Core Module Information
Module title: Design and Building Standards 1

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV08412
Module leader: Behrang Vand Alimohammadisagvand
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

This module introduces the technical specifications and sound insulation performance requirements of building material systems for domestic and non-domestic constructions.

The module employs a mix of regulatory text, graphical visualisation, technical drawings and site inspection evidence to demonstrate:
• where specifications and materials appear within the building construction,
• why these elements are designed and constructed in this way to the relevant regulatory and technical standards,
• construction procedures and sequence of events to combine these elements into a technology,
• how the components and systems perform in relation sound insulation criteria for domestic and non-domestic constructions.

The module profiles the building’s design and specification to contextualise internal, separating and party constructions. Methods of acoustic assessment and measurement procedures are also included and type of test equipment involved. The module also embeds the basic principles of acoustic transmission, direct, indirect, resonant and critical frequencies and the technical compatibility factors with other building regulations for design, construction and performance.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

LO1: To identify key sound insulation performance criteria aligned with various regulatory and technical standards
LO2: Demonstrate an understanding of technical drawings and specifications for achieving sound insulation performance
LO3: Describe the key issues of design and construction and workmanship factors which may affect sound insulation performance
LO4: Demonstrate an understanding of specifications and factors for new build housing, education buildings, healthcare buildings and conversions and change of use

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Behrang Vand Alimohammadisagvand
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The face-to-face teaching and group-based learning delivered in this core Week also includes technical discusisons, group work and tutorials.

The module teaches the key acoustic and sound insulation elemental components of building design and technology as they align with sequence of domestic construction, and a non- domestic building in use.

The module starts by covering the key types of sound transmission, direct, indirect, flanking, airborne and impact sound transmission. The technical and regulatory performance criteria and requirements are then presented with understanding of the variations under ISO 717 which may be permitted. The module then builds up key acoustic and technical aspects from simple to complex buildings involving timber, steel and masonry and concrete construction.

The module is completed with technical design and construction aspects to be considered for conversions and change of use. These can be the most complex and sustainable acoustic specifications and construction are explained.

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 acoustic testing equipment, example testing and performance analysis and visual and graphical information regarding on site build and workmanship factors.

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.

The tutorials provide examples and group problem solving sessions to identify technical and build issues which would affect sound insulation performance.

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 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.

Summative Assessment:
Part 1 - Groupwork Task – Analysis of Acoustic Test Report

To assess the knowledge and understanding of the key fundamentals of building acoustic test reports which architectural technologists have to use for submission to building standards, each group is provided with a completed test report.

The group work then involves taking each stage of the report to identify key errors in specification, criteria, performance and outcomes.

The group is then required to provide a remedial specification or alternative route to attain the technical and regulatory performance levels.

This provides an opportunity for reflective review and analysis based on the preceding week’s lectures.

This aligns with LO1 and LO2

Part 2 – Technical Report

Each student will be required to develop a maximum 10 page technical report outlining a live building they are involved with through their employer. It could also include a previous recent building. Drawings, sketches, tables and references can be within the 10 page max limit.

The report would align the target regulatory requirements, the required acoustic specification for the architectural technology, any aspects which cause a clash with other technical standards.

This provides an opportunity to demonstrate external reading and application of knowledge into a live ‘real’ building.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
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 1 HOURS= 00:20
Project - Written 70 3,4 12 , WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

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