Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Sustainable Construction 1

Course summary

Course code: BUIL1180
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Built Environment
Course Coordinator(s): Christine Gausden

Specification

Pre and co requisites

UCAS Points.

Aims

• provide an introduction to the delivery of sustainable built environments
• provide an introduction to domestic and simple commercial construction including construction technology, building physics, building services, and materials
• develop an appreciation of the relationship between the external fabric and the internal environment

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Consider the impact of construction methods particular to a sustainable environment.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of domestic and simple non-domestic building construction and services.

3. Appreciate reasoned suggestions for the use of appropriate construction and services solutions and best practise.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of energy saving measures and appropriate solutions for given scenarios and building.

Indicative content

Semester 1 will focus upon domestic construction methods:
Sustainable buildings
Simple structures - foundations, external walls, floors and roofs, windows and doors
Domestic construction detailing
Prefabrication and construction systems
Materials science
Climate and buildings
Semester 2 will focus upon domestic building services:
Comfort and the internal environment
Building fabric
Water supply and drainage, electricity supply and safety, daylight, moisture and ventilation, acoustics
Heating systems
Energy saving technologies

Teaching and learning activity

This course will be taught by a combination of lectures and tutorials, lectures will be formally scheduled to enable progressive learning, the application of theory and practise within a simple scenario.

Complementary tutorials will provide students with the opportunity to test their understanding of each subject area; formative feedback will be provided throughout tutorials.

Tutorials will be student led and intended to promote further discussion of theories applicable to current learning, concurrent the personnel development of critical and analytical skills in plenary; there will be the continual reference to and enhancement of employability skills.
Live examples of construction project scenarios will be fully utilised to enable students to contextualise and apply principles learnt.

An interface with best practice will be provided throughout the course by virtue of current practitioners selected by virtue of their expertise within a particular subject area; practitioners will act as role models and provide informal advice with reference to career options and progression.

A series of site visits will be provided as complementary to learning.

Assessment

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment:Practical Team Task Bridge Building.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these):1,2,3,4.
Grading Mode:Judging Panel
Weighting % 15%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length: n/a
Outline Details:A practical team task comprising the design & construction of an engineering structure in balsa, loaded & tested to failure, together with the formal presentation of the rationale, the division of tasks & roles undertaken, & the properties of a designated material type.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:In class team building tasks.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment:Drawing Test Construction Details.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these):1,2,3,4.
Grading Mode: Tutor/Moderator.
Weighting % 35%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length: n/a
Outline Details: The provision of domestic construction details by drawings to illustrate the understanding of current best practice of drawn data, structural principles, material types, & sustainability.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:Written reflective tasks. Practical drawing tasks.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Examination Building Services
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these):1,2,3,4.
Grading Mode: Tutor/Moderator
Weighting % 50%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length: n/a
Outline Details:A two hour exam testing the understanding of current best practice of domestic building services, human comfort, material types & sustainability
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:Theoretical learning applied to practical scenarios within tutorials. Mock Exam,