SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHK222013
Module Leader Joyce Fleming
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Interior Design Project 3 M3K121273

Summary of Content

Topic 1 Evaluation of Existing Buildings This part of the module will be responsive to the exigencies of the Design Analysis module. Individual buildings will be examined on a case study basis. The extent to which case study research can be generalised or transferred to other contexts will be explored. Depending on the design problem within the Design Analysis module (which may involve work to existing buildings, or new build or major extension) this part of the module will be flexible in its response. Topic 2 Environmental Comfort This part of the module will develop knowledge and understanding of the impact, requirements, constraints on an interior design setting of Lighting, Acoustics, Heating, Air Conditioning and other building services.


Topic 1 Evaluation of Buildings Investigation of technological repair, restoration or reconstructive solutions to existing buildings and interiors (with reference to individual student case studies from Design Analysis). This module intends to be responsive to the exigencies of the building selected by the student. The focus is on building and interior fabric issues such as: -360b7 Prevention of deterioration -360b7 Preservation b7 Consolidation b7 Restoration b7 Reproduction Surveying techniques will be appraised. Major defects such as cracking and the deterioration of traditional structures and materials will be examined. However the emphasis will be on interior finishes and fittings with students expected to propose appropriate repair or amelioration strategies. This will also be studied in the context of historically important buildings and interiors. Where the student's selected project focuses on a new build or construction of a major extension then solutions such as the frame, integrity structures, curtain walling, responsive facades etc will be explored. Topic 2 Environmental Comfort Lighting: -360 1. Space lighting requirements are appraised in terms of contrast ratios and visual appreciation of solid form and surface texture. 2. Current methods of design for interior lighting control systems are assessed and developed to include maintenance requirements, energy consumption costs and the creation of interior design aesthetic. 3. Methods of analysing daylight provision within interiors and its integration with artificial lighting will be discussed. The requirements of specialist interior lighting applications such as libraries, health care buildings, churches etc. will be investigated. 4. The health and safety aspects of lighting design will be reviewed with particular attention to demanding situations such as VDU operations. 5. The need for emergency lighting and its application within interiors will be assessed. 6. A lighting design will be produced with emphasis on the application of principles to create comfort and ambience. Computer software will be used to simulate the modelling of artificial and natural lighting. Acoustics: -360 1. The measurement and prediction of reverberation time and its relation to the acoustic performance of interiors will be appraised. 2. The classification and rating of materials within interiors will be assessed and the influence of surface finishes on acoustic performance discussed. The special acoustic performance requirements for applications such as auditoria will be appraised. Computer software will be used to model the decay of sound within auditoria.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:1.Assess and appraise buildings by reference to their contextual, design and tectonic importance - this will be undertaken with reference to the Design Analysis module which is based on an interior design solution within an existing building ( A8, B4, B5, B7, C1, D14 )2.Analyse the degree of intervention that conservation of the built and interior environment requires; from maintenance to prevention of deterioration, through restoration to complete reconstruction. (A4, A7, B2, B5, B7, C1, D3, D14)3.Determine the cultural / historic and regulatory implications of interventions. (A1, A2, A4, A8)4.Apply current trends and theories relating to natural and artificial lighting and building acoustic to design proposals developed in a concurrent design project. (A1, B1, B4, C3, C4, D1, D3, D14)5.Determine the spatial and practical planning implications that are required for the installation of plumbing, heating, lighting and other necessary building services. (A1, A4, B2, B5)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module. This module will be delivered in the design studio (both traditional and digital). Topic 1 - Technological Evaluation of Buildings: Case studies identified by individual students in Design Analysis will be used as a basis for a report and applying surveying technology. Problems of generalising or transferability from case studies will be addressed as an issue. Lectures will outline the main principles of building evaluation and decay remediation. Topic 2 - Environmental Concepts: will be presented in lectures supported by tutorial. Worked examples using current software will be derived from the concurrent design project.

Indicative Reading

Topic 1; Evaluation of Existing Buildings Hollis M. (2000, 4 th ed.) Surveying Buildings, London, RICS Books.* Scott, F. (2007) On Altering Architecture, London, Routledge. Topic 2; Environmental Comfort Karlen, M and Benya, J. (2004) Lighting Design Basics , New Jersey, John Wiley & Sons.* Major, M. and Spiers, J. (2005) The Art of Light and Architecture , Basel, Birkhauser. McMullan, R. (2002, 5 th ed.) Environmental Science in Building , Basingstoke, Palgrave Pritchard, D. C. (1997) Lighting , London, Longmans. The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, (1994) Code for Interior Lighting , London, CIBSE * = essential

Transferrable Skills

Use current software packages for developing, analysing and justifying engineered natural and artificial lighting and acoustic solutions to individual student interior design response. D6: The Appropriate knowledge and use of general IT skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Tutorials (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 82.00
Practicals (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 20.00 n/a Produce an illustrated report describing a self-selected building to be used as the basis of Design Project 5 MHK121275.
Coursework 0.00 40.00 n/a Develop an authentic solution to a lighting problem arising from a concurrent Design Project.
Coursework 0.00 40.00 n/a Develop an authentic solution to an acoustic problem arising from a concurrent Design Project.