COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Performance Spaces
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 390
Fall/Spring
2
2
3
4
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives Course Objectives The objective of this course is to introduce students basic knowledge about architectural acoustics. Integration of architectural acoustics knowledge in students’ architectural designs is aimed. Room acoustics and noise control are two main topics which will be covered in the lectures. In room acoustics part, students will learn how to design a hall considering surface materials and shapes to reach the required reverberation time values. Noise control part includes the segmentation of building elements and sound transmission. Combining both, students will design a multipurpose hall for music and speech. Students will also establish contact with acoustic material companies and bring information about selected materials to class. As an introduction to common acoustics software, demo version of Odeon software will be presented. Students are expected to make their own calculations in Excel and create necessary tables.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to understand basics of sound and architectural acoustics.
  • will make decisions on materials in conference halls and auditoriums to improve acoustics.
  • will design the geometry of a concert hall and all of its elements (e.g. reflecting, absorbing and diffusing materials).
  • will have knowledge about building elements’ (e.g. walls, ceilings, floors, etc.) layers and how to improve their sound reduction values.
  • will be able to calculate the reverberation time in halls.
Course Description Course is organized to make students understand how to integrate acoustics with architectural design. Lectures about room acoustics and noise control will be given. Readings about sound, music and soundscapes will be supplied and discussions will be held. Each student will be asked to bring material samples or catalogues from acoustic material companies. Students will be expected to design their own multipurpose hall by drawings and calculations. They will propose an initial design and improve it throughout the semester. The project submission is going to include information about sound absorption coefficients of materials, reverberation time, geometry of the hall and the layers of the building elements. A site visit to a mastering studio, where students can observe different surface materials in a room, is a part of this class.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Required Materials
1 Introduction to the contents and scope of the course
2 Building physics, sound and architectural acoustics Given readings
3 Room acoustics Given readings
4 Room acoustics Given readings
5 Room acoustics + Quiz 1 Given readings
6 Site visit
7 Acoustic materials Material samples
8 Noise control Given readings
9 Noise control Given readings
10 Noise control + Quiz 2 Given readings
11 Student Projects Multipurpose hall drawings and calculations
12 Student Projects Multipurpose hall drawings and calculations
13 Student Projects Multipurpose hall drawings and calculations
14 Student Projects Multipurpose hall drawings and calculations
15 Student Projects Multipurpose hall drawings and calculations
16 Review of the Semester
Course Notes/Textbooks
  • Barron, M. (2010). Auditorium Acoustics and Architectural Design. (2nd ed.) New York: Spon Press.
  • Beranek, L.L. (1962). Music, Acoustics and Architecture. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Beranek, L. L. (2004). Concert Halls and Opera Houses: Music, Acoustics and Architecture. (2nd ed.) New York: Springer.
  • Cavanaugh, W. J., Tocci, G. C., & Wilkes, J. A. (2010). Architectural Acoustics: Principles and Practice. (2nd ed.) New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Everest, F. A., & Pohlmann, K. C. (2009). Master Handbook of Acoustics. (5th ed.) New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Long, M. (2014). Architectural Acoustics. (2nd ed.) London: Elsevier Academic Press.
  • Mehta, M., Johnson, J., & Rocafort, J. (1999). Architectural Acoustics: Principles and Design. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • Rossing, T. D. (2007). Springer Handbook of Acoustics. New York: Springer Science + Business Media.  
  • Schafer, R. M. (1994). The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World. (2nd ed.) Rochester: Destiny Books.
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
2
30
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
1
20
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
50
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
4
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
2
32
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
2
Study Hours Out of Class
16
1
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
2
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
1
6
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
20
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exams
    Total
106

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

Ability to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in architecture.

X
2

Ability to understand, interpret and evaluate architectural concepts and theories.

X
3

Ability to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of architecture.

 

X
4

Critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and to direct self-education.

X
5

Ability to communicate architectural ideas and proposals for solutions to architectural problems in visual, written and oral form.

X
6

Ability to support architectural thoughts and proposals for solutions to architectural problems with qualitative and quantitative data and to communicate these with specialists and non-specialists.

X
7

Ability to use a foreign language to follow developments in architecture and to communicate with colleagues.

X
8

Ability to use digital information and communication technologies at a level that is adequate to the discipline of architecture.

X
9

Being equipped with social, scientific and ethical values in the accumulation, interpretation and/or application of architectural data.

X
10

Ability to collaborate with other disciplines that are directly or indirectly related to architecture with basic knowledge in these disciplines.

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 

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