This module introduces basic drawing and presentational skills and techniques required in architectural design. The primary goal of this module is to introduce the fundamental architectural drawing skills. The aim is to develop students’ skills and techniques in freehand sketching, drawing and rendering. It will build on these basic skills with the use of 2D and 3D modelling software tools for architectural documentation and presentation. Computer-aided design standards for architectural symbols, drawing conventions, line colouring, and layering systems will be covered. Students will be able to use digital presentation tools to develop skills in visual composition and presentation. Students will be introduced to digital software tools which are essential to explore representations on a contemporary and critical level. The module will highlight techniques that will prepare the students to use digital software as a primary communication tool. This knowledge can be used for highly descriptive as well as transformative applications in the context of design and technical coursework.
This module focuses on intuitive and analytical exploration of the nature of basic processes, material properties and the forms and structures they generate. Emphasis is on geometry of architecture, employing physical modelling in creating such structures and the knowledge and understanding of basic structural design. Building components including foundation, floor, roof, walls, stairs, doors and windows will be covered. Students will be able to apply the concepts and behaviour of simple building structures and its components, and the design potential of building materials in response to structural and environmental forces.
This module focuses on Building Information Modelling (BIM) concepts, fundamentals, processes and developing strategic skills for BIM project planning and implementation. It will focus on BIM technologies and applications for effective design analysis, product design and construction coordination and holistic facility management. BIM standards, guidelines and strategies for BIM project planning, implementation and coordination will be covered. Students will be able to apply the techniques of BIM using standard industry software, as well as associated processes including good model building practice, model auditing, model exchange technologies and interoperability, design analysis and design presentation, both documentation and visualisation. Students will be able to prepare the architectural documents using BIM for formal submissions as required by the relevant authorities.
This module introduces students to the visual, vocal and verbal elements of an effective presentation. Students are taught how to prepare a speech using visual aids and deliver it with confidence. The module provides many opportunities for students to make presentations, including making an informative speech and a sales presentation of their work. This would require the students to develop their ideas and structuring the content to form a strong sales presentation.
This module deals with topics in building materials and construction technologies. The module addresses the design and building with prefabrication using precast concrete technology and other natural and processed materials and architectural detailing for effective building and construction performance. The fundamentals of various reinforced concrete structures and architectural elements, basement construction and lightweight metal architectural components will be covered. This includes steel-framed and composite construction, lightweight roof and façade cladding technologies which are introduced to proprietary systems like dry wall partitions and sun shading devices. Students will be able to design various building components.
This module provides the fundamental knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems associated with buildings. It covers water system, sanitary, drainage, gas supply, air-conditioning system, electrical supply and communication systems. It also focuses on the interior environment of buildings, and how comfort is designed and maintained. Topics include site analysis, solar orientation, heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and acoustics. Special emphasis will be placed on natural systems, energy efficiency and other issues of sustainability. In addition, codes of practice, including fire safety, and considerations on sustainable environment will be addressed. Students will be able to design appropriate solutions in response to its environment.
This module provides students with an introductory overview of architectural design history and theory. It introduces theories, concepts and precedents in architecture with emphasis on traditional and contemporary values and approaches to architectural design. The module illustrates the potential of design as a creative problem solving in the built environment. This module introduces the history of modern architectural and space design, as well as designers who had contributed in shaping the development/trend of design history. The aim is to widen students’ perspective of what constitute a well-designed idea/item, thereby increases their ability to examine design in a more critically constructive manner. This module also provides a basic understanding of major trends in the development of cities and their architecture. In addition, the interactions between architectural and social/communities issues will be explored/discussed. Students are expected to grasp and understand the necessary glossary on architectural terms. Students will be able to apply architectural theory to practice through the completion of a project.
The Studio modules provide a conceptual framework for architectural design foundation with an exploration of fundamental design principles. They form a series of design assignments structured to provide a complete design process where students are expected to apply techniques/skills accumulated through different stages of learning into actual applications. Specialised/topical themes and problems are used to challenge students’ creativity where they are expected to apply what they have learnt in a progressive manner. Lecturers and instructors provide close supervision to reinforce learning. Students shall also practice their communication ability in presenting and explaining their concept to the target audience. The development of team work is another important aspect of this module.
To provide you an all-rounded education, NYP offers General Studies Modules (GSMs). So besides taking modules related directly to your chosen diploma course, you will get exposed to areas beyond your usual field of study. Through a combination of prescribed and elective inter-disciplinary GSMs, you will gain interesting, practical knowledge that can be beneficial to you as you prepare for the world of work and life after graduation.
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