University of Bath

Architectural Engineering: Environmental Design MSc units

Details of the units you'll study on this master's course, starting September 2020, including synopsis, number of credits and learning outcomes.

Professional and research skills for the construction industry

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Learn the essential knowledge and train in a range of professional skills and research techniques for the construction sector.

Learning outcomes

  • Show that you have the knowledge, thinking and skills to work well in professional teams in the construction sector
  • Devise and investigate a theoretical or practical research question relevant to your studies
  • Present your solution to the research question, showing your ability to critically interpret the results

Project and construction management

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Develop the project and construction management understanding needed to work effectively on multidisciplinary construction projects.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the complexities and uncertainties of managing projects in the construction industry
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders at different levels
  • Learn to work within the constraints imposed on construction projects
  • Understand why there might not be a single solution that meets all desired outcomes

Environmental performance of materials and buildings

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

You'll explore how the the different elements of a building work independently and together, focusing on energy flow, occupants environmental impact and low-carbon building performance. You'll also develop an understanding of construction material choices.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand energy flows into and out of building envelopes, including conduction, thermal bridging and through controlled air exchange
  • Critically evaluate the effect of material choices and building elements on thermal performance, occupant comfort. This includes the effect of humidity and VOC emissions from construction materials and building fabric
  • Critically and systematically evaluate and compare the performance of a range of materials, products and systems
  • Be able to select, design and specify sustainable construction materials creatively and with confidence

Building integrated environmental systems

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Learn how to integrate technological systems into building design to improve environmental performance in a holistic manner. This includes shading devices, lighting, ventilation strategies and renewable energy resources.

Learning outcomes

Be able to perform calculation techniques to assess various factors including:

  • the transmittance of shading devices and illuminance and quality of light
  • appropriate lighting strategies in buildings
  • compare a range of low and zero carbon energy technologies available and analyse their use in reducing the energy demands of buildings

Assessment and modelling tools

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Develop your knowledge of modelling tools that make energy and environmental assessments on aspects of building design. You'll focus on both individual elements and buildings as a whole.

Learning outcomes

  • Analyse and model the energy performance of your designs and assess environmental sustainability
  • Understand and use dynamic models and non-dynamic models
  • Be able to differentiate between precision and accuracy during dynamic simulation
  • Examine the impact of errors in variables when appraising outputs

Multidisciplinary project

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Work with students from other construction-related MSc courses to develop a building design. Investigate aspects related to your MSc in depth.

Learning outcomes

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop the outline design of a building
  • Communicate the outcomes as if to a professional client team
  • Develop an element of the building design in detail, as appropriate for your course

Research dissertation

60 CATS credits (30 ECTS)

Carry out fundamental or applied research in a topic relevant to your studies. You'll be supervised by one of our academic experts and supported by other staff.

Learning outcomes

  • Independently research a topic relevant to your studies
  • Critique your research approach and results
  • Effectively communicate your outcomes