Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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Restrictions apply. See Eligibility.

With the exception of seven open enrolment first year units, this is a restricted course. Continuing enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this course.

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This course is the prerequisite for entry into the Master of Architecture. The course covers the design of buildings, the technical aspects of building construction, and how architecture relates to societies, cultures and people and the way they live. Architectural ideas are communicated through written and spoken reports, photographs, drawings, models and the electronic media. Students not intending to continue on to the Master may use the knowledge gained in this course to seek employment within the architectural profession or building industry.

Software Requirements — Students will require access to the following software: Photoshop, AutoCAD and ArchiCAD. Details on accessing AutoCAD and ArchiCAD will be provided in due course at the commencement of relevant units (please note this software is free for student use). The student will be responsible for organising access to Photoshop.

A graduate of this course can:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the broad discipline of architecture, its theoretical underpinnings, and ways of thinking; the ability to apply specific discipline knowledge contained within the streams of Architectural Design, Science and Technology, Architectural Culture and Design Communication
  2. think critically, creatively and reflectively in order to analyse and understand the diverse needs of various parties involved in architecture in order to generate and create innovative solutions
  3. conduct appropriate scholarly and professional research to access and analyse the diverse information needed to make informed, strategic design decisions
  4. communicate information and ideas to diverse audience through visual, verbal and written communication techniques
  5. demonstrate an ability to recognise and understand the principles of a range of appropriate technologies and their suitable application within the discipline of architecture
  6. possess a sustained intellectual curiosity that constantly strives, through self-directed learning, for innovation within the profession of architecture
  7. have an awareness and ability to synthesize a range of local, national and international issues and perspectives which influence architecture
  8. understand and value cultural and physical diversity and appreciate its significance in the creation of architecture
  9. demonstrate a rigorous and ethical approach in the creation of architecture; the ability to work independently and in teams.

Graduates find employment in a wide range of fields, especially where initiative, creative thinking and critical awareness are valued. Graduates of this course are sought after as there is a shortage of qualified people in the disciplines within the Built Environment particularly in Australia given the strength of the economy. Architects are employed across several industries including: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; Public Administration and Safety; and Health Care and Social Assistance.

This course is the prerequisite for entry into the Master of Architecture, entry to this course requires students to achieve a course weighted average of 60% or greater across all Level 3 units.

Graduates of this undergraduate course who do not intend to practise architecture will have opportunities in areas such as urban design, environmental research, building conservation, heritage matters or community development.

There is no professional recognition for this course; however it is a prerequisite for entry into the Masters course. Curtin University has commenced the process of assessment for accreditation of the online Master of Architecture course with the relevant professional associations. This is an ongoing process which may take some time to finalise, Curtin will continue to work with the accrediting body throughout this process.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree,you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR
  • The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study
  • Able to meet the university course admission requirements

Please note:You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Entrance Requirements
  • English Language Competency

Entrance Requirements

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Successful study through OUA – either:

* Successful completion of two of the following recommended seven open enrolment units: APC100, BAS110/BAS115(co-requisites), BAS120, BAS130, BAS140/BAS145(co-requisites), of which one must be APC100 and separate English language competency is required; OR
* Successful completion of four OUA full degree level units at pass level. (This satisfies English language competency requirement.)

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.
    To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre) link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc
  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English competence is not required)
  • Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English competency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)
  • If you are currently studying or have previously studied Architecture elsewhere, onshore or offshore, and are applying for entry into the 2nd year or above of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) course, you may be required to sit an interview for folio review. STAT elements considered are E, and either V or Q.

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

English Language Competency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent).
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English competence
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English competence
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

See the suggested study plans for full time and part time study below.

Bachelor Applied Science (Architectural Science) full time suggested study plan

Bachelor Applied Science (Architectural Science) part time suggested study plan

Please Note: In this course, the units BAS100 and APC100 are considered academically equivalent. Do not enrol in both units while completing this course.

It is recommended that students consider taking one or more of the OUA Preparatory (PREP) units before undertaking this course.

See https://www.open.edu.au/courses/preparatory/preparatory-units for more details.

