Core Module Information
Module title: Architectural Design & Technology

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

Module code: BSV11158
Module leader: Mina Jowkar
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

1: Architectural Design
Design project undertaken in teams, interdisciplinary or individually (TBC year-on-year) based on a client's design brief with emphasis on architectural design, aesthetics and developing a robust concept. Output: conceptual design.
2: Architectural Technology
Modern methods of construction (MMC) technology and their application to the design devised above. Examples topics can include (non-exhaustive): MMC typologies, manufacturing, logistics and construction processes. Output: spatially coordinated design with details showing MMC application.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Evaluate MMC buildings, structures or systems and critically appraise their architectural design & technology
LO2: Critically reflect on the relationship between structural form and architectural form and how design is influenced by the user experience, client’s requirements and technology
LO3: Demonstrate the transferable skills and architectural knowledge developed during this module
LO4: Critically explore the role of various design strategies in creating sustainable 'healthy' architecture
LO5: Produce and deliver effective digital presentations

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, 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: Mina Jowkar
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is primarily taught through lectures, workshops and studios with emphasis on employability soft skills and knowledge development and is fully supported on Moodle the Virtual Learning Environment (LO 3). Students are encouraged to work collaboratively using design thinking and problem-based learning teaching methods. (LOs 2, 4 & 5) . This module has strong links to research carried out in the School and is directly embedded in the module (LO 1).

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is a key component if the LTA approach underpinning this module. It is delivered in several ways: The design project provides the opportunity for students to develop their design skills and problem solving techniques by coming with creative solutions to current built environment challenges. This is formatively assessed using mocks of the final assessments to ensure the students have creative bravery at the start of the project, and can learn by practice how to approach the formative assessments. Throughout the module there are also feedback opportunities built into each tutorial where students will be encouraged to engage with and reflect upon the module themes via a series of different learning tasks. This provides opportunities for the module tutor to help with your understanding and interpretation of module topics.

Summative Assessment:
It is assessed through three components based on a design project and its technical solutions: a portfolio, a presentation and a reflection. The summative assessment takes the conceptual design forward with application of MMC technologies and the production of a portfolio. There is an opportunity for digital models produced as part of this module to have a dual purpose, as the students can then utilise their model to analyse their building’s environmental performance in BSV11153 Building Energy Performance (TBC year-on-year).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 9
Face To Face Supervised time in studio/workshop 33
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 70 1, 2, 4 14/15 , WORDS= 1000
Oral Presentation 10 5 13 HOURS= 00.50
Reflective Log 20 3 14/15 HOURS= 00.25, WORDS= 500
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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