ARC 4683 : ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY 3

COURSE INFORMATION
Fall 2000 / Grondzik


Lectures: Tu & Th 9:30-10:45 am Room 004 Architecture Building

Laboratory: Th 5:00-6:15 pm Room 004 Architecture Building

4 credit hours


Instructor: Walter T. Grondzik, PE; Professor

B-229 Architecture Building
phone: 599-8782
e-mail: gzik@polaris.net
office hours: as posted and announced in class -- and by appointment

Course Content: This course will focus on four important building environmental control systems that have not been addressed in detail in previous environmental technology courses: lighting, acoustical, electrical, and mechanized circulation systems.

Course Objectives: Architectural acoustics, lighting, and electrical systems are an integral part of ALL buildings, while mechanized circulation systems are critically important to the functioning of large buildings. Because these systems have serious first-cost, life-cycle-cost, performance, and satisfaction implications for building owners and users, it is important that the architecture graduate have a sufficient understanding of these systems to permit their proper application and successful integration in buildings. In general terms, this course is intended to develop a functional understanding of architectural lighting and acoustics, building electrical systems, and commonly encountered mechanized circulation systems. More specifically, the course is intended to provide an introduction to system types and functions, major components, basic design concepts and techniques, and system integration concerns.

Course Outcomes: A student who successfully completes this course should, with respect to the four major building systems to be explored:

Prerequisites: Successful completion (with a passing grade) of ARC 2470 (Introduction to the Technology of Architecture) and admission to third-year standing in the School of Architecture. ARC 3682 (ET 2) is NOT a prerequisite for this course.

Course Format: ARC 4683 is at heart a lecture-format course. Learning will likely occur primarily as a result of instructor-student interactions in class and laboratory. Required reading selections have been chosen and assigned to provide background knowledge to facilitate such interactions. Discussion of ideas developed in this course and their application to "architecture" is strongly encouraged -- both within and outside of class. The course laboratory sessions will be used to develop and discuss issues and concepts presented in lecture sessions. Applications of selected concepts will be developed through assignments.

Attendance: Classes will start on time. Regular class attendance is expected. A record of each student's attendance will be maintained, with cumulative attendance patterns affecting the overall course grade. A pattern of disregard for regular class attendance, and/or failure to attend in a timely manner, will result in a reduced attendance grade.

Time & Money: In addition to typical University tuition and book expenses, nominal additional costs will be incurred for materials and supplies required for the completion of assignments/projects. Transportation costs for local site visits may be incurred -- if opportunities for such visits develop. It is assumed, in a professional program such as Architecture, that each student will spend around 3 hours per week per credit hour on out-of-class activities (such as reading, assignments, studying, or preparing for exams). The development and/or refinement of efficient and effective study and work skills will greatly improve participants' educational outcomes.

Grading: Multiple measures will be used to assess student performance in this course. A grasp of "facts" will be tested via exams and quizzes. The ability to apply information in design situations will be assessed via assignments (and, to some extent, exams). Maintenance of a professional approach to learning and the ability to connect class discussion to real-world and studio experiences will also be considered.

Approximately 10 unannounced quizzes -- usually given at the beginning of class at the instructor's discretion -- will cover materials from recent lectures and/or current readings. These quizzes are a means of checking each student's progress in completing required reading assignments and in digesting information presented in lectures; thus they will focus on current issues, as opposed to comprehensive or retrospective concerns. In addition, the quizzes are intended to serve as an incentive for regular class attendance and timeliness. A pattern of absences, lateness, or unpreparedness will reduce the quiz grade.

Exam One and Exam Two will be non-comprehensive, each covering approximately five weeks of course material. The Final Exam will be primarily non-comprehensive, but will include several questions requiring a comprehensive understanding and application of course materials.

Regular class attendance (including laboratory sessions) and assignment submission are considered a minimum foundation for successful course completion. Understanding the systems discussed in this course, and their connection to the broader arena of architecture, truly requires your reflection on concepts and the consideration of existing and potential applications for such systems. A portion of the course grade is intended to encourage you to engage the concepts presented in class -- as opposed to simply reacting to the lectures and/or readings.

Although no fixed evaluation weight is assigned to "discussion," an active record in this area will add to one's grade (and understanding of materials). The instructor reserves the right to call on any student by name to discuss current materials during lecture or laboratory sessions as a means of inducing discussion. Active participation during laboratory sessions is expected of all students and failure to participate in lab will negatively affect one's grade.

The overall semester course grade will be based upon a cumulative tabulation of the various individual performance items described above, weighted as per the following schedule:

Required Reading: Required readings (see syllabus) are generally from Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, 9th Edition: Stein and Reynolds, John Wiley, New York, 2000. Specific reading assignments are noted by page numbers. Other readings, noted as Reserve A, B and so on, may be found in a Course Notebook kept on reserve at the service desk in the Architecture Library. This notebook also contains sample exams. Required readings are to be read prior to the class meeting to which they relate.

Assignments: Several assignments will be made during the semester. Each will be described in writing and will have a specific due date. Assignments will be discussed in class (lecture or lab) at the time they are assigned. Work must be submitted in a format that reflects your status as a student in a professional architecture program -- this implies neat, legible, logically-organized work, and excludes torn or ragged sheets of paper, unintelligible writing, and/or indecipherable spelling. Specific data sources and/or other documentation used to complete assignments must be clearly noted. Presentation quality will affect grading -- as will the accuracy and completeness of content.

Course Policies: Submission of all course assignments is expected and all work is due on time. No work of any kind will be accepted after 5:00 pm on the last day of classes, unless specifically noted otherwise. Exams must be taken at the times announced, unless absence for reasonable cause is authorized in advance or verified by an official emergency medical excuse. Missed quizzes may be taken only upon receipt of a valid excuse. Requests for extra-credit or compensatory work to make up for missing assignments or quizzes will not be considered.

Group discussion of course assignments is acceptable and is encouraged . Such discussion, which can be very educational, has its limits, however. Any work submitted for grading must be the individual product of the student who submits the work -- reflecting a personal exercise of judgement regarding accuracy, quality, and completeness. Copying another's work for submission as your own is grounds for a failing grade and the basis for potential referral to School of Architecture academic honesty grievance procedures.

In fairness to other students in the course, in order to properly schedule reviews of exams and assignments, and as a means of fostering a professional attitude toward planning and scheduling work, due dates for all assignments will be rigidly enforced. Any scheduled assignment that is submitted late will be assessed a late penalty as follows: up to 7 days late -- 5% of the earned grade per day (or partial day) of lateness; more than 7 days late -- NO credit.

If unforeseen and/or uncontrollable circumstances during the semester make it impossible for you to fully participate in course activities as scheduled, such a situation must be brought to the instructor's attention immediately -- delayed requests for compassionate consideration will not be accepted. Any request for deviation from published due dates must be made in a timely manner and be agreed to in writing.