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AR40363: Environment and sustainability

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To create an awareness of the physical environment around buildings, and to demonstrate a range of appropriate measures for modifying this environment, through passive and active, visual and technical means. In addition, to introduce principles of sustainable environmental urban design; and develop an awareness and enthusiasm for building design and construction using natural materials, and current methods and techniques.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit the student will have demonstrated the following:
Understanding of:
* the impact of buildings on the environment, and the precepts of sustainable design
* the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification choices
Have knowledge of:
* principles associated with designing optimum visual, thermal and acoustic environments
* systems for environmental comfort realised within relevant precepts of sustainable design.

Independent research, analysis and communication of information.

The unit will comprise of lectures covering prevalent landscape and ecological attitudes; principles of sustainability in the urban context; environmental design and the impact of building materials; selected natural alternatives and methods; recycled natural products; natural building materials and building regulation requirements.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR40363 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • TEAR-APA29 : Architecture Degree Apprenticeship
  • UEAR-ANM08 : MArch(Hons) Architecture with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 1)


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