Core Module Information
Module title: Architectural Technology 1

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

Module code: BSV07408
Module leader: Masoud Sajjadian
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment

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

Description of module content:

This module lays down the founding principles of Architectural Technology. Specifically for domestic building design and construction. The module carries forward the learning outcomes of Building Design and Technology 1, Building Modelling 1 and Architectural Detailing. This is augmented with the introduction of architectural strategies and the application of technology to enable you to design a low carbon / energy efficient home.

the module contains group work; thought experiments; studio based design work; application of Scottish Building Standards (SBS); evaluation and application of low and zero carbon generating technologies; computational evaluation of sustainability and the development of soft skills - verbal and graphical communication of complex ideas, conflict resolution and negotiations.

the module’s content:
? design strategies - size, shape and form
? proximity of spaces (analysis)
? human comfort - heat, ventilation and cooling
? hygrothermal behaviour of materials
? balancing energy demand with energy generation
? parts of Section 3 SBS - environment
? parts of Section 4 SBS - safety
? parts of Section 6 SBS - energy
? parts of Section 7 SBS - sustainability

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: relate the founding principles of sustainability to building design
LO2: apply the fundamentals of activity space, safety and access relating to domestic building design
LO3: outline construction methods and supply chain to achieve domestic building designs
LO4: describe design strategies to reduce energy demand and carbon emissions in domestic buildings
LO5: demonstrate development of soft skills through presentation of architectural concepts and application of technology

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, Trimester 3, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Masoud Sajjadian
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This shall comprise a lecture/seminar of up to 2 hours with a linked 1-hour tutorial/seminar period and group-based learning, held twice per day over a consecutive five day period. The face-to-face teaching and group-based learning delivered in 1 week shall be supported by guided independent study when back in the office and completing the assessments set for the module (10 weeks).

A variety of absorptive teaching methods - including face-to-face, group work and guided independent study, enhance the experience and generate an immersive environment. The module employs the use of computer generated models and animations to support LO1. The module also uses tutorials, formative feedback and group work to embed LO 2, 3 and 4. The face-to-face part of the module ends with a presentation of your design work - LO5.

The module teaches the elemental components of architectural technology as they align with the 3 channels of domestic building design. The module presents you with an existing domestic design, you must identify the flaws and propose a more sustainable and safe redesign (LO1 and LO2). You must identify and relate the most appropriate method of construction to deliver the design (LO3). In parallel, you must outline and predict the energy efficiency and sustainability characteristics of your design (LO4). All of this is present at the end of the taught week (LO5).

teaching and learning methods are applied to underpin your:
● development of critical, analytical, and problem-based learning skills and broad transferable skills to prepare for level 8- yr 2;
● development of written, verbal and graphical presentation skills suitable for a range of information and audiences;
● competency in working both as an individual and as part of a team to develop and deliver solutions within construction and the built environment;
● Knowledge and understanding of design and technology of Construction and the Built Environment;
● understanding as to why it is necessary to maintain a commitment to a high level of professional standards and ethical conduct, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the wider environment
● application of negotiation, effective work habits, leadership, and good communication with stakeholders;
● knowledge of scientific principles and practice relevant to architectural technology
● competency in project and delivery management including the core and subject-specific knowledge necessary to begin practice as a professional;
● competency in using computer based software to model, communicate and solve design problems in a variety of contexts;
● competency in learning about new methods, and technologies as they emerge and appreciate the necessity of such continuing professional development;
● confidence in working both as an individual and as part of a team to analyse and solve technical design problems

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 you will be encouraged to engage with and reflect upon module themes via a series of different learning tasks. These provide opportunities for the module tutor to help with your understanding and interpretation of module topics. This formative feedback is delivered in class time in response to your 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.

Formative assessments shall cover sketches, concept/mind maps, idea storming, storyboarding, problem definitions and the mapping of solution corridors.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessments shall include problem-solving competencies, such as, calculations, technical specifications, and reports.

There is one component of assessment in two parts.

Part 1: Groupwork tasks - on campus
This assessment is in 2 elements, and this is undertaken as a group exercise to promote collaboration and enhance soft skills.

Element 1: redesign of a domestic building, with a focus on activity spaces, circulation, adaptability, energy efficiency and sustainability. With compliances to parts Scottish building standards section 3, 4, 6 and 7 (environment, safety, energy and sustainability)
Element 2: presentation of architectural designs
This meets LO 1, 2, 4 and 5

Part 2 Report - off campus
This is a culmination of all of the delivered material and formative tasks experienced by the student during the module. This takes the form of a written, technical report and delivers LO 1, 3, 4 and 5.

The methods of construction report is an individual exercise, and compromises these elements
● suppliers of the method of construction;
● suppliers of external (cladding) materials;
● suppliers of energy systems;
● logistics to site
● 2 construction details
● U-value results for wall, floor and roof
● condensation risk results for wall, floor, roof

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 16
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 11
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 7
Independent Learning Guided independent study 166
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 1,2,4,5 1 HOURS= 1
Project - Written 70 1,2,3,5 7 , WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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