CE3HBE-Historic Built Environment

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
Pre-requisites: CE1CCT Construction Technology or CE2CBT1 Building Technology RE1IPB Introductions to Planning and Building
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: CE2CBP Building Pathology
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Henry Russell

Email: h.j.g.russell@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
An introduction to the built heritage of England; to building conservation principles; to legislation, procedures, policy and guidance relating to heritage assets; and to the management of change affecting the historic built environment. The module entails a significant amount of reading, project work and visits to buildings and areas of interest. Such visits may be accompanied or may be undertaken independently as directed by the module convenor.

To provide an introduction to the built heritage of England, to building conservation practice, and to the management of change affecting the historic built environment, for students who have an interest in this subject and who are preparing to enter the building industry or for further study.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following:

•England's built heritage.
•Conservation principles.
•The content and implications of key legislation, procedures, policy and guidance relating to heritage assets.
•Materials and construction techniques relevant to heritage assets.
•Key issues relating to the management of change affecting historic buildings.
•Key phrases, words and acronyms related to the historic built environment.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

• Introduction and overview.

• England's built heritage (with an emphasis on the heritage of Berkshire, including the study of vernacular buildings and of the Victorian period).

• Conservation principles.

• Legislation, procedures, policy and guidance relating to heritage assets.

• Materials and construction techniques relevant to heritage assets (with a focus on timber-framed buildings and on buildings of brick and lime).

• Heritage values and characterisation.

• Managing change affecting historic buildings (with an emphasis on the alteration of domestic buildings and of places of worship; on issues relating to sustainability; on development in conservation areas; and on the construction of tall buildings).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures supplemented by visits, individual and group project work and a significant amount of reading. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Practicals classes and workshops 3
External visits 6
Guided independent study 73
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Assignment 1: 35% - Analysis of a timber framed building

Assignment 2: 30% - Group work assignment on heritage values and significance

Assignment 3: 35% - Retrofitting a Victorian house

This module is assessed by coursework only

Formative assessment methods:

Informal classroom discussion and exercises. 

Penalties for late submission:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-submission in August / September. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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