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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Michael Richards checkmark-circle


This module introduces the student to the 'design project' and how to interpret and analyse a brief. The project will investigate spatial concepts, and will examine various types of spatial enclose, scale and function.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 43
Private Study Hours: 107
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Design Project (100%)

Reassessment methods

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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Ching, Francis. (1999). Form Space and Order. London: Wiley
Farrelly, Lorraine. (2007). The Fundamentals of Architecture. Lausanne: AVA
Khan, Lloyd (ed.). (2000). Shelter. Shelter publications
Unwin, Simon. (2004). Analysing Architecture. Abingdon: Routledge

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 A foundational knowledge of the relationship between buildings and people and the needs and aspirations of building users
2 A foundational knowledge of the impact of buildings on the environment
3 An awareness of the potential of design

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 An ability to generate modest proposals using understanding of a body of knowledge
2 An ability to apply a modest range of communication methods and media to present design proposals clearly and effectively
3 An awareness of the need to take the initiative in work at university
4 The ability to organise time effectively


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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