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Architectural Technology - BSc (Hons)

Course Code: LC341


Level

8

Duration

4 Years

Department

Built Environment


CAO Points

New for 2022

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

Architectural technologists are specialists in the technological decisions necessary to solve design problems.

They need a sound understanding of the processes of design, construction technology and the management tools for the communication of design information. The skills they require are wide ranging, from design appreciation, technical analysis and presentation, to management skills.

This studio-based programme consists of modules that are primarily assessed through technical project work, coursework and assignments. 

Real world projects and the integration of Industry Placement will also form a significant part of the assessment process.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.  

QQI FET/FETAC Applicants & Mature Applicants

Refer to section ‘Entry Requirements’ for further information.

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Architectural Context 1

    Credits: 5

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    This module will focus on the historical context of the development and the advancement of technology and materials in construction. Architecture and engineering has always followed the technological advances, introduced by new materials and tools. Therefore, the analysis and investigation of the different architectural movements, developed at the end of the 19th century and mainly during the 20th century, as well as the concepts underpinning them, will play an important role in the curriculum. Architectural Context 1 is a research-based module, that will encourage the analysis and the investigation of different cases studies representing the main architectural movements, focusing on the social, economic and historical context every time. This module will also offer an introduction to the current structure of the construction industry, the role and the responsibilities of the architect and the architectural technologist, as well as of the different parties involved.


    Title: Construction Technology

    Credits: 10

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    This module aims to provide the learner with underpinning knowledge and understanding of the principals of technology, materials and specification involved in domestic building construction along with the main influencing factors.


    Title: Dimensional Surveys and Reports

    Credits: 5

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    This module will incorporate the collaborative application of existing domestic and simple building’s interior surveying skills, producing dimensional surveys and the quantification of the relevant areas associated with them. It will include the production of dimensional and photographic surveys and the relevant reports. The module will provide a space for students to communicate interior surveys information, reporting and relevant IT skills, using visual, oral and written methods. Learners writing, presentation and analysis skills will be developed in this module. Relevant ergonomics will be identified in the context of the module. Learners will use MS Word, MS Excel, MS Project and MS Powerpoint in their tutorial time in this module. The skills will also be developed in these IT packages to support other modules and later years learning requirements in the areas of producing professional reports, areas analysis, distance calculations etc for fire cert applications, refurbishment reports etc.


    Title: Land Use Planning & Regulation

    Credits: 5

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    To aim of this module is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of building regulations and land use planning insofar as they relate to private residential developments. It provides the theoretical knowledge and how this should be applied in a practical fashion.


    Title: Services (Domestic)

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to enable learners to understand the role, technologies and design of building services & environmental systems in modern sustainable residential buildings. This module details the services commonly provided in modern residential buildings. It deals with the principals of design, installation techniques and the associated building regulations employed in today's Building Services industry. It explores the characteristics and appliances associated with the services along with modern methods and standards of buildings energy control and the provision of comfort and occupier satisfaction.


    Title: Studio Graphics (Manual & Digital)

    Credits: 10

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    Introduction to two- and three-dimensional computer drawing skills required to communicate effectively in a modern technical environment through the use of appropriate drafting software. In tandem with the development of a working knowledge of drawing applications, an understanding of drawing convention and appropriate presentation techniques will be developed in the effective communication of technical information. With the students ultimately applying these skillsets in the production of content across various modules and to recognised industry standards.


    Title: Technical Studio 1 (Drawing)

    Credits: 15

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    The technical studio in year 1 has a key role in informing the implementation of theory and skills developed across the modules into comprehensive technical design solutions. Students are introduced to the culture of Architecture and the Built Environment. The students will select construction methods and details and will apply them in this module through project work. Working primarily with drawings, the students will develop the skills to explore ideas and possibilities, describe proposals and define solutions.

    A strong emphasis within the module will be to develop problem solving skills through research with studio feedback and direction.

    Verbal communication skills will be used through critique presentations to enhance and articulate this problem solving and research skillsets, but also, to develop interpersonal communication skills.

    Visual communication and the elements and principles of design will be explored in arriving at solutions but also in the context of graphical representation.


