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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MEng(Hons) or MEng(Hons) with DIS
Programme title Architectural Engineering
Programme code CVUM02
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either 6 semesters or 8 semesters if students undertake industrial training leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) which normally occurs between Part B and Part C
UCAS code
Admissions criteria
Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 04 Aug 2020 20:31:46 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To respond to the societal needs for a more sustainable and resilient built environment through the education of the next generation of building designers.
  • To produce multi-disciplinary architectural engineering graduates with strong leadership and design skills, who are equipped to play a leading role in industry, with potential to take responsibility for innovation and change in the architectural engineering sector.
  • To provide a high-quality educational experience that develops students’ knowledge and skills to a depth and breadth expected of Masters level graduates, in preparation for a career in the engineering and construction industry and make a valuable contribution to society.
  • To provide an integrated and extended programme of study which holistically combines the disciplines of Architecture, Structural Design and Building Energy. Its strong emphasis on industrial relevance fully supports the educational base to become a Chartered Engineer.
  • To develop students’ analytical, management and key transferrable skills to a depth and breadth that will prepare them for employment in a wide variety of professional roles.
  • To help students develop a strong capacity for independent learning and self-reliance to help students realise their potential and successfully achieve their own educational and professional goals.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competencies (The Engineering Council);
  • The Joint Board of Moderators Accreditation Guidelines;
  • QAA Engineering Benchmark statements for Engineering;
  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications;
  • The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers accreditation guidelines; and
  • Input from the civil engineering Industrial Advisory Board.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

K1.     Relevant mathematics, science and engineering principles in the field of structures, geotechnics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and thermodynamics;

K2.     The properties, behaviour, fabrication and sustainable use of relevant materials;

K3.     Construction technology and architectural engineering practice;

K4.     The management of projects through planning, finance, contract procedures and quality systems;

K5.     Application of design specific to architectural engineering.

K6.     The role of codes of practice and the regulatory framework in design and practice;

K7.     The management and coordination of relevant information technology;

K8.     The role of the professional engineer in society, including health, safety and sustainability issues;

K9.     Team roles, team-working skills and leadership skills;

K10.   Relevant research methods;

K11.   Architectural engineering education, design and practice in a European context.

K12.   The principles of Master-planning;

K13.   The manufacturing processes applied to the built environment;

K14.   The critical relevance of functional architectural details in large-scale buildings;

K15.   The necessity for an uncompromised sustainable approach to new constructions

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1.     Demonstrate competence in identifying, defining and solving engineering problems;

C2.     Select and apply appropriate mathematical and computing methods for modelling and analysing engineering problems;

C3.     Apply appropriate analytical techniques and codes of practice to the design of building components and systems;

C4.     Evaluate and integrate information and processes through individual and group project work;

C5.     Define, plan, conduct and report on an original research project;

C6.     Identify and apply appropriate project management techniques;

C7.     Critically evaluate alternative techniques and strategies for managing people at work;

C8.     Critically analyse and interpret financial information;

C9.     Apply engineering principles, theories and methods in a professional environment (DIS programme only).

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1.    Use laboratory and field equipment competently and safely;

P2.    Observe, record, process and analyse data in the laboratory and in the field;

P3.    Proficiently use appropriate specialist computer software;

P4.    Plan and perform technical reports and give technical presentations;

P5.    Compose technical drawings and architectural design both manually and using digital tools commensurate to a professional standard.

P6.    Apply knowledge and skills in a professional environment through a 45-week period of work experience (DIS programmes only). 

P7.     Critically evaluate clashes in building design and their solutions;

P8.     Observe, record, process and analyse Architectural aspects of non-UK based buildings;

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

T1.     Communicate professionally using a range of media;

T2.     Use ICT tools;     

T3.     Use mathematical skills appropriate to an engineer;

T4.     Work independently;

T5.     Work effectively as part of a team;

T6.     Manage projects and multiple team.

T7.     Work with limited and contradictory information;

T8.     Monitor, plan and reflect upon personal development and career development;

T9.     Articulate design solutions verbally and graphically.

4. Programme structure

Part A

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory Modules (120 Credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVA103

 

Structural Forms and Stress Analysis

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

CVA104

 

Mathematical Modelling of Structures

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

CVA105

 

Mechanical and Mathematical Principles of Fluid Mechanics

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

CVA106

Engineering Materials for Construction

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

CVA133

Professional Practice in Architectural Engineering

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

CVA134

Design and Professional Skills

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

 20

Part B - Degree Modules

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory Modules (120 Credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

NCVB005

Analysis and Design of Steel and Timber Structures

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

NCVB006

Analysis and Design of Concrete and Masonry Structures

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

CVBXXX

Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

CVBXXX

Designing for Wellbeing

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

CVBXXX

Integrated Design Project 1

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

CVB102

Soil Mechanics and Geology

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

Part C

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory Modules (110 Credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

NCVC007

Research Dissertation

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 20 credits)

30

CVCXXX

Control and Building Energy Networks

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

CVCXXX

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Electrical Systems

(Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

CVCXXX

Integrated Design Project 2

(Sem 1: 20 credits; Sem 2: 20 credits)

40

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules (10 Credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

NCVC002

 

Geotechnical Engineering

10

Part D

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory Modules (60 Credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVDXXX

Integrated Design Project 3

(Sem 1: 30 credits; Sem 2: 30 credits)

60

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules (15 credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVDXXX

Design and Project Management

15

Optional Modules (students may choose 15 Credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVP310

Thermal Modelling and 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM)

15

CVPXXX

Structural Dynamics & Earthquake Engineering

15

Semester 2

Compulsory Modules (15 Credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVDXXX

Manufacturing Automation for construction

15

Optional Modules (students may choose 15 Credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

CVP309

Low Energy Building Design

15

CVDXXX

Architectural Engineering Research Project

15

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1    In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, from Part C to D and to be eligible for the award of an Honours Degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but must also accumulate 120 credits in each Part to progress.

5.2    Candidates cannot progress from Part B to the DIS year until Part B progression requirements have been met.

5.3    Any candidate who fails to progress from Parts A or B may transfer to the appropriate Part of the BEng programme in Architectural Engineering before or after re-assessment, provided that the candidate has satisfied the progression requirements for that programme.

5.4    Any candidate who fails to progress from Part C may be awarded a BEng in Architectural Engineering with a classification based on the candidate’s performance in relevant Part B and C modules, using modules and weightings appropriate to the BEng Programme.

5.5    Any candidate who fails to qualify for the award of the Integrated Masters Degree in Part D may, at the discretion of the Examiners, be awarded a BEng in Architectural Engineering with a classification based on the candidate’s performance in Parts B and C using modular weightings appropriate to the BEng programme.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and D. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 20: Part C 40: Part D 40  to determine the final percentage mark.

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