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DESC9200: Introduction to Architectural Science

This unit aims to explore the scientific concepts of architectural science (including heat, light and sound) from which foundational principles and methods applicable to buildings are developed. It is divided into different topics, including climate, thermal environment, lighting, and acoustics. Students will gain an understanding of the terminology, physical values and metrics in each of these topics, and how they apply to the design and function of buildings. Theoretical models to predict key physical values in buildings are presented and used in assessments. Learning is supported by hands-on measurement exercises. This unit has a focused pedagogy intended for all graduate students in Architectural Science. It is a common core unit for all of the programs (Audio and Acoustics, High Performance Buildings, Illumination Design and Sustainable Design). Students within these programs should undertake this unit in their first semester of study if possible.

Details

Academic unit Architectural and Design Science
Unit code DESC9200
Unit name Introduction to Architectural Science
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2022
Attendance mode Block mode
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Jungsoo Kim, jungsoo.kim@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Jungsoo Kim , jungsoo.kim@sydney.edu.au
Robert Bullen, robert.bullen@sydney.edu.au
Anir Upadhyay, anir.upadhyay@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Assignment 1: measurement and observation
Report
40% Week 09
Due date: 28 Apr 2022 at 23:59
No more than 4 pages in A4 size
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Assignment 2: performance improvement strategies
Report
60% Week 13
Due date: 23 May 2022 at 23:59
No more than 10 pages in A4 size
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
  • Assignment 1 – Building performance assessment via measurement and observation: The goal of this assignment is to understand the fundamental principles of building science (heat, light and sound). You will make observations and take instrumental measurements to analyse different physical properties of a building/space.
  • Assignment 2 – Building performance improvement strategies: Students are tasked to improve the performance of the building or spaces they have investigated for the first assignment. You’re required to make a logical and compelling argument, grounded in empirical evidence produced as part of the first assignment. 

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

Work of outstanding quality, demonstrating mastery of the learning outcomes assessed. The work shows significant innovation, experimentation, critical analysis, synthesis, insight, creativity, and/or exceptional skill.

Distinction

75 - 84

Work of excellent quality, demonstrating a sound grasp of the learning outcomes assessed. The work shows innovation, experimentation, critical analysis, synthesis, insight, creativity, and/or superior skill.

Credit

65 - 74

Work of good quality, demonstrating more than satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes assessed, or work of excellent quality for a majority of the learning outcomes assessed.

Pass

50 - 64

Work demonstrating satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes assessed.

Fail

0 - 49

Work that does not demonstrate satisfactory achievement of one or more of the learning outcomes assessed.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Work submitted after the deadline will incur a penalty of 5% of the total marks earned for the assessment per calendar day. Work submitted 20 calendar days or more after the deadline will not be assessed and will receive a mark of zero.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Introduction to program in Architectural Science; 2. Introduction to the unit; 3. Heat transfer in buildings Lecture (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Tutorial activities - building heat transfer and thermal mass Tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO5 LO6
Week 02 1. Energy and buildings 2. Climate and microclimate 3. Urban microclimate and buildings Lecture (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Tutorial activities - urban microclimate Tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO5 LO6
Week 06 1. Introduction to lighting design; 2. Lighting technologies and lighting standards Lecture (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Tutorial activities - lighting Tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO5 LO6
Week 07 1. Basic physics of sound. 2. Controlling background sound and sound intrusion. Lecture (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Tutorial activities - acoustics Tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO5 LO6
Week 10 1. Building services 2. Building retrofit strategies 3. Case studies Lecture (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Attendance and class requirements

Please refer to the Resolutions of the University School: http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/architecture/rules/faculty_resolutions.shtml

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

 

 

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the fundamental principles of Architectural Science (including heat, light, wind and sound)
  • LO2. understand the principles of measurement and of selection and calibration of instrumentation
  • LO3. understand the principles of prediction of performances through calculations and/or simulations and how to apply those principles to case studies analysis
  • LO4. demonstrate an improvement in the ability of critical thinking and of critical analysis of evidence
  • LO5. integrate the knowledge in the field of Architectural Science and apply it in the individual areas of interests
  • LO6. improve the ability to critically and synthetically analyse the issues, and to efficaciously communicate the technical information.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
Some minor changes have been implemented based on the USS feedback received in the past years. Some lecture contents have been modified due to change in teaching staff.

Additional costs

Additional costs may be incurred for those students learning remotely: e.g. purchase of instrument such as infrared thermometer and smartphone app

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