INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture
2015-2016

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 104 Introduction to Architecture Undergraduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 4 2 + 2 124 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Erna Husukić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Erna Husukic Erna Husukić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course offers a foundation for a general understanding of architecture. The program is structured to provide students basic knowledge of architectural composition with different aspects of design, history and theory and practice of architecture. Concurrent with the lectures, practical sessions provide additional support in experiencing architecture which encounter the student a broad survey of vocabularies and conceptual processes in architecture.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
• Give students fundamental knowledge of architectural composition
• Introducing the students to methods of analyzing design language
• Provide information about the importance, logic and purpose of environmental, functional, etc. factors influencing design
• Explore techniques of architectural representation
• Develop mindfulness of students about the character of architecture as profession
• Introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of architectural structures and construction

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction
  2. Architecture as Identification of Place
  3. Basic Elements of Architecture. Form.
  4. Aspects of Form
  5. The Analyzing Architecture. Form and Space.
  6. Space and Function. ”Commodity” Building Function. Organization and Circulation.
  7. Architecture and Building. ”Firmness” Structure or How Does the Building Stand Up? Materials and Construction.
  8. Midterm
  9. ”Delight” Seeing Architecture. Visual Perception.
  10. Geometry in Architecture. Proportion and Scale.
  11. Modifying elements of architecture. Color. Light. Texture. Time.
  12. • The History and Meaning of Architecture. The Beginnings of Architecture. A timeline of Architectural Influences
  13. • The History and Meaning of Architecture. The Beginnings of Architecture. A timeline of Architectural Influences
  14. • The History and Meaning of Architecture. The Beginnings of Architecture. A timeline of Architectural Influences
  15. Course Overview

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction

  1. Visual language. Architectural sketches
  2. Diagrammatic Thought
  3. Generic and Specific Form
  4. Arhitectural Analysis
  5. Arhitectural Analysis
  6. Arhitectural Analysis
  7. Midterm
  8. Arhitectural Analysis
  9. Arhitectural Analysis
  10. Recognition of modfiying elements of architecture. Drawing motif
  11. Arhitectural Analysis
  12. Arhitectural Analysis
  13. Arhitectural Analysis
  14. Course Overview

TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
Description
  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Homework10
Midterm Exam(s)20
Term Paper30
Final Exam140
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts in architecture
  • Identify the major issues in the analysis of a building visually and formally, as well as how to relate architecture to broader cultural and social contexts
  • Understand the role of exploration, dialogue and diagramming in design process
  • Understand the role of exploration, dialogue and diagramming in design process
  • Develop confidence with the graphic and research design methodology for proposed a program and employ skills in scale and proportion, composition and form
  • Obtain drawing as a means of discovery and exploration
  • Develop abilities and skills of comparing, critical observing, analysing and evaluating of architectural works
  • Understand the fundamentals of building construction
TEXTBOOK(S)
  • Ching, Francis D., Architecture: Form, Space, & Order, 3rd Edition, Wiley, 2007
  • Unwin, S., Analysing Architecture, Routledge, 1997
  • Farrelly, L., The Fundamentals of Architecture. Ava Publishing , 2007
  • Conway, H., Understanding Architecture: An Introduction to Architecture and Architectural History, Routledge, 1997
  • Ching, Francis D., A Visual Dictionary of Architecture, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1997
  • James S. Curl, Dictionary of Architecture, Oxford, 1999

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15230
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11515
Preparation for Final Examination13030
Assignment / Homework/ Project11515
Seminar / Presentation 0
Total Workload: 124
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5