Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Ronald Yee checkmark-circle


This module will run in parallel with Module ARCH5580 Architectural Design and focuses on the various technological and environmental aspects associated with the comprehensive design project. The module explores contemporary construction techniques and structural systems together with environmental strategies and current Building Regulation requirements.
Delivery will be via a series of weekly lecture followed up by practical seminar sessions where students will be encouraged to critically appraise their technical and environmental design approach with regards to aesthetic, performance and sustainability.
Demonstration of understand will be assessed via the production of a building report that illustrates their T&E response to the technical site analysis; adoption of an appropriate structural system and its construction; appropriate specification of construction materials; and conformity of their design proposal to the Building Regulations with regards to accessibility (Part M), fire safety (Part B) and environmental matters (Part L).


Contact hours

Private Study: 135 hours
Contact Hours: 15 hours
Total: 150 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Illustrated design report 100%

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

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

1. The ability to understand the constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements that apply to the design and construction of a comprehensive design project. [GC1.2]
2. Understanding of the impact of buildings on the environment, and the precepts of sustainable design [GC5.2]
3. An understanding of the need to critically review precedents relevant to the function, organisation and technological strategy of design proposals. [GC7.1]
4. An understanding of the investigation, critical appraisal and selection of alternative structural, constructional and material systems relevant to architectural design. [GC8.1]
5. An understanding of strategies for building construction, and ability to integrate knowledge of structural principles and construction techniques. [GC8.2]
6. An understanding of the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification choices. [GC8.3]
7. A knowledge of principles associated with designing optimum visual, thermal and acoustic environments. [GC9.1]
8. Knowledge of systems for environmental comfort realised within relevant precepts of sustainable design. [GC9.2]
9. Knowledge of strategies for building services, and ability to integrate these in a design project. [GC9.3]
10. Skills to prepare designs that will meet building users' requirements and comply with UK legislation, appropriate performance standards and health and safety requirements. [GC10.3]

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

1. An ability to generate design proposals using understanding of a body of knowledge, some at the current boundaries of professional practice and the academic discipline of architecture. [GA1.1]
2. An ability to apply a range of communication methods and media to present design proposals clearly and effectively. [GA1.2]


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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