  • Year 2

    Title: Advanced Design Studio

    Credits: 10

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    The Advanced Design studio will further facilitate the production and coordination of information relating to technical design projects, simulating the practice of Architectural Technology. A strong emphasis will continue within the module to develop problem-solving skills through research with studio feedback and direction. Both Visual and Verbal communication skills will be used through critique presentations, but also to develop each student’s interpersonal communication skills. Design skills will develop from Design Studio (first semester stage 2) with a focus on advancing technical design solutions.


    Title: Advanced Studio Graphics - CAD

    Credits: 5

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    To expand on the use of digital drawing software as developed in Studio Graphics — CAD semester 1 (stage 2). Integration of computer aided design skills modules in year two. To develop the students understanding of CAD as an information and communication technology in order to communicate effectively in a modern technical environment. Create comprehensive two-dimensional construction drawings as required.


    Title: Architectural Context 2

    Credits: 5

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    This module is a continuation of the module 'Architectural Context 1'. Architectural Context 2 will focus on the advances of the 21st century in technology and in architecture. This is a research-based module that will focus on the analysis and the investigation of different contemporary case studies, representing the most predominant tendencies in architecture and technology of today. Through a series of lectures and workshops, students will explore the context of the elements and principles of design used with respect to articulation, composition and relative proportions of design detailing in Architectural technology.


    Title: Building Structures

    Credits: 5

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    Structures: the key thing that any structure must do is not fall down. With this in mind, the aim of the module is to give the student an understanding of structures, structural behaviour and structural engineering, and foster an interest in both structural analysis and design. The module covers the loads applied to buildings, the principles of equilibrium, the behaviour of structural materials, the properties of structural sections, analytical methods and the principles of structural design.


    Title: Design Studio

    Credits: 10

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    The Design Studio will facilitate the production and coordination of information relating to technical design projects, simulating the practice of Architectural Technology. A strong emphasis within the module will be to develop problem solving skills through research with studio feedback and direction. Both Visual and Verbal communication skills will be used through critique presentations to enhance this problem solving and research skillsets. But also to develop interpersonal communication skills. Design skills will develop from first year with a focus on appropriate, efficient and functional technical design solutions.


    Title: Construction Technology Materials and Specification 2

    Credits: 5

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    This module aims to develop insight into the technology of more complex buildings (such as commercial and industrial buildings) and to develop understanding of key concepts related to construction technology, materials and specification which develop from the content of ARCH06006 Construction Technology, Materials and Specification 1 module.


    Title: Regulations (Commercial)

    Credits: 5

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    Overview of the structure of the building regulation in Ireland. Its enforcement and the statutory obligations under the legislation. The identification of constraints imposed by regulation on technical design and the ability to resolve design issues to achieve compliance.


    Title: Services (Commercial)

    Credits: 5

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    This module will allow the student to establish the importance of mechanical and electrical building services in a commercial building, and its associated impact on the buildings architectural design.


    Title: Studio Graphics (CAD)

    Credits: 5

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    To expand on the use of digital drawing software as developed in year 1. Integration of computer aided design skills across modules. To develop the students understanding of CAD as an information and communication technology in order to communicate effectively in a modern technical environment. Create clear and simple two-dimensional construction drawings as required.


  • Year 3

    Title: Active Learning Diary for Architectural Technologists

    Credits: 20

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    The aim of this module is to develop the student's professional skills and competencies through experiential learning while on placement within industry.


    Title: Building Energy Modelling and Simulation

    Credits: 10

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    This module is designed to develop the key skills required to effectively model building energy usage. To achieve this, learners will develop the theoretical knowledge underpinning modelling and simulation tools. Theory will be put into practical application by developing models and simulations within industry standard software applications. The cross comparison and interpretation of model results will further develop knowledge and skills in this field.


    Title: Construction Technology Materials and Specification 3

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to enable learners to synthesise the process of identifying, analysing and evaluating building defects that underpins the choice of remedial and renovation works, through corrective-action detailing.


    Title: Dissertation Project for Architectural Technologists

    Credits: 5

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    To support the production of a dissertation in year 4, the student is required to understand and apply research methods in the production of a dissertation proposal. The topic selected must be directly relevant to the course of study being undertaken by the student.


    Title: Management Practice for Architectural Technologists

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to develop the learner's knowledge and critical understanding of the theoretical principles and management practices as applied to the built environment.


