CE3DPR-Design Project 3

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Prof Li Shao

Email: l.shao@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn from problem-based teaching and learning approaches. Students will work individually to design a building and its building services including, daylighting and artificial lighting, water and drainage, and transportation system, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems together with electrical and emergency systems. This project will be structured in a way to give students an opportunity to apply their architectural design skills as well as their acquired knowledge about resource-efficient design as well as building services in a lifelike building design project.  


This module aims to develop a range of key skills with a strong emphasis on independent learning and problem-solving. The module will provide students with the opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge gained in this programme to design a lifelike building.   

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • Apply key management tools particularly related to projects e.g. time, cost and quality for all disciplines involved in the design stage,

  • Design daylighting and artificial lighting systems,

  • Assess the sound insulation level in buildings,

  • Design hot and cold-water distribution systems,

  • Appraise, main heating, cooling and ventila tion systems that can be used for a building and select the most appropriate system.

  • Produce outline design drawing,

  • Specify the specifications of the main component used in the heating, cooling and ventilation system.

  • Assess the energy performance and environmental impacts of the designed building,

  • Identify and respond to the health and safety issues in the project design including relevant regulations and management systems,
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  • Communicate ideas, analyses, and conclusions in a variety of forms and to a variety of audiences including experts and non-experts in the field.

Additional outcomes:

  • To build personal self-confidence for students by applying the theory and concepts learnt in the taught modules in a lifelike building design project.

  • To find appropriate sources of information and identify, select and analyse relevant information,

  • To develop IT skills such as word processing, PowerPoint and the use of spreadsheets.

Outline content:

In this module, students will work individually to design a building and its building services including, daylighting and artificial lighting, water and drainage, and transportation systems, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems together with electrical and emergency systems. Following the approach of problem-based teaching and learning, students will be provided with the opportunity to face a variety of design challenges associated with a design project including, time and resou rce management, data analysis and the way to address the objectives of the project. The problem-based learning practice will be guided through a number of workshops and group discussions that provide students with the opportunity to discuss challenges associated with the project and share their ideas and learn from each other. In addition, two external visits to exemplary building projects are arranged. These help students to learn from some good/exemplary design ideas that are successfully impl emented. In addition, these visits help students to become more familiar with the latest building technologies that can be used in the design stage.

Global context:

The skills and knowledge that students will acquire from this module have global applications.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching in this module will be by means of lectures, practical activities, site visits and workshops. These sessions will be complemented by project activities and guided independent study.

Independent study hours needed depend on the learning style of each individual. The following guide for independent study hours is just an example.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 5 5
Practicals classes and workshops 5 5
External visits 10 10
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 68 60
    Wider reading (directed) 10 10
    Peer assisted learning 5 5
    Advance preparation for classes 5 5
    Preparation for presentations 2 2
    Preparation of practical report 100 80
    Reflection 4 4
Total hours by term 214 186 0
Total hours for module 400

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 90
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Two summative assessments are designed for this module. First is a project report (8000-10000 words) that should be submitted online by the end of week 11 of the spring term. The second summative assessment would be an oral presentation of the project outcomes that should be presented in week 8 of the spring term. This provides the opportunity for students to learn from the comments they receive on their project presentations to further enhance the quality of their report.

Formative assessment methods:

This module includes formative assessments from both peers and lecturer(s) participating in a series of workshops and group discussions.

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor 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:

Students who have failed in their first attempt will be provided will be provided with a resit project brief and they should submit a project report (8000-10000 words) online

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 29 May 2020


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