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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • WDR & RT Taggart
  • GM Design Associates
  • Keystone group
  • Hall McKnight Architects
  • Hamilton Architects
  • Marcon Fit-Out
  • Graham Construction

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Architectural Technologist
  • BIM Coordinator
  • Specialist Technical Role

Overview

Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

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Architectural Technology is the technical side of architecture focusing on the science and performance aspects of building design.

Summary

The BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Management course is based on a modular structure across two semesters and is available as a four year sandwich course (although students with the necessary industrial experience may be exempted from placement). The course is also available in a part-time mode of study which involves students taking the course over five years (there is no placement year), and attending and completing all modules alongside the full time students. The course leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science with Honors in Architectural Technology and Management. The DPP (Diploma in Professional Practice) is awarded on successful completion of an approved industrial placement year.

There is an Associate Bachelor exit award which is awarded to students who have successfully completed all the level 5 modules but do not wish to complete the full honours degree. Graduates with this award wishing to apply for Chartered Membership with CIAT can map their learning to the CIAT matrix and satisfy most of the knowledge unit requirements. Evidence of alternative experience will be required to complete the missing units.

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About this course

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About

The course is designed and structured to provide you with a broad knowledge of issues related to architectural technology and the design of buildings. It is essential to have an understanding of many technical aspects including materials, foundations, heating, lighting, acoustics and statutory requirements. Graduates are also equipped with skill and knowledge of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software as well as an understanding of the theory behind the implementation of BIM working methods.

Modules that students currently take include Architectural Graphics, Introduction to Architecture, IT, Communications and Surveying, Architectural Technology A, Introduction to CAD, Form and Structure of Buildings, Comfort, Architectural CAD, Building Design, CAD Applications, Architectural Technology B, Building Physics, Building Information Modelling, Project Design, Dissertation, Conversion, Adaptation and Maintenance and Environmental Conservation and Energy Studies (note these modules are subject to change as the course develops).

Linked programmes

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Attendance is compulsory at all timetabled activities, such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical sessions etc.

The attendance pattern for first year is generally 4 days a week reducing to 2 or 3 days a week in final year as students work more independently in their own time.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Architectural Technology A

Year: 1

This module will provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of Architectural Technology and building detailing. The module also provides the student with an awareness of heat transfer principles, current building regulations and codes of practice.

IT, Communication and Surveying

Year: 1

The student will be able to evaluate information to aid decision-making, recognize the importance of and practice of recording and storing information and be able to contribute to systems relating to those activities. The student will be able to contribute to meetings and group discussions and be aware of the basic skills required for this and have a basic knowledge of the ways in which others may be informed using these skills. The student will have basic surveying knowledge and the skills necessary to carry out a basic survey within a practice offering services to the public.

Architectural graphics

Year: 1

This module includes draughting techniques and the application to production of information through the media of conventional drawings. Teaching methods include seminars, tutorials and one-to-one consultation in the design resources suite during progress of production information.

Introduction to CAD

Year: 1

This module provides the student with the knowledge and skills required in modern practice for the production of design drawings using Computer Aided Design. Teaching methods include lectures/seminars and project work in the CADES labs.

Introduction to Architecture

Year: 1

This module provides a general introduction to architecture. It is specifically designed for students who are studying Building Services Engineering but need to build an awareness and understanding of the constructed environment from an architectural perspective, contextualised against mechanical and electrical services needed within modern buildings.

Construction materials 1

Year: 1

Construction professionals are responsible for specifying, designing and manufacturing the materials with which structures are built. This module will provide students with a basic understanding of fundamental material science and a comprehensive understanding of the composition, microstructure, and engineering behaviour of materials used in construction applications.

Structures

Year: 1

This module allows the student to identify and describe the form and function of various structural elements, to understand the requirements for strength, stability and performance of structures and structural materials and gives an introduction to the design of structural elements.

Comfort

Year: 1

The application of scientific knowledge, and the technologies involved in the control of internal environments to create healthy spaces in buildings for people.

