CE3CIE-Inclusive Environments

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Adrian Tagg

Email: a.tagg@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
An examination of the issues that relate to inclusion and accessibility and the legislation relevant to such matters will lead to an assessment of the suitability of various elements of building provision and facilities in assisting or hindering the ability of people to use the built environment, an environment encluding public access buildings, housing and transport.

An examination of how physical and attitudinal barriers affect the design and management environments and spaces for disabled and non-disabled people. It considers the extent and impact of influencing legislation, regulations and established guidance and examines how to assess and evaluate new and existing environments including public access buildings and spaces, housing and transport.

To provide the knowledge and understanding necessary to allow the student to identify the issues related to inclusion and accessibility, relevant legislation and how to assess the suitability of various environments and their associated facilities.

Assessable learning outcomes:
•The student will be able to identify the issues related to inclusion and accessibility and the legislation relevant to such matters.
•The student will be able to assess the suitability of various elements of building provision and facilities in assisting or hindering the ability to use the built environment.
•The course will enable students to consider and address the needs of disabled and non-disabled people when using public access buildings and spaces, housing, and transport environments.

Additional outcomes:
•An appreciation of some of the non-physical barriers, such as attitudinal behaviour and financial controls and how they affect accessibility and inclusion experienced by disabled people.

Outline content:
•Attitudes towards disability and disabled people, history and consequences.
•Models of disability.
•Disability and access legislation and guidance.
•The use of colour and lighting in the built and transport environments to assist people with sensory impairments.
•Communication in built and transport environments.
•Emergency, lighting and wayfinding provision.
•Design - visual, spatial and acoustic.
•The design and management of inclusive transport systems.
•Accessible, inclusive housing.
•The use of assistive technologies in maximising independence.
•Access Auditing and the management of inclusive, accessible environments.

Global context:
The module draws directly from a wide range of internationally defined and understood concepts and methods which define disability,accessibility and the provision of an inclusive environment.This approach provides a global context to the module.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and Private Study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Tutorials 4
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Fieldwork 6
Guided independent study 76
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Undetaking a site visit and 3000 word Access Audit Report report to evaluate and existing building, analyse the construction elements relative to the legal prescriptions and provide professional advice on the necessary remedial works to bring this in line with the legal minimum and Bristish Standards.

Formative assessment methods:
A series of mini-tutorials provide students with the opportunity to improve their performance through the feedback provided.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Project submitted in August /September 

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required text books: Building Regulations Part M and British Standard BS8300 (electronic copies held in the University Library and Electronic Resource Data Bases.

    2) Specialist equipment or materials: Disto Laser Tapes, Disability simulation equipment (suits, gloves, glasses and wheelchairs) are provided by the SCME / BdB (“Breaking Down Barriers”) group.

    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: NIL

    4) Printing and binding: Nil (online / Blackboard Submission)

    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: WORD & EXCEL required to prepare report.

    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: NIL

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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