The main objective of this programme is to train and prepare architects for effective professional practice in Ghana and elsewhere The programme is also designed to equip the participants with the requisite perception and skills for the comprehensive analysis design and implementation of architectural and rural and urban design. projects of varying complexity and scale research.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE (COURSE CONTENT)
The Postgraduate Diploma programme is of two years duration It consists of both taught courses (in the first year) and a research (design) project in the final year The core of the programme is based on the Architectural Design course in the form of a workshop- This is aptly supported with lectures, seminars. practicals and field studies from the following subject areas.
(a) Architectural Design Theory
(b) Architectural Science
(c) Computers in Environmental Design / Architecture
(d) Conservation and Restoration
(e) Construction Technology
(f) Landscape Architecture
(g) Professional Practice
(h) Urban Design
ADMISSION (ENTRY REQUIREMENTS)
Students who have completed the B,Sc, degree course in Architecture or its equivalent and are deemed to be of sufficient merit and who wish to be enrolled as practicing Architects in Ghana, may be accepted for the Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture programme Normally, applicants must also satisfy the Departmental requirement of at least one year relevant field or practical experience in a recognized architectural practice after the bachelor's degree.
REQUlREMENT FOR GRADUATION
A candidate may be deemed to have completed the Postgraduate Diploma programme if he/she passes all the assessments ( examinations, essays, courses) he/she is pursuing after having duly participated in/attended the lecturers, seminars and practicals for tutorial instructions for a minimum
total credit hours of 74 over a two-year period Elective courses with a total of 2 credit. hours are provided only in the first year of the postgraduate programme These are marked with asterisks in the course outline given below.
YEAR ONE: SEMESTER ONE
Course No Title Credit Hours
ARC 587 Construction Technology 9
Architectural Science 9
Architectural Design 9
Urban Design 5
Design Economics Seminar 2
Building Services 5
Architectural Design Theory
Computers in Environmental Design 5
Conservation and Restoration 5
Professional Practice and
Architectural Management 2
Landscape Architecture 1 2
Total Credit Hours 18 -21
YEAR ONE: SEMESTER TWO
Course No Title Credit Hours
ARC 588 Construction Technology 10
Architectural Science 10
Architectural Design 10
Urban Design 6
Building Services 6
Architectural Design Theory 10
Computers in Environmental Design 6
Conservation and Restoration 6
Professional Practice and Architecture Management 2
Landscape Architecture 2 2
Total Credit Hours 18 -21
YEAR TWO: SEMESTER ONE
Course No Title Credit Hours
ARC 685 ARC 653 Construction Technology Workshop I
ARC 657 Design Thesis (Research) Project I
ARC 675 Architectural Design Theory 2
ARC 685 Seminar on Research Methodology 4 3
Total Credit Hours = 19
YEAR TWO: SEMESTER TWO
Course No Title Credit Hours
ARC 658 Design Thesis (Research/Project) 2 19
Total Credit Hours = 19
ARC 553: CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY 9 (Credit Hours: 2)
This course is concerned with special technological problems of the design process, particularly in the areas of construction detailing and supervision of building projects, together with the Professional experience.
Design and detailing of built-in fittings. Laboratory fittings for schools and hospitals specification writing. Bills of Quantities and Contract Documents. Design co-ordination and management, including analysis of stages of design from project inception up to contract. Site orgarnization and contractors' equipment. Advanced external works, include:
(a) design and detailing of decorative ponds and swimming pools
(b) hard landscaping
(c) driveways, carports, etc.
(d) fences and flag poles, etc.
ARC 554 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY 10 (Credit Hours: 2)
This course follows ARC 553 and introduces the students to advanced construction technologies for complex building projects.
*Design and detailing of flues and chimneys (industrial)
*Design and detailing of ducts and chutes
*Long span rooting structures
* Structural steelwork
*Special details of complex buildings.
ARC 555 ARC ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCE 9 (Credit Hours: 2)
To introduce student to the basic principles of air-conditioning and refrigeration which he applies in a major building design
BASIC PRINCIPLES OF AIR-CONDITIONING:
Definitions. Full and partial air conditioning. Comfort and industrial air conditioning. Psychrometry: properties of air and water vapour mixtures.
Estimation of cooling loads; fresh air load, latent heat load, sensible heat load, duct heat gain and fan power heat gain. External and internal heat gains. Principles of mechanical refrigeration, refrigeration cycle; cooling systems -direct expansion and indirect or chilled water systems. Refrigerants and their properties. Components of an air conditioning system cooling (or heating) section; filtration, types of filters, air distribution equipment and controls.
ARC 556 ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCE 10 (Credit Hours: I)
Application of air conditioning in studio programmes
AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS
Packaged units -room unit air conditioners, split. or remote systems. Central Plant Systems -low velocity (single duct system); High velocity systems -dual (or double) duct system, perimeter induction system, fan coil unit and chilled ceilings. Water-cooling towers. Design and sizing of ducts; equal friction and velocity methods. Economics of air conditioning. Acoustic problems in air conditioning. Lighting problems in air conditioning. Air handling lighting fittings. Integrated environmental design. Lighting, thermal and acoustic design criteria.
ARC 557 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 9 (Credit Hours: 4)
The aim of this studio course in the Postgraduate Diploma programme is to introduce students to a variety of architectural and planning problems of sufficient complexity for analysis and solution. The Architectural Design course which is the core of the Postgraduate programme provides the framework for integration of the theoretical knowledge acquired from the lecture courses through execution of a design project. Emphasis is placed on comprehensive urban rehabilitation and redevelopment schemes and urban housing.
DESIGN seminar on major issues of urban rehabilitation and redevelopment, especially on activity system and the total physical environment
* Field surveys of selected areas of study (target areas)
* Capture and managet11ent of relevant planning and design data of the target area.
