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AR50380: Acoustics and fire

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay: Acoustic design exercise (CW 50%)
  • Essay: Fire detailing exercising (CW 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take AR50372
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide an understanding of the principles and methods of façade construction.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the Unit the students must demonstrate an understanding of the analytical methods and practical techniques for the acoustic design of buildings and external noise environment. Students must also demonstrate a full understanding of how to assess the fire performance of façades and their elements.

Ability to analyse and modify the internal acoustic environment. Ability to assess the fire risk its structural implications on façade integrity. This is taught, facilitated and assessed. Oral communication skills facilitated in a multi-disciplinary group environment. Written communication skills assessed.

Room acoustics: introduction to the decibel, sound propogation, sound in rooms, absorption, reverberation time and room acoustic design.
External noise environment.
Noise control: sound insulation by partitions, cavity constructions in masonry, glass and light-weight materials, acoustic properties of building envelopes, practical solutions and current legislation.
Fire performance, installation and operation of: insulated panels, curtain walls, fire-resistant glass and glazing systems and rainscreens.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50380 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • TEAR-AFM14 : MSc Architectural Engineering: Façade Engineering
  • TEAR-APM14 : MSc Architectural Engineering: Façade Engineering
  • TEAR-AFL14 : PG Dip Architectural Engineering: Façade Engineering
  • TEAR-APL14 : PG Dip Architectural Engineering: Façade Engineering

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.