2023-2024 / ARCH3331-1

Technology of the built environment 6 - completion and sociotechnical issues


40h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in architecture5 crédits 


Julie Neuwels, Jean-Philippe Possoz


Julie Neuwels

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


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Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course completes the bachelor level training in building technology. To do this, it is structured around two components: by completions and socio-technical. The theoretical contributions of these two parts are supplemented by an optional exercise entitled "Project development: Synthesis".

The "Interior finishing: issues and technicality" section completes the envelope construction, structure and technical networks courses. It deals with the constructive dimensions specific to the "second work" and the multi-performance issues related to the choices made by the architect for the interior finishing of the building and their implementation.
The following are discussed:
- Heavy and light fixed partitions, counter partitions, ducts, removable and mobile partitions;
- Doors and interior woodwork;
- Screeds and floor coverings;
- Complex ceilings and suspended ceilings;
- Staircases and elevators.

The "Sociotechnical aspects of efficient housing" section completes the lessons relating to the comfort and energy performance of buildings. It deals with the relationship between living and technical systems related to comfort and energy, through a sociotechnical focus on the dynamics of mutual adjustment that are played. Particular attention is paid to the consequences and issues related to the recent rise of energy performance standards in the construction sector. It covers :
- Introduction to sociotechnics and current events on the subject;
- Designed spaces and comfort ;
- Spaces and comfort experienced / built ;
- Socio-anthropology of the relationship between inhabitants and energy;
- Debates, issues and perspectives concerning the technical/architectural relationship;
- Debates, issues and perspectives concerning the indoor climate of buildings;
- Debates, issues and perspectives concerning the relationship with the inhabitants.

The reflective exercise "Projecting: Synthesis" consists of testing and reflecting on the work developed as part of the architecture workshop course by mobilizing tools, concepts and reasoning seen in class and more broadly the skills acquired during the bachelor's degree in building technology.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Upon completion of the completions track, the student will be able to:
- Insert a finishing material in a network of actors and resources, and derive a capacity to prescribe;
- Describe and explain, using appropriate terms and representations, the role and characteristics of a building completion system and its interaction with the structural system and networks;
- To mobilize, with a critical eye, adequate documentary resources to characterize the materials and implementations of the elements of completion of a building;
- Identify and explain the performance issues related to the choice and implementation of a finishing system for a given situation.

At the end of the "socio-technical" component, the student will be able to:
- Understand and explain the main socio-technical dynamics in the field of energy-efficient housing (from design choices to appropriation by users);
- Understand and explain the political dimension of these dynamics with respect to environmental issues, but also social and economic issues;
- Understand and explain the issues related to the relationship between users and energy in the context of architectural practice;
- To hold an enlightened reasoning on the relationships between technical systems, architectural culture and the culture of living.

Through the project work, aiming at the application of course contents on a part of an architectural project, the student will be able to:
- Cross technical and socio-technical components in order to feed the development of an architectural project;
- Translate the attention paid to the value of use into choices, argued and supported, of architectural and technical devices.


Prerequisite knowledge and skills


  • Building Technology 4 - Structure and Envelope (2)
  • Good writing skills
  • Good technical drawing skills

  • Building Technology 5 

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is given in 10 interactive face-to-face sessions, in the form of 2 x 2-hour lectures for the sociotechnical part and the completion part respectively. 

Some sessions require the analysis of a text or the viewing of a video in preparation for the lesson, following the logic of a flipped classroom. Others require work to be done before or after the lesson, to ensure that knowledge is properly acquired.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Course presentation materials are provided no later than one hour before the start of the session. They are posted on e-campus.
Texts to be read in preparation for certain sessions are sent one week in advance. They are posted on e-campus.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

For each part of the course, two assessment methods are offered to students: either a written exam and an assignment to be submitted in session, or a written exam. The submission of work implies a reduction of the written exam. This modality is only applicable for the evaluation in the first session. The evaluation in the second session takes place only via a written exam.

The assessment focuses on understanding, the ability to establish crossovers between the contents of the course and to mobilize them correctly. The questions of the written exam are of two types: closed questions, and open questions combining restitution and understanding in the form of short or long answers. Statements of optional work will be presented in session and posted on e-campus.

The two components of the course are evaluated separately and will be subject to a mark out of 20 points. An overall score will be assigned to the student by taking the average of the two scores obtained, each counting for half of the evaluation.

To pass the overall exam, the student must obtain an average of 10/20 with a minimum of 8/20 in one of the two parts of the course. If the student obtains a rating of less than 8/20 for one of the two sections, this rating will serve as the overall rating. In this case, the student will be able to obtain the details of these ratings from the course coordinating teacher.

If one of the two parts of the course is passed with a score of at least 12/20, the course parts concerned will automatically be subject to a score report.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

In order to improve teaching and keep it up to date, some course content may be revised from one year to the next. It is therefore necessary to update course notes from previous years. We do not guarantee that course sessions will be recorded as podcasts. Should this be the case, the podcast will remain accessible for one week via unicast. After this period, the podcast will no longer be accessible.


Julie Neuwels (Julie.Neuwels@uliege.be) concerning the socio-technical part and the general course
Jean-Philippe Possoz (jp.possoz@uliege.be) concerning the completions.

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