AAR4950 - Programming and Evaluation of Buildings


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100 1 semesters ALLE

Course content

The course will give an introduction to and knowledge about methods and tools for analyzing and defining needs and requirements for an organisation, and evaluation of building in use for learning and knowledge transfer. Weight will be on a basic understanding of the relation between an organisation, its users and the physical environments regarding the overall vision and objectives for the organisation. The course will focus on the programming process, which extend from the very first project idea with needs- and activity analysis, up to completed building program. The topics covered: the contents of a program, which actors are participating, obtaining and analysing information and different working methods/ techniques which are used in the programming process, the content of a program document according to NS 3455 (Building Function Table). Different techniques used for evaluation of buildings after completion, are examined. The course will review various techniques for evaluation of buildings in use as the basis for programming of new buildings, and assessment and reprogramming of existing buildings. There will be an emphasis on case studies and workshops related to the theory presented. The project assignment includes analysis of program and framework for a building project, and / or an evaluation of a building in use.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE - the student • has in-depth knowledge about different programs, the content and the relation to the Construction process as a whole • has good knowledge about different programming methods and systems for structuring information to analyze and define the requirements / needs of a business • has in-depth knowledge of the concept usability, framework that can be used and methods for evaluating buildings in use ABILITY - the student • can conduct analyzes of a business, an organization, the work processes and the physical environment • is able to evaluate the usability based on the methods and tools presented in the course • can analyze findings and make a comprehensive assessment of the usability related to a business' objectives • can use relevant theories and empiry to discuss findings and make recommendations on improvements based on this GENERAL COMPETENCE - the student • has an overall understanding of the interaction between an organization, users and the physical environment in relation to the overall objectives of the organization • has an understanding of how different relationships related to organization, technology, physical environment and other factors affect the usability • has a good understanding of the relation between programming and evaluation, and how to use experiences from buildings in use • can use relevant academic terms and expressions and disseminate results from project work both in a structured and clear manner

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, workshops and case studies. Exercises and project assignment primarily as group work, but individual work can be considered if there are special reasons.

Further on evaluation

Grades are given on the basis of the completed project assignment. The assignment may consist of multiple submissions where the different parts can be assessed individually regarding the total grading. The assignment is normally carried out as group work with a common grade for the group. You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Architecture (MAAR2)
Facility Management (MAEIENDOM)
Physical Planning (MFYSPL)

Course materials

Hansen, G K (2019) Samspillet i byggeprosessen. Fagbokforlaget.

NS3455 Bygningsfunkjsonstabellen

Different course material and selected textbooks.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architectural Design and Management
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Planning


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Assignment 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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