The aim of this module is for students to be able to develop and effectively use the necessary range of appropriate skills in reading, study, written and oral communication and research required for their future career development.
A basic level of numeracy and mathematical competence is needed for every course at University and this module will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed. You will have weekly lectures as well as team based learning sessions which have been specially designed to help you to overcome any difficulties that you might encounter.
This module is designed to give you some more advanced mathematical skills and tools which are needed in courses with a stronger maths focus such as computer science or engineering. You will have weekly lectures as well as team based learning sessions which have been specially designed to help you to overcome any difficulties that you might encounter.
This module seeks to develop students' knowledge and understanding of pre-construction activities in the context of project development. This will include an introduction to the concepts of design and development of the infrastructure requirements of civil engineering and buildings in the Built environment..
To introduce applications of science of engineering within the mechanical and electronic / electrical sector. To give an applied overview with in the subject using practical based themes, such as "how do you make a headphones amplifier?", "why does a bridge not collapse?", "can I design an LED torch?", " what happens when I stand on a cardboard tube?"
This module introduces the fundamental principles of problem solving. It focuses on practical problems from within the disciplines of Science and Engineering, and the design of potential solutions using flow charts and simple algorithms. The implementation of solutions is performed using suitable IT applications and an introduction to basic data processing using a simple programming language. Indicatively, the practical programs are expected to follow a set number of themes reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
The aim of this module is to develop effective communication skills in a range of media and to use these skills to convey ideas effectively. You will acquire knowledge and techniques by developing the cognitive processes associated with drawing exploration. In the first semester you will explore technical and visual aspects of communication sketches that will help document your drawings whilst introducing you to free hand and geometric drawings In the second semester principles of one point and two point exterior and interior perspectives are introduced along with shades, shadow projections and modelling.
This first comprehensive design module seeks to introduce you to the process of design by requiring you to undertake a proposal to provide a weekend retreat for an individual client. You will use the project as a medium to demonstrate your understanding of the module content, as well as that of the previous and concurrent modules. Your nominated tutor “client” will encourage you to explore all possibilities with the intention producing a solution which not only challenges you to the full but attains the fundamental architectural goals of firmness commodity and delight.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the fundamental principles of design, visual aspects of form, their perception and their architectonic applications. You will address a range of concepts that impact on designs including texture and space whilst also considering 2 and 3 dimensional form.
The aim of this module is to familiarize you with the development of architecture through the ages and explore the work of prominent Architects through history, you will also explore various theories of architecture can help you to enhance your creativity and thinking ability and contribute to you development as a designer.
The module aims to provide an introduction to, and a broad overview of some of the basic elements, concepts, materials and techniques used in building construction. It provides an introduction to architectural detailing, Health & Safety and environmental and sustainability issues related to it.
The aim of this module is to build on the knowledge from level 4 studies and introduce you to advanced building systems & technologies and means of deploying them in buildings. This will investigate the various types of structures available including concrete and steel and the technology behind their use. Additionally the module will introduce the concept of modular construction whilst also reviewing how smart buildings can play a crucial role in today’s built environment.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the history, theory and development of urban design and its systems and processes. You will cover a range of subjects related to urbanism including the history of planning, the social and political issues surrounding planning and financial/economic impact the architecture can have on the wider urban environment.
This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge of a range of construction technologies and implement these into a design project. By using a single project & utilising the BIM process, you will develop understanding of the whole design process including researching the initial problem, developing a brief, analysing the site and developing a complete architectural concept.
The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge of how architecture fits into the genre of urban design. The module will explore the fundamental concepts and processes of urban design, including the urban design process and the role of urban structure
In this module you will explore the environmental considerations and service requirements of buildings, as well as the climatic considerations and treatments in architectural and urban design. This will include reviewing climate type in relation to human comfort and how vernacular architecture impacts design. Additionally the module will investigate analytical methods for assessing climate and environmental considerations using traditional and modern methods.
This contextual module will further expose you to the architectural professional practice-working environment where a broad range of supporting activities, beyond that of design, necessarily take place. In the first instance you will be introduced to the varying types of practice that you might encounter and the module then develops to consider the rigour of the applicable codes of practice for architects and the associated legalities of operating in such an environment. You will also explore methods of procurement and the complexities of contract administration. The expectation is that you will conduct broad based research into specific case studies in order to develop your own strategies for solution.
This penultimate module has been designed to consolidate on the previous design orientated modules by focusing on architectural programming which draws in the involvement, and hence integration, of all interested parties from an early stage of the design process and facilitates data gathering and analysis to support robust decision making. In most cases this module will consider small scale or mixed use neighbourhood projects as the vehicle for delivering the module content.
This module provides you with the opportunity to carry out a significant self-managed design project. The expectation is that through undertaking this module you will be able to place into context your prior learning from across the award. The design submission offers a final opportunity for you to demonstrate architectural design excellence, supporting documentation and mastery of the architectural design process.
This compact design module will introduce you to the many facets of sustainable and zero carbon design and how they may be integrated into new build projects whilst maintaining the quality of your designs. You will also explore the ways in which such technologies may be retro-fitted to the existing building stock without detriment to the quality of fine buildings and where possible improving the quality and aesthetics of the poorer building stock.
The aim of this challenging module is to ensure that you have the opportunity to undertake a significant piece of written academic work, which involves the analysis, and synthesis of a specific specialist topic. The dissertation will be required to engage with construction, art and built environment issues and should lead to the development of novel concepts, which have the potential to inform robust architectural solutions. You will be encouraged to undertake the task with a perspective conducive to examining a significantly broad cultural mix and you will be required to demonstrate an advanced level of independent critical enquiry.