Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 30 (15) Ambrose Gillick checkmark-circle


This module involves a consideration of design at an urban scale and is taught through a Unit system with individual Unit briefs interpreting this specification. Each Unit brief will offer the opportunity to analyse and critically appraise new hypotheses through the speculation of complex design proposals, and consider context in terms of history, policy, legislation, environment, economics and community. Unit briefs for this module may develop themes in parallel with Design 5a, with which it is co-taught in Units, and may continue these themes into the following term's design module(s).


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 45 hours
Private study hours: 255 hours
Total study hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Design Project (100%)

Reassessment methods
Like for like

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Bourquin, Nicolas (ed.). (2008). Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design. Gestalten
Crawford, Matthew. (2010). The Case for Working with Your Hands: or Why Office Work is Bad for Us and Fixing Things Feels Good. Viking
Hale, Jonathan. (2000). Building Ideas: an Introduction to Architectural Theory. Wiley
Jencks, Charles (ed.). (2005). Theories and Manifestoes of Contemporary Architecture. John Wiley & Sons
Lim, C.J. (2006). Devices: A Manual of Architectural and Spatial Machines. Architectural Press
Marcus, George. (2005). Masters of Modernism: A Critical Assessment. Monaccelli
Sennett, Richard. (2009). The Craftsman. Penguin
Sheil, Bob (ed.). (2005). Design through Making. John Wiley & Sons

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 An ability to prepare and present building design projects of diverse scale, complexity, and type in a variety of contexts, using a range of media, and in response to a
2 Knowledge of theories of urban design and the planning of communities.
3 Knowledge of the influence of the design and development of cities, past and present on the contemporary built environment.
4 Knowledge of current planning policy and development control legislation, including social, environmental and economic aspects, and the relevance of these to design
5 Understanding of the needs and aspirations of building users.
6 Understanding of the impact of buildings on the environment, and the precepts of sustainable design.
7 Understanding of the way in which buildings fit into their local context
8 Understanding of the potential impact of buildings on existing and proposed communities
9 An ability to generate complex design proposals showing understanding of current architectural issues, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where
appropriate, to test new hypotheses and speculations.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:
1 An ability to evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain design proposals.
2 Problem solving skills, professional judgment, and ability to take the initiative and make appropriate decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances.
3 An ability to apply project related in-depth research and analysis to the ideas, development and quality of the design project.
4 An ability to communicate effectively and well, using a range of communication skills


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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