Basic Introductory Mathematics

Year: 1

This module covers those aspects of basic mathematics required for some primary courses in the Schools of Engineering and Built Environment. The topics covered are algebraic manipulation, algebraic processes, trigonometry and functions,

Year two

Computer-aided Design Applications

Year: 2

This module provides the student with the knowledge and skills required in modern practice for the production of presentation and detailed working drawings using CAD related software. Teaching methods include lectures/seminars and project work in the CADES labs.

Architectural CAD

Year: 2

This modules provides the student with the knowledge and skills required in modern practice for the production of detailed working drawings using Computer Aided Design. Teaching methods include lectures/seminars and project work in the CADES labs.

Design Technology and Cost Evaluation

Year: 2

This module equips the student with a sound knowledge of architectural technology and the relative cost of materials and components, and their interaction one with the other.

Architectural Technology B

Year: 2

This module enhances the student's understanding of the functions, principles and environmental constraints on the design and construction of larger scale buildings. This module also develops the student's understanding of current Building Regulations and the integrative nature of technical solutions for larger buildings in order to develop a greater awareness of the role of architectural technology.

Architectural Law & Contractual Procedures

Year: 2

This module defines the legal framework within which the management and administration of building contracts operate. The legal system, the law of contract and the law of tort as they relate to the production of the building project are described and examined and the rights, duties, liabilities and obligations of the parties to the building contract as dictated by a standard form of building contract are evaluated.

Building Design

Year: 2

This module covers introductory design of sub-structures, super-structures, and their elements made from; timber, steel, reinforced concrete, masonry, and aims to develop an awareness of the design and production imperatives involved in practical construction situations.

Building Physics II

Year: 2

One aspect of the creation of the built environment is a response by humans to provide shelter to for protection and/or to modify the climatic conditions so that a comfortable environment in which to live is created. This module examines the influences of building physics on construction in four primary areas: heat transfer and thermal comfort, acoustics, lighting and building services. It aims to deepen the student's knowledge in the practical aspects of building physics to structures, and the achievement of low/zero energy buildings.

Year three

Industrial Placement

Year: 3

Professional experience is an integral part of an Architectural Technologist's education. This module will provide such experience in an approved architectural environment. During the period of professional experience, the student will have increasing responsibility for delivering architectural services allowing them to appreciate the integrated nature of design, technology and building associated with architectural practice. Assessment for the module combines a student project with employer and academic supervisor's assessment.

Year four

Conversion, adaptation and maintenance

Year: 4

This module will provide the student with practical knowledge of the processes involved in the conversion, adaptation and maintenance of the built environment.

Building Information Modelling

Year: 4

The module includes the application and critical understanding of BIM working processes and the software involved in the delivery of a BIM project. Teaching methods include a variety of lectures, seminars, tutorials and project work.

Project (Design)

Year: 4

This module provides the student with a series of architectural design projects covering a wide range of scale from domestic through high rise to medium and large span structures.

Dissertation on Integration of the Built Environment

Year: 4

The dissertation is meant to provide an opportunity for personal exploration and study of a subject that is broadly related to architectural technology and of interest to the student. It is important that the subject be useful to the discipline in general so that a working office or related enterprise can respect the information, and that the dissertation as a piece of work is well structured, well presented, authoritative and fully understood by its author.

Environmental conservation and energy studies

Year: 4

This module ensures that the successful design and technology student understands the impact on the environment that buildings and the energy that they use have and the methods by which these effects may be reduced.

Construction Management A

Year: 4

The construction industry, including the organisations and the people they employ, is always under pressure to improve its performance with respect to cost, time and quality. The module is a response to these demands, in that it examines current practice and possible areas for change in the management of process and people in design and construction. The module draws together the processes of tendering for construction and decision making within construction/design operations, in the context of relevant contractual arrangements and the people/organisations concerned. The management simulation provides an opportunity for teams to choose suitable strategies for improved performance relating to sustainable development. Practical applications and case studies are employed to bring reality to the classroom.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BCC to include one from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Science, or a Technology or Engineering subject. Plus GCSE Double Award Science at grade CC or above or GCSE Physics at grade C.

Applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A-level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

BTEC

Overall BTEC award profile with DMM with 7 Distinctions to include Merit in Science Module or GCSE Science/Physics at grade C or Double Award Science at grade CC. Acceptable Diplomas include Construction, Land Use and Surveying and Land Administration.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile to include grades H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 with one from: Mathematics, Science, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, or a Technology or Engineering subject. If no Physics at higher level, grade O4 or above at Irish Ordinary is required in this subject.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is Grades CCCCC with one from: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or a Technology or Engineering subject. Plus GCSE Double Award Science at grade CC or above or GCSE Physics at grade C.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is Grades CDD with one from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or a Technology or Engineering subject. Plus GCSE Double Award Science at grade CC or above or GCSE Physics at grade C.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of 24 points (12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile Overall average of 65% - Science and Mathematics; Physics and Engineering.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include Grade C in Mathemtics, English and Double Award Science CC or Physics C.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Foundation Degree/A B Degree

Successful completition in Architectural Technology degree, for Year 2 entry with an average of 45% OR successful completion in Construction-related degree for Year 1 entry.

Foundation Year - Refer to Course Selector.

Mature Students

Mature students who do not meet the above criteria please refer to Course Selector.

Teaching and learning assessment

Knowledge and understanding of the subjects are acquired mainly through lectures, tutorials and practical work carried out in the laboratory, field and studio, directed reading, case studies, seminars and IT based resources.

Intellectual qualities are developed through exercise classes/tutorials, coursework assignments, individual and group studio design/project work.

Professional and practice skills are gained through coursework assignments including laboratory and field work, technical design, problem solving, assignments and studio work with drawing presentations and a substantial final year project and dissertation. The placement year is also key to this aspect.

Basic IT, CAD and communication skills are taught in Year 1. These and the other skills are developed through coursework assignments including preparation of laboratory reports and fieldwork, individual studio work including hand drawing and model making, (where peer learning in the studio environment and shared experience and social and informal interaction of the students and staff is important) CAD project work and final year project and dissertation. The placement year is a key element to developing these skills. The work placement experience and report is an excellent opportunity for you to reflect upon your learning and brings added value to the final year.

Assessment Methods:

Assessment is through a wide range of methods including closed book examinations, class tests, coursework assignments consisting of reports on laboratory and field work, drawing work and the use of CAD and Building Information Modelling practices, design/technical work, problem solving, oral presentations individual and group projects, a major individual project and dissertation.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • WDR & RT Taggart
  • GM Design Associates
  • Keystone group
  • Hall McKnight Architects
  • Hamilton Architects
  • Marcon Fit-Out
  • Graham Construction

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Architectural Technologist
  • BIM Coordinator
  • Specialist Technical Role

Career options

Due to the broad knowledge base in the area of architectural technology a broad range of employment opportunities exist. Typical employers include architectural technology practices, architectural practices, contractors, education and library boards, health and social trusts, building control and other companies in the construction industries. A highly desirable attribute of our graduates is their knowledge and skill relating to Building Information Modelling. Some graduates have obtained excellent employment internationally. Self-employment is also a popular option after a few years when graduates are sufficiently experienced and they become Chartered Architectural Technologists with CIAT.

Work placement / study abroad

Students receive excellent support in the form of Placement preparation classes during second year of the course. The course team gives a high level of support to students assisting them in finding placement. The course enjoys a good relationship with many practices locally and opportunities further afield are also encouraged.

Students completing an approved placement in the British Isles will receive a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) upon graduation from the course. For students completing an approved placement internationally, they will receive a Diploma in Professional Practice (International) (DPP(I)) upon graduation from the course.

Professional recognition

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) for the purpose of exemptions from parts of the professional qualification when progressing to Chartered status.

Academic profile

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more
International:
£13,240.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

The course attracts a number of prizes relating to academic performance during all years of the course. These are normally presented at the annual End of Year Show.

A recent graduate has also received awards from the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (Commended) and from the Association of Project Safety (winner).

Scholarship opportunities also exist.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Course Director: Gareth Alexander

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6047

E: go.alexander@ulster.ac.uk

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6521

E: adbe@ulster.ac.uk

Testimonials

The key point to highlight is that the support from main course tutors excels beyond lectures/tutorials. It was very clear to see that they wanted to keep up to date with students in and out of semester time. This was particularly helpful after graduating as you are pointed into the right direction as to what practices are employing.

T McCurdy, 2015 Graduate