ART021 - Site and Environment

SchoolWelsh School of Architecture
Department CodeARCHI0
Module CodeART021
External Subject CodeK100
Number of Credits10
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Mr Donald Alexander
SemesterDouble Semester
Academic Year2014/5

Outline Description of Module

In this module, an analytical approach is taken to the physical environment experienced by users outside buildings.  The theme is the ambient environment of the site.  The module discusses basic physics needed to understand physical environments in general, climatic processes involved in creating the local environment of a site, procedures for analysing environmental data to provide designers with objectives, and the physical needs that users have for their environments.  Successful environmental design must start with an understanding of the ambient environment, of how it arises, of its short and long term variation, of its effect on comfort, and of how it can be harnessed, modified, and moderated  

On completion of the module a student should be able to

How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered through:

Assignments: There will be practical exercises set to give students practice in implementing some subject-specific skills.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Practical skills developed in the module include the ability to :

How the module will be assessed

The module will be assessed through a class test, set to both test the students depth and breadth of knowledge of the subject matter taught, and their ability to solve environmental problems using the procedures used in the course.

Type of assessment



(if applicable)

Approx. date of Assessment

Class test


Site and Environment Class Test

2 hr


The potential for reassessment in this module

Reassessment will be by class test during the summer.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Qualifying Mark Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Class Test 100 N/A
Class Test
2 1 N/A

Syllabus content

Essential Reading and Resource List

Randall McMullan and Ivor H Seeley 2012. Environmental Science in Building; 7th edition.  Palgrave Macmillan

Other set reading will be provided through Learning Central

Background Reading and Resource List

In addition to supplementary reading provided through Learning Central, further information can be found in:

Randall Thomas and Max Fordham. 2006. Environmental Design: an introduction to architects and engineers; 3rd edition. Taylor & Francis: New York, US.

DeKay, Mark, and Brown G Z. 2014. Sun, Wind, and Light: Architectural Design Strategies, 3rd edition. John Willey and Sons: Hoboken, New Jersey.

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