Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module ARCH52615: Building Survey

Department: Archaeology

ARCH52615: Building Survey

Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To equip students with the nexessary theoretical knowledge and practical experience to conduct surveys of buildings and produce 2- and 3-dimensional representations of the results


Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
    • Students will have learned: Vector methods of recording three-dimensional structures
    • Production of three-dimensional models
    • Photographic techniques of recording and modelling
    • An appreciation of recording and interpreting historic buildings
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • Lectures, Problems of complexity in building recording; Laser techniques of measurement; Photographic techniques
      • Practicals, Processing 3D field records; Producing 3D models; Producing 3D models from photographs
      • Fieldwork, Building recording using laser instruments; Photographic recording of a building

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Lectures 3 one a week 1 3
      Tutorials 2 fortnightly 1 2
      Seminars 0
      Practicals 3 1 per week 2:00 6
      Fieldwork 2 fortnightly 2:00 4
      Preparation & Reading 0
      Other: 135
      Total 150

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Portfolio Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Essay 2,000 words 50%
      Report 10 pages max 50%

      Formative Assessment:

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University