Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Complexity of high-rise Construction (EN)

Danish title
Kompleksitet ved højhusbyggeri (EN)
Study programme
Architectural Technology and Construction Management INT
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor Programme
4. semester
Duration of the subject/module
1 semester
Programme elements
Start time
Prinsesse Charlottes Gade 38, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Anne Carlsen Dam
Mille Wilken Bengtsson
  • Purpose and learning objectives

    Local subject element Complexity of high-rise Construction is taught in the 4th semester in continuation of the compulsory course and completes with an examination common to the compulsory course and with one overall assessment.


    The student will gain knowledge about:
    1. fire safety requirements, including fire resistance and ventilation
    2. requirements for facade systems, including design, production and function
    3. the complexity of structural design, including strength and stability, and
    4. geotechnical conditions, including foundation types.


    The student will get the skills to:
    1. apply methods, including cyclograms, to the scheduling and management of site logistics.


    The student will learn to:
    1. draw up a plan for safety and health, and
    2. prepare a static analysis.

  • Type of instruction
    The teaching is based on the understanding that learning is most efficient if students are given the opportunity to work with real-life assignments from, or inspired by, companies in relevant industries.
    When choosing a project, the possibility of incorporating the academic and professional challenges throughout the semester into the project must be taken into account.
    The students are given the opportunity to be involved in the various project phases, from preliminary analysis to realisation of the project. In connection with the project work, the students are faced with real-life problems to be solved based on the given theory, and are to organise the work in such a way that deadlines can be met. The students are furthermore provided with the necessary qualifications to work independently, thereby preparing them to complete the final project as an individual assignment.
    This working method allows the students to gain an understanding of how problems are identified and analysed, how solution models are set up, and how the right solution is adopted.
  • Exam

    The learning outcomes of the exam are identical with the learning outcomes of the subject(s)/modul(es)

    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested with the following modules
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    Type of assignment
    The project assignment is based on an outline proposal, which will be further developed during the project proposal phase, when the design, construction technical analyses and challenges are clarified with a view to final client approval. On the basis of the project proposal, material is then prepared for approval by the authorities, after which tender documents are prepared for parts of the project.

    Any requirements of form and scope will be handed out during the teaching.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Individual or group, 2-4 participants
    Exam languages
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal censure
hours of teaching
hours of preparation
The figure shows the extent of workload related to the subject divided into different study activities.

In the subject Complexity of high-rise Construction (EN) you will receive 45 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 60 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 33% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: internal lecturers, project work, group work.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: group work, project work, study group.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

*KEA can deviate from the number of hours if this is justified by special circumstances