ARCT40030 Realising Built Projects

Academic Year 2021/2022

The intention of the Realising Built Projects module is to make students aware of the issues concerned with realising building projects, to arouse their curiosity, and understand the process accompanying a project from inception to completion. This knowledge should inform and enhance their studio work. The aim is to understand the process required to create a building project from a drawing or an idea; the steps from sketch to construction; and the life and maintenace of the structure thereafter. There is less focus on the 'talk and chalk' aspect of teaching, whereby student passively absorb the information, and more focus on encouraging students to actively think about, and question, their role in the project, and their responsibilities as architects or engineers. An orientation is given at the beginning of the trimester to introduce students to the module structure and a timetable for the subjects to be addressed. Themes will be explored in an interactive manner within the framework of selected studio projects, whereby different aspects will be reviewed. Headings include: client, brief, design team, planning and regulatory framework, cost estimation and management, tendering, construction, and post-completion issues. The module also servse as a vehicle to introduce 'soft skills' such as: interpersonal skills and teamwork. It is an introduction to the construction industry, and the economic and regulatory framework within which this operates. Students will become aware of the 'shared agendas' of the stakeholders within a project, understand the roles and responsibilities of the various players and the process to achieve succesful projects.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of how a drawing or idea is realised as a building. Evaluate and analyse the issues concerning a project brief. Demonstrate an ability to think indepentently and deal with uncertainty. Describe their attitude towards society, the profession, the client and others involved in a construction project. Demonstrate an understanding of their own role and duty as a professional and explain how to manage the relationships with the client, associated professions and trades. Define the characteristics necessary for a well run and organised office. Communicate clearly and show a development in interpersonal skills. Identify and distinguish clearly the priorities at different stages of building projects. Understand change and cost management. Demonstratean understanding of the statutory, regulatory and legal framework relating to the construction industry.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
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Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
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Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

B. Sc.Architecture or equivalent

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: dissertation on topic approved by lecturer Week 5 n/a Graded Yes


Examination: formal examination at end of term 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Not specified Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
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Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 09:00 - 10:50