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Module Code: ARC104
Module Title: Structures and Materials
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module introduces students to the basic principles of structural design. It focuses on the relationship and integration of materials, structural systems and designed form. Students are encouraged to learn through designing and building of experimental models. Structural and material appropriateness are discussed with a focus on architectural design concerns.
Learning outcomes 
A Identify and explain principles of structural design.

B Discuss simple structures.

C Explain and choose suitable materials and structural systems for given architectural forms.

D Perform simple numerical and experimental structural design techniques.

E Formulate simple design schemes that reconcile expressive intentions and technical constraints.

Method of teaching and learning 
Subject material will be delivered by formal lectures supported by speculative structural experiments and small exercises. Students are assessed through a final examination and a study report.
Lectures in this module should cover:

• structural principles, including principal load-bearing components of a building, requirements of strength, stability and stiffness, types of loads, types of stress, structural behaviours, load paths, structural failure, structural elements of buildings and their behaviours

• structural design in the context of architecture, including structural layout, coordination of structural and architectural design requirements, types of structures, relationships between structural capacity and form

• material properties and behaviours as they relate to structural design and architecture, specifically in typical building materials such as concrete, steel, timber, masonry and glass and implications of structural behaviours of materials on architectural design
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26   13        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Coursework 100.00

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