This module introduces theoretical concepts and methods, as well as practical techniques of computation in architectural design. The module includes coverage on foundations in computational geometry, principles of algorithmic design, and associative/parametric design. Through a series of active learning sessions and design exercises, students will be able to execute geometric modelling, visual programming, and reading and writing simple generative computer program scripts. This module will also build on the theoretical foundations of digital modelling and building performance simulation. It will enable students to develop a critical understanding of the digital tools and techniques used in the design process. Students will be able to apply the practical aspects of software scripting and development in modelling and environmental simulations, including solar, wind, climate, and energy analysis.
This module is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to use advanced 3D modelling and visualization tools for architectural design. Visualization and fabrication of 3D architectural models are achieved through virtual/augmented reality environments and additive manufacturing. Students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills to produce digital 3D animated walkthroughs and rapid prototyping of 3D models. Students will also learn digital methods and tools used in the architecture design and construction processes. The module includes the incorporation of BIM and virtual design and construction (VDC) technology. VDC technologies including 3D modelling, augmented reality, virtual reality, multi-disciplinary design optimization, laser scanning, and data management will be covered. Students will be able to develop virtual environments with the tools.
This module works as a continuation from Building Structures and Building Construction modules in Year 1. It aims to provide students with the learning of complex structural concepts from buildings to objects in relation to materiality and their detailing. Students will be able to construct hands-on structural prototypes with reference to the progression of human civilisation and its built environment. Materials and details of joineries are further explored in this module.
This module focuses on smart building systems. These include building analytics, management of efficient building (energy, water, air), management of channels of information in the building (voice, data, images), and the management of people and security in the building. This module covers the use of advanced building management systems. Students will be able to apply the basic understanding of various technologies, and their integration, in the design of smart urban solutions.
This module introduces students to the professional practices and standard codes used in the local industry. The module addresses the basic understanding of building policies. It also aims to introduce students to the range of agencies involved and provide students with an understanding of the statutory and regulatory bodies as an interlocking system of policy-political intervention. This module also introduces the students to the preparation of technical architectural and building documents and specifications. The module covers the statutory and regulatory codes, and the architectural and building regulations and contracts. Practical examples will be drawn from various residential, institutional and commercial developments. Students will be able to integrate the various statutory requirements into their studio projects.
This module introduces students to the broader contextual understanding of pertinent environmental design issues. Related topics in site planning, environmental concerns such as ecology, societies & environment eg: green considerations, aging society considerations, public amenities in environment design, management considerations for environmental design/planning, and sustainable design considerations will be covered and explored. The essentials and requirements in obtaining the Green Mark award, and the green building rating systems will be covered. Students will be able to apply knowledge on green building systems, selection of green building materials, costs and economic analysis of green buildings, and the various green building technologies to achieve a sustainable built environment. The module covers renewable energy design and systems, including active/passive solar energy strategies and systems, photovoltaics, fuel cells, wind energy and co-generation systems. The module also covers on technologies, including IoT and data analytics used in architectural design and planning. Students will be able to integrate the knowledge into a design project.
This module aims to identify key skills required for successful practice within the built environment. It also aims to instil and develop the discipline of project planning & management in students. Theory & methods of information gathering, scheduling & planning, research & resources planning, diagramming methods, and inter-personal skills form an integral part of the training. The focus is to cultivate the discipline and skills in critical path scheduling, resource allocation and design process consideration/execution. This module also covers the fundamental concepts of project management. It includes project scope, time, cost, risk, quality, safety, human resources management, communications and management of externalities. Students will be able to organise and set up an effective and efficient site, site organization and project management.
This module focuses on urban infrastructure including housing, water, energy, waste management, transportation, health, education, pollution and their relationship to the built environment. The module introduces students to the concepts of urban form, urban function, urban change and how urban spaces are designed through different urban design models. The module will include the study of urban development, urban transformation and urban design models, including traditional city, modern city, ecological city and smart city. Students will be able to apply concepts of how cities work and understand the urban infrastructure and the way cities are designed, and their ability to promote sustainability and equity in cities.
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 working is another important aspect of this module.
In today’s competitive environment, a strong personal brand sets one apart from others. In this module, learners will develop techniques to impress and persuade others to accept their ideas. They will also learn how to communicate effectively over email. To support their job search, learners will use digital portfolios to showcase their abilities, as well as gain the knowledge and skills to promote their capabilities in their cover letters and resumes. They will also acquire skills to project themselves positively and for performing well at interviews.
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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