* Preparation of analysis, synthesis and development proposals for the study area.
* Elaboration of proposed scheme designs and evaluation of the entire design process.
ARC 558 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 10 (Credit Hours: 6)
This course focuses on advanced design projects, which are based largely on a theme of local or national importance. It is usually concerned with the comprehensive analysts and design of modern medium scale industrial complexes and public buildings such as schools, hospitals, hotels, offices, cultural centres, etc.
Design seminar on public buildings and industrial complexes.
* Field surveys and investigation of all relevant environmental factors, structural systems, construction specifications, activity constraints on development and economic considerations.
* Development of design brief, outline proposals and scheme designs.
* Preparation of production information drawings and other pertinent details.
* Evaluation of design projects.
Emphasis will also be placed on quality of site planning, installation design and layout, construction systems, environmental control measures and economics of the design. Consideration is further given to the maintenance and management systems of the project as well as the relationship of the initial capital outlay to the costs in use.
ARC 559 URBAN DESIGN 5 (Credit Hours: 2)
Introduction to concepts of urbanism (sociological and economic importance of the urban way of life) and urban design.
Elements of urban structure. Urban Modeling, Urban analysis, synthesis and design. Landscape design. Industrial location and development.
ARC 560 URBAN DESIGN 6 (Credit Hours : 2)
Application of principles of urban design, urban land development, and organization of implementation.
Residential differentiation and housing, Analysis and design of
(a) urban movement systems .
(b) shopping systems
(c) recreational systems
(d) health systems and
(e) educational systems.
Urban or municipal supply systems and utilities. Practical sessions and workshop.
ARC 563 DESIGN ECONOMICS SEMINAR (Credit Hours: 2)
This course introduces students to advanced issues in design economics that are pertinent in resolving problems of cost in use and cost planning during the design process. It also deals with the dual subject of profitability and feasibility of actual design projects which may be carried out in the studio.
Seminar papers on selected topics of relevance to environmental designers. This seminar is related to ARC. 557 and ARC 558.
ARC 567 BUILDING SERVICES 3 (Credit Hours : 1)
This course is intended to equip the student with basic knowledge of the various utilities services, which constitute a vital part of modern building planning and design.
The Course also considers the design and installation of services in multi-storey buildings in terms of the relation of services to environmental structural and general architectural requirements.
COURSE CONTENT: WATER SUPPLY
Special problems of offices, public buildings. hospitals and laboratories in relation to economics of supply and distribution of water
-Mains water supply,
-Cold water storage and distribution
-Management of rain-water
-Disposal of sewage
-Disposal of garbage
-Disposal of bacteriological wastes
-Recycling of wastes
ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION
-Basic wiring systems for large installations
-Design of ducts, trunking systems, conduits, etc
ARC 508 BUILDING SERVICES 6 ( Credit Hours: 1)
This course is concerned with service systems and the integration of these services with other components of complex buildings, Particular emphasis is given to the types of decisions architects have to make regarding systems of communication and transmission of information, regulations: bye-laws and standards on services,
Coordination of building services with structural planning and other requirements.
-Fire and lighting protection of buildings
-Mechanical conveyor systems:
(a) lifts, escalators, Paternosters, etc.
(b) lift traffic analysis
(c) Space requirements
(d) lift calculations
(e) mechanical details
-Information transmission systems
-Estimation of general demand requirements for service design
-Operation and maintenance requirements of service systems.
ARC 575 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN THEORY 9 (Credit Hours: 2)
Architectural Design Theory offers a series of programmes in the theory of the design of buildings especially facilities for industries, health care delivery systems, education, worship, recreation and tourism, and mass transit termini.
The aims of the programme are to assist students to develop perception and creative thinking on special design issues and to gain experience and insight into the process of analyzing complex design problems in terms of their philosophical and thematic contents- as well as the technical and economic potentials and constraints. The entire course deals further with the analysis of building types and subsystems together with recognizable analogies for other complex buildings.
This includes the appreciation of interactions between similar subsystems. The course consists of three parts of two building typologies each which are designed for the first three semesters of the Postgraduate Diploma programme.
The course focuses on industrial architecture and buildings for religious worship
(a) First, the student is introduced to the problem of building for the Church or the Mosque through a study of the historical and theological backgrounds to building for religious worship. The relevant social, economic, political, cultural and environmental contexts of religious buildings are also examined. A study of current attitudes to and design possibilities for these religious buildings forms an essential part of this course.
(b) In the case of buildings for industry, the student is introduced to the processes of industrialization, industrial location and the design process for factories. The course also focuses on site planning production processes, external and internal circulation patterns, supply and services, safety and security requirements, environmental control, welfare facilities, administrative requirements, quality control and now product development, maintenance requirements, legislative constraints to design as well as general space utilization.
A requirement of this course is a detailed report (Project Report) of field .trips to selected industrial establishments.
ARC 576 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN THEORY 10 (Credit Hours: 2)
This course introduces the student to the problems and solutions which relate to the creation of all types of educational and health facilities.
Past and present trends in health care delivery systems and. their impact on health buildings.
-The evaluation of educational systems and their developmental requirements for environmental design.
-Capital cost effects and costs in use to be examined in the context of specific economic, social, political and cultural conditions.
-Lectures are supported with field trips and seminars.
ARC 577 COMPUTERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN 5 (Credit Hours:2 )
The main aim of this course is to introduce students to advanced concepts of' computer programming and their applications to problem solving in environmental design
(a) Interactive programming
(b) Operating systems
(c) File handling
(d) Data structures
(e) Computer graphics, including
-graphics languages :
-display devices and display files
-refreshed screen graphics
-use of graphical equipment as input/output devices
(f) Application of FORTRAN and Computer graphics in environmental design projects.