To qualify for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), students must complete the following:

  • 23 core units 
  • 1 elective unit
  • Students who fail a core unit twice may be terminated from the course

Electives

Students must complete 1 elective unit chosen from any undergraduate unit offered through OUA.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC1001 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Architecture Design 1
BAS1102 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architecture Methods 1
BAS1152 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Technology of Design
BAS120 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Understanding Architecture
BAS130 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architecture Habitation Studio
BAS1403 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Architectural Habitation Methods
BAS1453 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

1 This unit is equivalent to HUM100 or BAS100 in this course. Do not enrol in this unit if you have completed either of these units.
2 These units are co-requisites and must be studied at the same time.
3 These units are co-requisites and must be studied at the same time.

Complete 1 elective. Students who have completed BAS110 and BAS140 prior to 2015 are not required to enrol into their co-requisites as these were previously counted as double units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Architectural and Spatial Grammar Studio
BAS2002 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architecture and Spatial Grammar Methods
BAS2052 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architectural Technology in Context
BAS2101 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Architectural Histories of Illusion, Power and Imagination
BAS220 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architecture Contexts Studio
BAS2303 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Architectural Contexts Methods
BAS2353 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Architectural Technology and Making
BAS240 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architecture and Identity
BAS250 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

1 Effective Study Period 4, 2017, BAS210 Architectural Technology in Context will be known as BAS150 Architectural Technology in Context. Students who want to complete this unit in SP4, 2017 should enrol into BAS150.
2 These units are co-requisites and must be studied at the same time.
3 These units are co-requisites and must be studied at the same time.

Before enrolling in Level 2 units, it is suggested that students have completed the majority of Level 1 units. Students who have completed BAS200 and BAS230 prior to 2015 are not required to enrol into their co-requisites as these were previously counted as double units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Architectural Discourse and Spatial Intelligence Studio
BAS3002 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architectural Discourse and Spatial Intelligence Methods
BAS3052 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Environmental and Technological Systems in Architecture 1
BAS310 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Urban Contexts
BAS320 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architecture Design and Technical Integration Studio
BAS3303 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Architectural Design and Technical Integration Methods
BAS3353 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Environmental and Technological Systems in Architecture 2
BAS340 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Architecture, Theory and Critique
BAS350 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

2 These units are co-requisites and must be studied at the same time.
3 These units are co-requisites and must be studied at the same time.

Before enrolling in Level 3 units, it is suggested that students have completed the majority of Level 2 units. Students who have completed BAS300 prior to 2015 are not required to enrol into its co-requisite (BAS305) as this was previously counted as double unit.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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Open Enrolment Units

There are seven open enrolment units in this course. Students do not have to submit an Application Form for open enrolment units, and can enrol in APC100, BAS110/BAS115(co-requisites), BAS120, BAS130, BAS140/BAS145(co-requisites) through Open Universities Australia.

Students who successfully complete four from these seven open enrolment units (of which one must be APC100) may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) program provided they have satisfied other eligibility criteria.

Open enrolment units as electives

Students who do not satisfy all of the Eligibility requirements for this degree, or students who do not intend to apply for admission to this degree, may study the Open enrolment units as electives. Please refer to the Award Requirements or Electives sections on your degree page for information about the maximum number of level 1 electives you may include in your degree.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

Find out more about
HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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FEE-HELP
You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

The changes to this course were initiated by academics in consultation with industry. The changes have gone through the rigorous course change process at Curtin and been found to meet all objectives and guidelines of the University.

The change involves splitting the double units into two single units for a sharper focus in the two areas: 1) Design and 2) Design Methods and Ideation. 

Students should not notice the difference in the course structure than having to enroll in two co-requisite units rather than a single unit.  The learning students undertake will not change with the separation of each studio unit into two single units.

Students who have completed BAS110, BAS140, BAS200, BAS230 and BAS300 prior to 2015 are not required to enrol into their co-requisites as these were previously counted as double units.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Email: hum-be-ouaenquiries@curtin.edu.au    Phone: 08 9266 9664.

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