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BEng Architectural Engineering

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Engineering)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

• understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed subject knowledge and professional competencies some of which will be informed by recent research/scholarship in the discipline;
• deploy accurately standard techniques of analysis and enquiry within the discipline;
• demonstrate a conceptual understanding which enables the development and sustaining of an argument;
• describe and comment on particular aspects of recent research and/or scholarship;
• appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in the discipline;
• make appropriate use of scholarly reviews and primary sources;
• apply their knowledge and understanding in order to initiate and carry out an extended piece of work or project;
• conform to professional boundaries and norms where applicable;

Students will have:
Knowledge and Understanding of:
- mathematics, science and engineering principles on the field of building physics, structures, geotechnics, materials and integrated design;
- the principles and practice of architecture;
- properties, behaviour and use of relevant materials;
- management techniques which may be used to achieve architectural and engineering objectives within that context;
- the role of codes of practice and regularity framework in design and practice;
- principles and implementation of design techniques specific to architecture and civil engineering;
- mathematical and computer models relevant to the architectural and engineering disciplines and an appreciation of their limitations;
- the role of the professional architect and engineer in society, including health, safety, environmental, sustainability and ethical issues and risk assessment;
- the wider multidisciplinary architectural and engineering context and the associated underlying principles;
- developing technologies related to own specialism (an awareness of);
- the framework of relevant requirements governing architectural and engineering activities, including personnel, health, safety, and risk issues.

Ability to:
- demonstrate competence in identifying, defining and solving architectural and engineering problems;
- apply appropriate mathematical and computer-cased methods for modelling and analysing architectural and engineering problems and appreciate their limitations;
- extract data pertinent to problem, and apply its solution using computer based architectural and engineering tools where appropriate;
- evaluate and integrate information and processes in project work;
- understand the use of technical literature and other information sources;
- realise that current research or equivalent scholarship may be relevant in design problem solving;
- comprehend the broad picture and thus work with an appropriate level of detail;
- apply the principles and practice of architecture to develop building designs;
- use creativity to establish innovative solutions.

The Practical Skills to:
- use laboratory and field equipment competently and safely;
- observe record, process and analyse data from the laboratory and field;
- use computational tools and packages to optimise design solutions;
- prepare technical reports and give technical presentations to communicate information to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
- prepare graphical presentations and technical drawings, both manually and using CAD.

The Key Skills to:
- communicate effectively using written, oral and graphical skills and to be able to sustain arguments;
- use mathematical skills appropriate to an engineer;
- apply the principles of architecture in building design;
- work independently and be capable of self-learning;
- work in a team environment;
- manage workloads and time effectively;
- work with limited or contradictory information and have an appreciation on the limits of knowledge;

- monitor, plan and reflect upon personal, educational and career development

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

• the transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to the area(s) studied;
• the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
• the deployment of decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;
• the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;
• the ability to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature;


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

• demonstrating the ability top apply a broad range of aspects of the discipline;
• work that draws on a wide variety of material;
• the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;
• evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within the discipline;
• work that is typically both evaluative and creative;

If desired, students may exit the programme at the end of this level and, depending upon achievement, be awarded a BEng (Hons) degree in Architectural Engineering.


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