REMH04-Survey and Assessment of Heritage Assets

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:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr Henry Russell


Summary module description:

The aims of this module are to introduce the student to the general principles of practical conservation, including techniques of survey and inspection, structural concepts, the agencies of decay and how they might be treated, and the sensitive issues of cleaning buildings.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module students will be able to:
• Identify and explain the philosophies of conservation as they are used in practical building conservation
• Critically assess given situations such that appropriate survey techniques can be recommended and justified
• Evidence an extensive understanding of how dampness and insect attack affect buildings
• Select, explain and justify those remedial measures which are appropriate to historic buildings
• Demonstrate a crucial understanding of the structural performance of historic 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:
• Philosophical approaches to practical conservation
• Structural and engineering performance of historic buildings
• The agencies of decay, particularly dampness and insect attack
• Assessing the condition of historic buildings and their elements
• Non-invasive survey techniques
• Appropriate measures for repairing buildings

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

Other information on summative assessment:
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:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Student contribution:
The quality and extent of the students contribution during the face to face period will be assessed by the module convenors

A major project, assesses all the learning outcomes of this module. Guide length 5,000 words.

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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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