SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2K221185
Module Leader Duncan McCormick
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Fire Risk Level 1 modules

Summary of Content

The module focuses on the principles which underpin the Built environment and building regulatory systems relating to intervention, improvement & alteration. The principles of building design are investigated form the designers' viewpoint and the reconciliation of clients' requirements with those social objectives imposed by legislation & regulatory systems ; considered leading to CW 1. Through examples & comparison / measured survey and sketching / recording principles, engagement with various regulations are explored leading to CW2 (Trimester1 ). CW 2 material provides framework for development of 2d CAD skills , presentation & drawing output for CW3 Analysis & improvement proposals.


Remedial planning and organisation of interior / exterior space relating to alteration / improvement and engagement with various regulations. Principles of building regulatory systems, social aims and functional statements, prescriptive and performance based codes. Introduction to surveying & recording and preparation of 2d Cad drawings to support improvement proposals, qualitative and quantitative assessment.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, the students should be able to: 1. Understand reasoning of regulatory principles enshrined in legislation and other guidance.( A3, C1)2. Understand the relationships between social goals and prescriptive and performance based codes. ( A3, B1, C1) 3. Demonstrate an awareness of the built environment, principles of spatial design for simple buildings and the potential impact of change of use, intervention / alteration / improvement of buildings by introducing CAD drawing. ( A1, A3, B1, B2, C2)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning strategy is delivered via a combination of lectures , labs & tutorials and is GCU Learn supported. The key themes introduced in the lectures are explored through directed reading, tutorial exercises and the coursework assignments. Tutorial discussions and group exercises allow students to reflect on their own and other students learning and understanding and different approaches to problem solving. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the programme.

Indicative Reading

Architects Building Studies, Interior Studies, Journal and Technical Studies, Architectural press Stollard & Abram (1995) Fire From First Principles, EF Spons Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 Technical Handbooks 2010 edition British and European Standards as directed Academic and professional journals as directed

Transferrable Skills

The following will result from successful completion of this module: ( D3, D6, D14)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 76.00
Assessment (FT) 4.00
Tutorials (FT) 72.00
Lectures (FT) 48.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 7.00 70.00 35% Design Project to meet client brief including CAD drawings.
Coursework 1 3.00 30.00 35% Domestic compliance report.