    Title: Professional Practice for Architectural Technologists

    Credits: 10

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    This module aims to introduce students to the issues involved in being an architectural technologist within the context of the construction industry. It will generate a holistic approach and is designed to develop students understanding of the profession of architectural technology, the role of the technologist in society, and the regulations and procedures involved in translating technical design solutions into building projects. The module also introduces students to issues associated with managing the architectural technology process and the practice of architectural technology.


    Title: Studio Graphics (BIM)

    Credits: 10

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    To expand on the use of digital drawing software as developed in year 2. Integration of BIM concepts, knowledge and techniques which will be applied across modules in year three. To develop the students understanding of BIM as an information and communication technology in order to communicate effectively in a modern technical environment. Create comprehensive construction documents as required.


    Title: Technical Studio 3 (BIM)

    Credits: 10

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    Builds on the incremental learning of the process of creative architectural technical design. Year three studio has a particular emphasis on the synthesis of major design parameters in architectural design, being central to the complementary learning in all other modules. Key skills and competencies in graphical representation and architectural modelling will be developed in parallel in Studio Graphics (BIM) module and the Technical Studio provides the opportunity to increase proficiency in architectural design presentation.


  • Year 4

    Title: Contract Administration and Law

    Credits: 5

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    To develop the students’ knowledge, intellectual skills and competence to help them understand the nature of construction contracts within the context of the law of contract and tort. The students will also develop an understanding of how standard forms of construction contract and associated case law operate in practice.


    Title: Dissertation

    Credits: 15

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    To provide an opportunity for the student to produce a document based on independent study, of which the topic selected will provide an exhaustive, critical, and in-depth analytical study of a specific area of interest. The topic selected must be directly relevant to the course of study being undertaken by the student.


    Title: Health and Safety and Regulations

    Credits: 5

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    Investigation of the legal requirements relating to Safety Health & Welfare on construction projects namely, the Health & Safety legislation enacted in Ireland. The relevant acts and regulations are analysed, and the remit of the Health & Safety Authority is covered. Issues such as Designing for Safety, Duties as a Designer, Risk Assessment, Hazard Identification, Good Design Practice and procedures implemented for construction works will be reviewed. Also, the Health & Safety issues with regard to the on-site issues are addressed.


    Title: Services (Sustainability)

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to enable the learners to apply the principles and standards of low energy building design and application of low and zero carbon technologies to sustainable buildings. This module examines how buildings, services, and clean energy technologies can be designed and integrated to minimise building energy use. This module is designed to build capacity within learners so that they can contribute to the project design team of the architect, building services engineer and energy engineer, in order to play an active part in the design of modern low energy buildings.


    Title: Studio and Sustainable Construction 1

    Credits: 10

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    This module will bring together complimentary areas of specialisation to produce effective solutions in building design. The context of sustainable design will also be examined, exploring professional attitudes to sustainability and to the limitations of traditional approaches.

    This module evaluates a wide range of topics under sustainability which are driving the environmental agenda in the context of design and construction of the built environment. It allows the student to foster knowledge and understanding of functional, social and environmental aspects of design and construction systems and processes.


    Title: Studio and Sustainable Construction 2

    Credits: 10

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    This module continues to bring together complimentary areas of specialisation to produce effective solutions in building design. The context of sustainable design will also be examined, exploring professional attitudes to sustainability and to the limitations of traditional approaches.

    This module evaluates a wide range of topics under sustainability which are driving the environmental agenda in the context of design and construction of the built environment. It allows the student to foster knowledge and understanding of functional, social and environmental aspects of design and construction systems and processes.


    Title: Studio Graphics (Visualisation)

    Credits: 10

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    This studio-based module develops skills and knowledge in the photorealistic rendering of static images and the creation of virtual reality experiences. The creation of these digital assets will be undertaken in conjunction with a detailed examination of the use-cases where they apply.

    Learners will gain hands-on experience of a number of digital media tools including V-Ray, Enscape and Photoshop. Furthermore, learners will develop skills in software tool and tool-chain evaluation; a skill that is increasingly important as new technologies are developed and deployed.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates can puruse further study at level 9 and PhD level in TUS in a similar subject area.

What are the career prospects?

Graduate Architectural Technologists have a wide range of career opportunities. Employment can range from architectural practice, working for contractors, engineering practices and construction management practices. 

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Who is the programme suited to?

The programme is suited to students from second level and mature students who wish to pursue a career in an exciting problem-solving technical discipline.

 

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