comment before final submission is made.

Summative Assessment:
Two assessment elements are presented at strategic points within the trimester, each of these contribute to one component within the module. This affords the students the flexibility to explore and develop new concepts in building design and technology for each element.

Element 1: Design Technology
This assessment is in 2 parts, and this is undertaken as an individual exercise. And delivers LO 1, 2 and 3.

Part 1: Foundation, ground, wall system - The students must identify the building materials necessary to construct the system; graphically assemble these materials to arrange components to interact; then demonstrate that the technology used + component created meets the structural and occupant requirements, i.e. wind and water tight + ventilated and thermally efficient.

Part 2: Window, wall, eaves, roof system – as above.

The students are encouraged, plus the facility exists, to engage with BIM level 1 software to undertake and complete these assessments. Equally, and to align with the variety of incoming skills and competencies the assessment can be achieved in a more traditional off-line paper method.

For both assessments the students works to:
- assign labels and annotations to the provided, incomplete, technical drawings of the 2 systems
- hatch the materials within each system systems
- identify the embedded flaws within the system that would result in the system failing
- critically discuss the flaws, infer what the flaw means for the structure and the occupants
- explain proposed solutions to correct the flaws

Six different building technologies are used to create the 2 systems. This enhances diversity and promotes interactive conversation between the students. Rich, formative feedback is provided that allows for all of the module’s students to learn about the different systems.

Element 2: Sustainable design and technology
This is a culmination of all the delivered material on the topic of energy efficiency, sustainability and low carbon design. This takes the form of a written, technical report and delivers LO4 and LO5. This report is rationalised to stimulate the variety of disciplines within the module.

The report focuses on designing and retrofitting energy efficient solutions for a domestic dwelling that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs; renewable and emerging domestic technologies; and building performance. The report requires the students to consider building design technology that accounts for social, economic and environmental factors; the potential for long-term maintenance of human wellbeing and sustainable communities in and around buildings; the preservation of the natural environment and the responsible use of natural resources, without adversely affecting the ecological balance of the area where these resources originate or are processed; and the ability for the built environment to be maintained and expand.
● Students will consider the following at individual dwelling level:
● Thermal performance of the building’s fabric and its effect on the building’s carbon dioxide emissions.
● Energy mix, local and micro generation to meet demand for space and water heating.
● Efficiency in water use, potable and grey.
● Optimising the usability of homes, supporting energy efficient behaviour change in the occupants.
● Future proofing, designing flexibility and adaptability into the homes layout.
● Occupant wellbeing for natural light and acoustics.
● Material use, waste during the construction process, and designing for deconstruction.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 25
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 155
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Technical Drawing 20 1, 2, 3 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 20 1,2,3 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 60 4, 5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module introduces the structural, performance and aesthetic characteristics of building materials typically used within a domestic structure.

The module employs a mix of regulatory text, graphical visualisation and technical drawings to demonstrate:
? where materials appear within the building,
? why these elements are designed to go together,
? construction procedures and sequence of events to combine these elements into a technology,
? how the component performs during its operational life,
? The module profiles the building’s design to contextualise the material and services technology for measurement, assessment and evaluation for the building’s design, operation and sale.

The module embeds the basic principles of energy efficiency, sustainability and ecology sensitivity throughout.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: To identify elements and components within domestic construction systems
LO2: Demonstrate an understanding of technical drawings of detailed cross section.
LO3: Describe the behaviour of building elements and components.
LO4: Demonstrate an understanding of how the natural and artificial environments affect the performance characteristics of building elements and components.
LO5: apply the appropriate construction legislation to the design of a building Element.

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