Discipline Project 1
Architectural Design and Technology (Accelerated)
School of the Built Environment
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
Architectural technologists specialise in the science and art of architecture. They form the vital link between concept and construction, providing high-level design skills in projects of all types and scales.
By combining academic study with professional skills and competencies, you will develop a strong sense of design awareness and a comprehensive understanding of traditional and emerging technologies employed in the construction process.
This accelerated pathway includes the same content as a traditional three-year undergraduate degree, but is taught over three trimesters rather than two semesters. This more intense mode of study means that you can complete your degree in a shorter period of time, so you can progress more quickly into work or further study.
Other Study Options
You can also study this course part-time, which would take three years (UCAS code: K192). This course is also available in a traditional degree format, taking three years full-time (K190) or four years with a placement year, or five years part-time.
- Learn the scientific and technological parts of construction and facilities
- Understand the practicalities and legalities involved in construction and process management
- Build the digital tools and technologies you will need in your future career
This is for you if...
You have a real passion for shaping the future of the built environment
You are creative and an original thinker, keen to develop technical skills in new areas
You want to complete your degree more quickly
All about the course
Structured across three trimesters, accelerated course content is delivered using nine connected modules in each year of your studies.
Year one will introduce you to the architectural design process and practical industry knowledge using a range of built environment modules. You'll look at the regulatory framework, the principles of architectural structure and procurement. You'll also complete Building Information Modelling (BIM) design studio activities.
Year two progresses your understanding of managing design information and developing your design skills. You'll be involved in multi-disciplinary projects to further develop your collaborative working experience. Alongside modules in virtual environments and construction technology, you'll also complete a research dissertation.
You will learn to identify and use appropriate learning-how-to-learn strategies that are applicable for your course. You will learn to recognise and apply discipline specific knowledge and practice to solve discipline related project tasks on an individual and team basis. The module will enable you to experience relevant applicable ICT technologies.
Principles of Architectural Structure
This module aims at providing a fundamental understanding of the design principles and behaviours of structural forms, elements and systems in buildings. You will be introduced to nature as a generator of structure. You'll explore the relationship between shape, material, structural performance, loads, assembly methods and construction technology through modelling, analysis, and case studies. You will be able to understand the mutual dependencies between architectural design, structural performance and manufacturing technologies in the past and present through the knowledge of historical and contemporary structural forms and materials. The module also enables you to investigate the implications of nature, people and technology in the design of architectural structures.
Design Information Management
You will gain the skills to prepare prescriptive and performance specifications as well as BIM information. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding to implement technical design solutions through the selection and specification of materials, health and Safety regulations, methods of production, client and user requirements, and performance in use.
Introduction to Law and Regulatory Frameworks
You will be introduced to English law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module also introduces you to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.
Environmental Science and Services
You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will learn about the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for mechanical and electrical engineering services in the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical building services systems technology.
Economics and Management
You will develop an understanding of basic economic concepts and principles and of the economic environment, in which the construction and property sectors operate. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the construction environment within which you will operate as well as management and organisational theories in the construction and property context.
BIM Design Studio 1
You will explore BIM for Passive Analysis, and gain an understanding of fabric, modern methods of construction and an understanding of 3-D conceptions.
This project is an opportunity to experience collaborative working in multi-disciplinary team. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop key skills required by a built environment professional. You will also develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.
Procurement and Administration
This module enables you to explore and differentiate the principal types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK, you will also explore the fundamental procedures related to contract administration.
Design Studies 1
This module will provide you with a critical awareness and detailed appreciation of architectural design and its influences. You will gain an understanding of the design process and an ability to develop design solutions in new-build situations.
Discipline Project 2
This discipline based project will provide an opportunity to study on a range of built environment scenarios. It will develop your detailed knowledge of discipline specific subject matter by applying relevant concepts and techniques to solve problems in project environments. You will also develop your project appraisal, collaborative team working, management, critical analysis and problem solving skills. The module will allow you to develop and apply high level communication and information technology skills to solve problems and present solutions to a competent standard appropriate for a built environment professional. You will also develop an understanding of the place of advanced ICT technologies within the sphere of the construction industry professional.
You will develop the capability to evaluate Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and apply appropriate approaches for the presentation of complex 3D data sets. You will learn to critically evaluate current applications of VR and develop solutions for use in the built environment. You will also develop competencies in the management and manipulation of multi-media data sets.
