REMH02-History of Buildings

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Henry Russell


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Understanding the history of buildings and their construction is necessary before carrying out any work. This module gives students the skills to understand the principal British movements of architecture up to the present day. Students will be able to describe the styles of buildings competently and to understand how complex buildings have developed. 

The aim of this module is to provide the student with the skills and knowledge to describe the major movements in architecture, recognise architectural styles in buildings and landscapes; use these skills to assess the importance of particular buildings; explain the relationship of buildings to their landscapes; and to recognise the influences of building legislation on buildings.

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
• Show a mastery of the principal styles of English architecture
• Critically debate the development of historic interiors
• Demonstrate awareness and understanding of how and why building legislation and codes have developed
• Evidence your understanding of the development of landscapes and gardens.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module students will be able to:
• describe the major movements in British and European architecture, and other national styles where relevant
• recognise architectural styles in buildings and landscapes
• use these skills to assess the significance of particular buildings and sites
• explain the relationship of buildings to their landscapes
• recognise the influences of building legislation on buildings.

Additional outcomes:
• Enhance oral and communication skills through discussions and presentations in seminar sessions;
• Develop academic report writing skills through the module assignment;

Outline content:
• Vernacular buildings
• Buildings and archaeology
• Major movements in British and European architecture
• Ecclesiastical buildings and places or worship
• Gardens and designed landscapes
• Industrial and modern heritage

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is delivered in block release format that involves a four day face to face teaching block with pre-course preparation plus online post-teaching support. The module is taught in an interactive format through seminars and workshops. An assessed individual project is the consolidating and integrating vehicle for the taught material. Students are encouraged to share information via Blackboard in the extended online support period which follows the face to face element. An online discussion of the case studies between tutors and students supports the assessment in this module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Seminars 6
External visits 12
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
A major project, assesses all the learning outcomes of this module. Guide length 5,000 words.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

As this is a core Module of Special Significance for all students on the MSc Conservation of the Historic Environment a mark of 40 must be achieved in order for the MSc to be awarded.

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of the project in order to achieve a maximum mark of 50. Reassessment utilises the same method as that used for the module's original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

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Last updated: 31 July 2018


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