Architecture Methods 1 - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Portfolio - Portfolio (30%) , Project Report 1 - Major Project 1 (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

Exploring the importance of visualisation in ideation, conceptual design and developed design by an introduction to sketching, diagramming, photography, orthographic projection and modelling; their histories, techniques and applications.

Work Integrated Learning will be incorporated throughout the unit by using a mode of teaching where ideation and methods investigation will take place in workshop simulations/on sites/simulation of the real world project/interaction with community and industry etc.

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

  1. produce sketches and models as tools to investigate the exploratory process of spatial design
  2. apply learnt drawing conventions and methods to investigate orthographic projection.
  • Portfolio — Portfolio (30%)
  • Project Report 1 — Major Project 1 (35%)
  • Project Report 2 — Major Project 2 (35%)

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Students who have completed BAS110 PRIOR to 2015 are not required to enrol into its co-requisite BAS115 as it was previously counted as double unit. From 2015, BAS110 must be enrolled at same time.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — In this studio unit(s) students are required to purchase a number of specific items for hand drawing, sketching and presenting. These supplies will continue to be used and required throughout the course.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Site Analysis
3What is a Crit, Techniques of Expression
4Simples Plans, Sections and Elevations
6Concept Development, The Stopping Place
7Analytical Diagrams, Design Materials
8Orthographic Drawing, Performance Places
9Design Darwinism
10Architectural Photography, Crossing Over
11Graphic Layouts, Presentation Drawings
12Folio Examples

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Interactive Games
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • 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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