Course Code: 
INTD 461
Course Type: 
Area Elective
Course Language: 
Course Objectives: 
The explanation of acoustics which is one of major living environment factors by basical concepts both quantitatively and qualitatively.The determination of criterias on acoustical comfort of rooms (space) having various functions and the aim of giving the needed information for gathering of these at designing level.
Course Content: 

Quantitative and qualitative properties of sound and hearing, basic concepts, sound source, energy and the features of sound, transfer, diffusion, diffraction, reflection and absorption, relationship between bioclimatic qualities and comfort conditions, room acoustics, noise control, basic principles and criterias of acoustic planning due to the functions of various rooms/spaces in interior design.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question and Answer, 3: Discussion
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, C: Homework

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Students gain  the basic knowledge of acoustical concepts 1,2,3,10 1,2,3 A,C
2) Student aquire the importance of the issue in interior architecture. 1,2,6 1,2,3 A,C
3) Students analyze the relationship between Environmental Control, Space Comfort, and Acoustics 2,7,9,10 1,2,3 A,C
4) Students gain the ability to solve acoustical problems and applications. 1,4,6,7 1,2,3 A,C
5) Students gain the ability to work together with experts in complex situations. 1,6,9,10 1,2,3 A,C
6) Students gain the consciousnes of regarding standards and regulations during design processes. 1,6,10,12 1,2,3 A,C
7) Students understand requirements and methods of interdisciplinary study and application during design 1,2,9 1,2,3 A,C



Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction, Definitions and Basic Concepts of Space, Quality of Interior space and comfort conditions  
2 Description and Physical Properties of sound and the other spatial relationship between qualifications and a brief history  
3 The source and propagation of sound; Acoustical pressure, sound intensity and sound orientation; Human and hearing  
4 Sound propagation; Diffraction of sound and relevant issues  
5 Midterm Exam-1/2  
6 Room acoustics; absorption of sound and acoustical reverberation.  
7 Room acoustics; Reflection of sound, environmental factors, elongation of sound and echo  
8 Transmission of sound, sound in solids, basic acoustical calculations  
9 Acoustical properties of building material and components; Acoustical principles in interior design  
10 Acoustic in Auditoriums :Theatres, Cinemas, Opera and Concert Halls; Determination of design fundementals  
11 Midterm Exam-2/2  
12 Acoustics in educational buildings and related standards  
13 Noise control in Offices; Sound-related problems, solutions and related standards  
14 Acoustical requirements in housing; Noise and noise control  
15 Make-up Exam Week/  Acoustics as a  criterion for  Building Physics / Environmental Control; General considerations  



Recommended Sources

Textbook [1] "Acoustic;   Lecture Notes", Yeditepe University, Dept. of Interior Architecture. (Review of Literature)
Additional Resources [2] Sirel, Ş., “Yapı Akustiği I; Temel Kavramlar”, YTÜ Yayınları, No: 115

[3] Özer, M.,”Yapı Akustiği ve Ses Yalıtımı”, İstanbul, 1979

[4] Doelle, L.,”Environmental Acoustics”, Mc Graw-Hill Book Company,1972

[5] TS2381 “Konutlarda Ses Yalıtımının değerlendirmesi”, TSE, Ankara

[6] MPM, “Gürültü”, Milli, Prodüktivite Merkezi Yy., No: EN-Ç(2)-152

[7] Abdülrahimov, “Salonlarda Doğal Akustiğin Sağlanması”, İTÜ M.Fak,1993

[8] Eriç, M., “Yapı Fiziği ve malzemesi”, Literatür Yy., İstanbul, 1994

[9] Kurugöl, S., Büro Mekanlarında Akustik Koşulların Yapı Fiziği Açısından Araştırılması”,MSGSÜ

[10] S.Y. Demirkale, “Çevre ve Yapı Akustiği”, Birsen Yayınevi, İstanbul, 2007



Material Sharing

Documents Lecture notes and additional documents if necessary




Mid-terms 2 80
Quizzes - -
Homework 2 20
Total   100
Total   100




COURSE CATEGORY Expertise/Field Courses



Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 The ability of applying artistic and technical knowledge in developing contemporary and genuine designs within the scope of interior architectural discipline.       X  
2 The ability of understanding the interaction between people and the physical environment.         X
3 The capability of thinking and expressing in two and three dimensional ways within the design process.     X    
4 The ability of analytical researching, critical approach developing and problem solving in the field of art and design.   X      
5 The ability of establishing the relationship between the past, present and the future and evaluating design applications within the historical and artistic process.          
6 The ability of using techniques and technology to realise contemporary interior architectural applications.       X  
7 The ability of having control on different architectural scales and solving the details within the process of designing interior space and equipments.   X      
8 The ability to develop approaches on conservation and reuse at national and local level          
9 The ability of being versatile in working at interdisciplinary applications and teamwork.       X  
10 The abilitity of knowledge and application of  practice of occupational standards, regulations, ordinances and the rules of law.         X
11 The ability of  establishing effective communication and expressing ideas within the visual, oral and literary field.          
12 The ability of to follow- up the developments within practice of design and to develop awareness of lifelong learning.   X      




Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 2 32
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 1 16
Mid-terms 2 2 4
Homework 2 5 10
Final examination 1 2 2
Total Work Load     64
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     2,56
ECTS Credit of the Course     3