Architectural Systems Research Topics - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Analysis Task - Project Analysis (30%) , Portfolio (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

Students will develop research skills focused on digital, technological or environmental architectural systems through the analysis of a nominated research project. Students will conduct an in depth exploration of a complex architectural project with a diverse client profile, and a multi-layered response to environments. There will be a fieldwork component, the nature of which is dependent upon the focus of the research.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. develop research skills in analytical research methods appropriate for research of architectural systems
  2. apply methods and tools to a nominated project to analyse systems and inform design decisions
  3. use multiple modes of communication to illustrate methods of rigorous evaluation and testing of the nominated project
  4. synthesise findings and document outcomes in a critical review of a research project.
  • Analysis Task — Project Analysis (30%)
  • Portfolio (30%)
  • Report — Project Synthesis Report (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Provide an email address

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Parametric Design
2Points and Lines
3Curves and Functions
5Curvature & Surface Geometry
6Carrier surfaces and Components
7Parametric Component Design and Construction
8Tessellation by Parametric Replication
9Planar Fabrication
10Digital Fabrication
11Design Development
12Model Fabrication

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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