Course syllabus

Arkitektur, baskurs D (åk 1)
Architecture, Basic Course D1

AAHA30, 18 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 3
Date of Decision: 2012-04-20

General Information

Main field: Architecture.
Compulsory for: A1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


One of four basic courses during the student’s first two years, this course aims to give him or her step-by-step a basic knowledge and ability to use an architect’s equipment and understand the arts of giving architectural form and perceiving spatial conditions, and how individual buildings and towns are technically built and used.

The student learns how with these means to give form to buildings and built environments in a spatial context by working and investigating creatively, to take account of various factors in expressing architectural ideas; and to use drawings, sketches, models, written texts and images to communicate with others.

This basic course (D) emphasizes the urban building’s relationships to the architectural conditions of the town in which it is located.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

individually, but with support from a teacher

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

individually, but with support from a teacher

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

individually, but with support from a teacher


Teaching proceeds in lectures, projects, exercises, seminars, study trips, workshops and written work. The main emphasis is on teaching students to consider and present what they have learned in the form of drawings, models, sketches, images, texts and other relevant media. At the end of each term each student’s work is assembled in a portfolio that is used in a pedagogic discussion with him or her.

The projects and exercises of the course focus on giving form to public buildings and their immediate surroundings. Each student shall investigate a building’s functional, cultural and aesthetical qualities, the qualities of how it is designed, and how it relates to its location and context.

The course can include consideration of access to public buildings by physically-handicapped persons; theories of colour; theory; installation technology; exercises in digital presentation; relationships between buildings and their surrounding landscapes; and resolutions of questions about material that can affect architects and their work; as a consequence, the contents of the course can vary as between the three studios.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: To obtain a passing mark each student shall have made all submissions required; and handed in, and got approved, all projects and exercises and collected in a portfolio for the term in question. In addition he or she shall have achieved at least an approved result on each examination; attended at least eighty per cent of all lectures, workshops and pre-arranged exercises with assistants in drafting and in learning to use computers. Examinations shall be made of individual and group-based work. To achieve a passing mark a student must have submitted and got approved his or her material, including all projects and exercises. In addition he or she must have attended at least eighty per cent of lectures, workshops and pre-arranged exercises with assistants in the drafting studio and in training on computers. The examination is of both individual and group work. Having been submitted before the date of the examination, project material is examined when the student presents it orally to his or her fellow students and their teachers who form for the occasion an assessment group. Within three working days, the student is informed whether his or her project has Passed or Failed. Should it Fail, the examiner shall inform the student what is needed to achieve a Pass, and the student may be re-examined once he or she has done what is necessary. Other exercises can be examined in for example a seminar, a conversation with an examiner, or in writing.


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: AAH145, AAHF05

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: univ.lektor Tomas Tägil,
Course coordinator: univ.lektor Mats Hultman,
Course coordinator: univ.adjunkt Tina-Henriette Kristiansen,
Course coordinator: univ.adjunkt Nina Falk Aronsen,
Course homepage:
Further information: One of four basic courses given the first and second year, this course is given in alternating years. Content and aim is shared with Architecture Basic course D2, though the learning outcomes differ. The course will be given next time in the spring term 2013.