Environmental Architectural Technology
You will develop an holistic understanding of tectonics for local and global environmental challenges. You will assess the impacts of building performance on the built environment. You'll apply the principles of technological engineering systems in sustainable design and construction processes to a design solution. You will also apply technical regulatory factors that impact build, sustainability and environmental performance within broad societal concerns.
Design Studies 2
You will further develop your understanding of, and ability to apply, the principles of architectural design, with specific reference to the re-use and redevelopment of existing buildings
Construction Technology in Architecture
This module will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to explain building construction techniques and materials used. You will also develop an understanding of various contemporary and historic construction techniques related to both project delivery and environmental considerations.
BIM Design Studio 2
The aims of this module is to introduce you to understanding urban contexts, construction, structural analysis using digital tools (BIM), environment impact and digital presentation.
Following successful completion of semesters one and two, you will undertake a laboratory-based research project for a minimum of four months. Set projects are available but you are welcome to propose your own project, providing you choose a supervisor and discuss the project with them.
Examples of staff research interests and potential projects:
· Genomics, analysis of microbial genomes (including clinically relevant studies)
· Genomics, analysis of plant genomes
· Genome editing (CRISPR/Cas)
· Plant biotechnology (genetic modification)*Biofuels and enzyme discovery
· Cancer Studies: DNA repair mechanisms, protein - protein interactions
· Cancer Studies: glycobiology, anticancer drugs
· Parasitology and Diseases: microbiology, bacteriology, microbial pathogenicity, MRSA, antibiotics, antimicrobials
· Synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry: free radical chemistry, asymmetric synthesis of anticancer agents
· Development of spectrometry-based techniques to measure biomarkers of DNA, protein and lipid damage and DNA repair
· Pharmacology: biological evaluation of novel anticancer agents
· Nanotechnology, medical and biosensor applications
Introduction to Urban Regeneration
On this module you will create an awareness of key professional roles with the built environment sector and the responsibilities associated with the differing roles. It will provide you with an opportunity for investigative work to be undertaken via a case study or series of case studies to explore the nature of the built environment professions. You will develop an awareness of the key professional skills required by the differing identified discipline areas. It will also promote the on-going development of oral/written communication, team working and inter-personal skills.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
The assessment combination will be determined by its ability to meet the desired learning outcomes and achieve attainment of the module learning outcomes. Typical formats include:
- Studio projects, both individual and in teams
- Lectures and tutorials
- Directed study
- One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
- Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites, completed buildings etc.
The assessment combination will be determined by its ability to meet the desired learning outcomes and achieve attainment of the module learning outcomes. Typical assessment formats will include:
- Design projects
- Case study analysis
- Precedent studies
- Design portfolios
You have the option to complete an industrial placement between years one and two, which you arrange with our support.
The School of the Built Environment (SoBE) aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable urban future. With a focus on architecture, building and construction, SoBE has over 1,000 undergraduates, 800 postgraduates, and over 200 PhD research students from across the world. Having led the built environment research agenda for more than 20 years, our rich community of internationally-recognised scholars works with students, business and industry across all levels of study and research.
Our specialist architectural design studios based in Maxwell building provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. We also have other workshops on campus which house high specification equipment, including laser cutters and 3-D printers, to help you bring your ideas and concepts to life.
Salford is also home to the unique Energy House – the only fully climate-controlled research facility of its kind in the world. Built in 2011, this full-sized two bedroom terraced house is built inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. It is packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables.
What about after uni?
Architectural technologists are highly-sought by architectural practices, central government, local authorities, property developers, building contractors, housing associations, financial institutions, major retailers, and manufacturing companies.
Our experienced team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, including local and international architectural practices. This strong link with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as networking opportunities.
Throughout the course, you will get to work on ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped to design a new club-house for Salford City FC, created designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and developed concepts for the Salford Woolpack community pub.
What you need to know
English language requirements
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.
In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfill your potential at university, but is also an essential requisite for a successful career in the built environment.
Accelerated programmes - Student Loan Company guidance
Due to the more intense learning structure of the accelerated pathway, students who fail a module are allowed a maximum of 40 credits of concurrent study. The Student Loan Company will not fund the element relating to the repeating modules, so if you want to study this concurrently, you must fund the additional cost.
Grade C / level 4 or above in Maths and English Language
UCAS tariff points
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£17,910per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
All set? Let's apply
Course ID K191