Module Descriptors

Core modules

Climate and Comfort

The primary focus of this course will be the study of the thermal, luminous and ventilation performance of buildings within the built environment context. The course will examine the basic scientific principles underlying these phenomena and introduce students to a range of technologies and analytical skills for designing comfortable indoor environments.

Renewable and Sustainable Resources

This module emphasises the links between sustainability, improved performance and resource management in terms of what resources are used and the way they are used with emphasis on sourcing and using renewable materials.  It examines the principles of reuse, recycling and renewal in achieving sustainability in the built environment.  It looks at the consumption of materials, energy and water and at the production of waste through the whole life cycle of the building.

Investigations in the Built Environment

This module aims to introduce students to a number of investigative and analytical methods and techniques, including prediction, simulation, experimental and measurement.  It will consider both physical and human perspectives of the built environment and draw on methods appropriate to both academic and practice based investigations. Students will also be introduced and trained to use handheld instruments that are used to assess thermal comfort and air quality.

Sustainable Built Environments

This module emphasises the need for a symbiotic and functional relationship in which ecology, culture and technology evolve and adapt.  The module introduces the fundamental principles guiding sustainable development of the built environment including avoidance or minimisation of negative impacts on the environment; conservation and efficient use of natural resources; preservation of cultural patterns; and ecological harmony and respect for biodiversity.  The concept of sustainable development is also discussed.

Elective modules

Skins and Spaces

In order to achieve successful design for comfort, health and energy efficiency, architects, urban planners and services engineers need to have a common understanding of the basic principles and techniques involved in integrating the environmental performance of the envelope, surrounding enclosure and space. The aim of this course is to provide such understanding in order to encourage a good overall environmental design.

Passive Design

The module will emphasise the practice of designing passive buildings. It will demonstrate techniques for selecting strategies appropriate to climate and brief, and introduce passive methods of lighting, heating, and cooling of buildings. It will introduce ways for assessing the effectiveness of design decisions, as well as giving students opportunities for furthering their use of current environmental software.  The discussion of strategies will be given an international context for a wider scope of applicability.

Efficient Building Services

The design of ‘environmentally friendly’ buildings depends critically on the choice of appropriate servicing strategies. This module explores the principles behind current low energy solutions to servicing strategies, and deals with basic application information and strategies.  Students will have an opportunity to extend their use of current environmental software to take into account service loads.

Sustainable Urban Design

The module focuses on the design of urban areas and cities in order to enhance the quality of urban communities through innovative design. It covers the latest research with regard to the structure of urban form and the creation of urban places in order to respond to major opportunities and challenges. The module covers place-making, transportation, landscape, urban conservation and regeneration issues, sustainable urbanism theory, and recent technologies in order to make the world’s growing cities healthy, attractive and sustainable.

Sustainable Indoor Environment

The module gives an overview of general requirements needed for achieving a healthy indoor environment and investigates the role of sustainability within indoor environment design. The primary objective of this course is to foster knowledge and understanding of building technology systems that support people’s activities and well-being in an indoor environment. A total building performance framework for sustainable interior design delivery is used to achieve this purpose.

Liveable Landscape

This module investigates and analyses the role of landscape architecture in turning public spaces into civic places to achieve more sustainable landscape performance, using both biophysical and social criteria to define sustainability.  The focus is on the intersection of physical and biological landscape processes, with cultural, social and political processes, and design theories and techniques in shaping the design of public spaces within the context of a neighbourhood.

Intelligent Building Design

This course provides an overview of all aspects of intelligent buildings including: history; design; components; construction; management strategies; economic implications; effects on the environment; and future trends. An intelligent building is inherently of an efficient and environmentally friendly design. An intelligent building also optimises its occupants’ circulation and networking, enhancing their collaboration, productivity and creativeness (Total Building Performance).

Sustainable Interior Design

This design-oriented module teaches students how to integrate all aspects of design- technology, environmental issues, wellbeing of building occupants, policies, regulations, and economics. It allows students various scales of investigation within design problems with an eco-pluralistic  approach to the use of materials and techniques (e.g. designs that tread lightly on planet). It also provides an integrated and holistic context for building interior design with more emphasis placed on nature as mentor for environmentally responsible design.

Sustainable Urban Transport

In this module, students will address various issues related to sustainable transportation systems and develop the capability to make an effective contribution at the highest level to planning, policy-making and management of transport. The module will focus on the relationship between transport and the environment and the means through which sustainable mobility might be achieved. This starts from the premise that land-use decisions both influence and are influenced by transport objectives and performance.

Building Information Modelling

The course is intended for an interdisciplinary audience interested in learning Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its use in various application areas within the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facilities Management (AEC/FM) industries. This course focuses on the information and skills needed for effective use of BIM concepts throughout the lifecycle of building projects, and with an emphasis on architectural and structural design, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), construction engineering, and management applications.

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