KA6031 - Heritage And Conservation

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the principles of protecting, maintaining and conserving buildings of value and significance. You will develop an appreciation of the importance of historic buildings as part of our cultural heritage and of the legislation that has been enacted to protect them. You will gain specialist knowledge that will enable you to work with historic buildings, designing appropriate alterations, repairs and conservation work enhancing your employability. Topics covered include:

• Methods for surveying and recording historic buildings.
• Philosophy of conservation including the use of appropriate materials and repair techniques in accordance with Historic England Principles of Repair.
• Adaptation and re-use of redundant historic buildings.
• Historic property management.
• Legislation, guidance and dealing with heritage at risk.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, site visits, workshops directed reading and independent reading. Lectures will cover the theoretical principles of the subject area, while seminars will allow you to develop your knowledge and ideas through small group exercises and discussion. As there is a rich variety of listed and other historic buildings within short walking distance of the campus, you will have the opportunity to see and discuss significant buildings first hand during seminars and site visits. Workshop sessions will enable you to build on your surveying skills from the previous level to explore the potential of specialist methods of measurement and recording such as laser scanning and digital 3D photogrammetry that link in to BIM (Building Information Modelling).

If you are in employment your workplace will be the main learning environment, in effect acting as a framework for heritage and conservation. However, tutor support will be available via drop-in sessions throughout the module study period. If you are in employment it is recognised that there is the need for modes of blended learning delivery, experiential assessment, and opportunities to combine work and study through independent study, embedded learning opportunities, and relevant communications technologies. Lecture capture will be used to elaborate on the content contained in any teaching material along with audio recording and notes to support presentations on key topics.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Seminars will include small group exercises and discussions where interaction and support from your peers will be encouraged. Your tutor will provide formative feedback on exercises and discussion points that will help you to prepare for your assessed work. Further reading is a vital aspect of learning in this module and a comprehensive online reading resource will be provided through the e-learning portal for the module. You may ask questions and enter into discussion with your peers outside formal teaching via the module online discussion board, or you may contact the tutor directly for support and guidance.

If you are in employment your workplace will be the main learning environment, however, tutor support will be available via drop-in sessions throughout the module study period. The eLP, telephone and email will be used as a means of communication once the initial briefings have taken place and work-based visits will be made by tutors if appropriate.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO1: You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the architectural and historic significance of our built heritage.
• MLO2: You will be able to apply your knowledge of legislation, planning policy guidance and national heritage organisation guidance to provide appropriate advice to clients.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO3: You will be able to specify suitable materials and technologies for the repair and conservation of historic buildings.
• MLO4: You will be able to employ the principles of conservation to the design of appropriate alterations for the successful adaptation and re-use of redundant historic buildings.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO5: You will be able to discuss the ethics and philosophy of the conservation of built cultural heritage.

How will I be assessed?

This module will be assessed through coursework and final examination, both worth 50% of the module mark.

You will carry out a survey of an historic building and research its history. You will produce a report (maximum 3000 words) describing the historic features and either proposing a repair strategy or an alteration to the building. This will test MLOs 1 and 2 in every case and either MLO3 or MLO4 depending on the option chosen.

You will sit a 3 hour unseen, closed book examination at the end of the academic year. The examination will test all the learning outcomes of the module.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Heritage and Conservation will introduce you to the specialist area of conservation of historic buildings. This is a very important area of Building Surveying practice and a good understanding will enhance your employability. You will learn about the value and significance of historic buildings as part of our cultural heritage and the importance of the legislation and official guidance in protecting heritage buildings at risk. You will develop an understanding of the principles of conservation and the appropriate materials, methods and technologies for repair. The teaching draws on the expertise of staff who have worked in the field and you will get the opportunity to visit a number of interesting case study buildings. The assessed work involves carrying out a survey of an historic building, making an appraisal, designing repair or alteration work and writing a professional report.

If you are in employment your workplace will act as a framework for heritage and conservation to develop your skills and knowledge.

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the principles of protecting, maintaining and conserving buildings of value and significance. You will develop an appreciation of the importance of historic buildings as part of our cultural heritage and of the legislation that has been enacted to protect them. You will gain specialist knowledge that will enable you to work with historic buildings, designing appropriate alterations, repairs and conservation work enhancing your employability. Topics covered include:

• Methods for surveying and recording historic buildings.
• Philosophy of conservation including the use of appropriate materials and repair techniques in accordance with Historic England Principles of Repair.
• Adaptation and re-use of redundant historic buildings.
• Historic property management.
• Legislation, guidance and dealing with heritage at risk.

Course info

UCAS Code K230

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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