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ARCH6081 - Tech & Materials for Dwellings

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Title:Tech & Materials for Dwellings
Long Title:Tech & Materials for Dwellings
Module Code:ARCH6081
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Architecture & Urban Environment
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Next Review Date: April 2024
Module Coordinator: Samuel Vardy
Module Author: Evan Finegan
Module Description: This module provides an introduction to interior building technology, materials and interior finishes as they relate to dwellings. It investigates roofs, ceilings, stairs, structural principles, and materials. Relevant building regulation principles are also identified.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the construction and specification of various roof types and ceilings, and identify relevant structural supports.
LO2 Identify the various construction components, interior materials and finishes to domestic ceiling and roof structures.
LO3 Describe the requirements for the design and construction of various stair types, guarding and hand rails for stairs, landings, balconies or ramps for domestic installation.
LO4 Identify the range of components, materials and finishes required for the installation of stairs, guardings and hand rails for various applications.
LO5 Describe the basic regulations and legislation related to stairs, ramps, guardings, railings, roof structures and ceilings.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Principles
Introduction to roof types & ceiling types, identifying load bearing supports. Identifying design requirements for stairs, guardings and handrails. Characteristics of materials used in roofs, stairs, ceilings, hand rails and guardings. Principles of regulations for minimum ceiling heights, domestic stair design, guarding and handrail requirements.
Technology
Introduction to various roof and ceiling types to include, timber trussed roofs, timber cut roofs, pitched/raking ceiling types, dormer roof/ceilings, flat roofs, service cavities in ceilings, vapour control in roofs/ceilings, provision of grounds for lighting and ceiling based services, provision of back ventilation for recessed lighting within ceilings, provision for uninterrupted air tightness layer above ceilings. Stair design, max rise, min going, rules for determining stairs compliance with building regulations, max pitch for domestic stairs, height of flights, length of flights, restriction on winders, spiral stairs, half landings, obstructions on landings, dog leg stair design, straight flights, closed string stairs, open string stairs, central string stairs, steel, timber and concrete stairs, hand rail design, guarding design.
Materials and Finishes
Material specifications, modular sizes of ceiling slabs, structural timber, wrought and planed timber, battens, membranes above service spaces, shadow gaps to perimeter, cornices, recessed lighting fixing, surface mounted/pendant fittings, taped and jointed ceilings, gypsum skimmed ceilings, paint finishes, VOC's, recycled content of finishes, PEFC/FSC certification for timber. Stairs materials and finishes; hardwoods, softwoods, carcassing for over cladding with timber, steel frame with over cladding, stone tread, hardwood treads, concrete precast with over clad treads and risers, nosing options, tolerances for floor finishes above and below.
Regulations
Introduction to building regulations and their application to the various building elements and building layouts including: Part A (Structure), Part D (Materials), Part E (Sound), Part F (Ventilation - minimum ceiling heights etc.), Part K (Stairs, guardings and railings)
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Produce a set of A3 drawings of selected roof and ceiling structures, to include all indicative structural supports, full specification of materials and finishes, with a clearly identified strategy for servicing and internal finishes. 1,2,5 50.0 Week 6
Project Produce a set of A3 drawings of a selected stairs to include all indicative structural supports, hand rails, guardings, various stair components, fixing methods, materials and finishes. 3,4,5 50.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of Lectures 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Completion of projects 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of lectures 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Completion of projects 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Edward Allen & Joseph Iano 2014, Fundamentals of Building Construction : Materials and Methods, 6th Edition Ed., John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 9781118138915]
  • David Kent Ballast 2013, Interior Construction and Detailing for Designers and Architects, Professional Publications, Incorporated [ISBN: 9781591264200]
  • Chris Grimley & Mimi Love 2018, The Interior Design Reference + Specification Book, Reprint edition (11 Jan. 2018) Ed., Rockport Publishers [ISBN: 9781631593802]
  • Drew Plunkett 2015, Construction and Detailing for Interior Design, 2nd Edition Ed., Laurence King Publishing [ISBN: 9781780674773]
  • Edward Allen and Joseph Iano 2017, The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design, Edward Allen and Joseph Iano, 2017, The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Ed., John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 9781119092414]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Stephen Emmitt 2018, Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings, 4th Edition Ed., Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 1118977106]
  • Andrea Deplazes 2018, Constructing Architecture, 4th Edition Ed., Birkhäuser [ISBN: 9783035616699]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_DINAR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Interior Architecture 2 Mandatory
CR_DIARC_7 Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture 2 Mandatory

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