Module Details

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Code ARCH302
Coordinator Mr D Devereau
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 6 FHEQ Whole Session 30


To develop the necessary skills to design small or medium scale buildings taking into consideration a wide range of architectural, urban, socio-cultural, economic and political issues that are inherently connected with architectural practices.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate an ability to design buildings taking into consideration all its aspects: structure, materials, function, interior and exterior space as well as all *urban issues that concern the building. Represent ideas appropriately using the most effective media to convey a clear message.*urban meaning urban/suburban pertaining to location.

(LO2) Demonstrate an ability to understand theoretical issues in order to develop an individual critical posture in relation to the design project.

(LO3) Demonstrate an ability to identify research sources and methods that are appropriate for the development of the project.

(LO4) Demonstrate an awareness of environmental, sustainability, health & safety and disability issues that are central to contemporary architectural agendas.

(LO5) Demonstrate effective representation of ideas using the most effective media to convey a clear message.

(LO6) Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between people and buildings and their environment.

(LO7) Demonstrate an understanding of architectural tectonics.

(LO8) Demonstrate the application of an architectural agenda and design approach which has been driven/informed by research findings.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S3) Information skills - Critical reading

(S4) Research skills - All Information skills

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

(S6) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative and sensitivity



Students are requested to design small and medium scale buildings that respond to specific urban and socio-cultural conditions. The projects should focus on the relation between the user and the building and on the tectonic qualities of the building, comprehensively resolving all issues associated with location and environment, materiality, function and structure.  A full syllabus/timetable and briefing documents are issued to students and must be read in conjunction with this document.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Module to be completed with hybrid learning using a combination of asynchronous and synchronous learning:
On-line lectures
Studio design attendance in 25 Abercromby Square and Gordon Stevenson buildings once a week only
Group sessions, reviews and sign up tutorials using On-line platforms
Site visits to be self-guided or conducted by desktop research

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: On-line
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided
Notes: Lectures, presentations, introductory talks

Teaching method 2 –Seminars and workshops
Description: online or face to face as necessary
Attendance recorded: Not yet decided
Notes: to be conducted in tutorial groups to limit group size

Teaching Method 3 - Tutorial
Description: A hybrid mix of on-line and face to face each week
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided
Notes: One tutorial a week with an optional sign up tutorial and student online drop-in. Regular on-l ine reviews at strategic times in projects
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours (time spent away from the timetabled sessions but directed by the teaching staff): 56

Teaching Method 4 - Field Work
Description: Building and Site visits
Attendance Recorded: Not yet decided
Notes: Self directed by students to limit inter personal contact and formation of groups. Students can investigate site using desktop studies and remote research if they cannot or do not wish to visit in person

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 10




Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 143


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Portfolio submission of small to medium scale building design.    90       
Portfolio submission alongside ARCH352. Diploma piece demonstrating addition skills gained since the 90% coursework submission.    10       

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