Core Module Information
Module title: Architectural Technology 1

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

Module code: BSV07101
Module leader: Masoud Sajjadian
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying


Description of module content:

This module covers the principles of architectural design as a core skill for Architectural Technology discipline. The module aims to establish the link between creative architectural design and technological requirements.

The module and assessments are structured to cover the principles of designing domestic dwellings. The main areas of study include:

? Geometric form and shape
? Sizes and scales
? Circulation and flow through and around a building
? Rooms and activity spaces
? Environmental influences and considerations - sun path, prevailing winds
? Building materials and aesthetics
? Balancing heat losses and heat gains
? Smart home technologies
? Passive and active design solutions
? Ventilation strategies
? Interpreting and meeting client briefs
? Fundamentals of presenting architectural drawings
? Architectural vocabulary

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: undertake collaborative group work;
LO2: review iconic houses, outlining their design and technology features, form and function;
LO3: understand and explain the principles of energy efficiency and sustainability in building design;
LO4: develop and rationalise design solutions to meet user requirements;
LO5: explain the relationship between the building design and energy demand;
LO6: present, articulate and visualise design work;

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, Trimester 2, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Masoud Sajjadian
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Project-based work in the studio environment forms the teaching and learning process. Formative feedback will be provided on weekly basis and lectures introduce underpinning knowledge and support the learning process. Additional sources will be provided online.

Formative Assessment:
The provision of formative feedback is a key component of the project-based approach underpinning this module. Formative feedback opportunities are built into each session, where students will be encouraged to engage with and reflect upon them. The formative feedback is delivered in-class time in response to students contributions both individually and collectively.

Summative Assessment:
100% Architectural Portfolio
Students will be given a brief to design and present a low-rise building. Students are expected to consider factors and constraints that affect the design, construction and performance of the building. The design needs to respond to client requirements and comply with building regulations. Students are expected to produce a set of architectural drawings that meet industry standards. The required drawings are listed in the module guide. The assessment is on the basis of architectural quality and response to the brief and context, presentation and visualisation of design ideas.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Other 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Face To Face Tutorial 36
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 LO1-LO6 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL: