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AR50473: Structural conservation

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Credits: 10 [equivalent to 20 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 200
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Report (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 50)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Synopsis: Develop your knowledge and understanding of the history and theory of structures, construction and structural engineering in conservation practice. These will include assessment and diagnosis of structural failure and repair, challenges & techniques.

Learning Outcomes: Critical awareness and the ability to identify and assess the historical and architectural significance and character of historic structures and cultural heritage.

Ability to identify failure and defects in the fabric of the building, diagnose their causes, and recommend appropriate remedial works.

Identify and diagnose intrinsic and extrinsic causes and formulate a basis for appropriate responses or action and present findings to a standard consistent with professional requirements.

Prioritise sustainable solutions in a conservation context and critically evaluate arguments, policies, assumptions and data to achieve or identify a range of solutions to problems.

Content: Structural conservation in practice

Structural damage and diagnosis

Conservation philosophy and repair techniques and technology

Historic structures, the building regulations and fire safety

Geospatial technologies and building information modelling (BIM) for heritage

Environment and services, challenges of sustainability in historic buildings

Programme availability:

AR50473 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering


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