Human Environmental Science

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Environmental Science

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, Environmental Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    SARC 121; Students must provide a portfolio of work for pre-approval before International Orientation and Enrolment week at Victoria University of Wellington. Students can only submit portfolios in a CD, PDF, website or propger booklet format. Printouts are strongly discouraged. The portfolio must be an acurate representation of the student's skill set to date.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The methods of achieving building environmental conditions that relate to the requirements of building users. The course covers climatic analysis and specifications of the environmental performance of buildings, together with the thermal, visual, acoustic, and aerodynamic principles of building elements; plus the services systems required to control and maintain these conditions.

    The focus of this course is people: their desires for qualities of the built environment which inspire and support the spirit as well as meeting basic shelter and workplace performance minima. Architects and Interior Architects need to have a sound grasp of the relationships between built form and the qualities of the designed environment in which people live, work and play. They are society?s experts in the conceptualisation of built form and need to understand how to make it fun and enjoyable to live and work in. Predicting the interaction between site, climate and this built form is the fundamental focus of this course. The course covers climatic analysis and specifications of the environmental performance of buildings, together with the thermal, visual, acoustic, and aerodynamic principles of building elements.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1 Apply the principles of bioclimatic design to the definition of appropriate luminous, acoustics and thermalenvironments created by the built environment (inside and outside).
    2 Evaluate spaces used for various auditory, luminous and thermal purposes against the principles of environmental interaction of materials and the environment.
    3 Select and apply appropriate means of analysis of the environmental performance of buildings using mathematical, 3D model and graphic techniques.
    4a Write,
    4b Summarise & reports analyzing the relationship between the science of building design and the poetic and pragmatic performance of a building.
    4c Present

    The focus of this course is on learning to manage your time effectively and to provide practice in developing technical report writing skills. To this end you will write four reports on four different topics: external environments; thermal environments; luminous environments; and aural environments. Completion of the tutorials will earn 40% of the total grade in each assignment. The reports will be assessed against these four learning objectives as you learn what is a reasonable standard for a professional quality report.

    Project 1: External Environment 19%
    Project 2: Thermal Environment 27%
    Project 3: Acoustic Environment 27%
    Project 4: Illuminated Environment 27%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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