Complex Buildings Research Methods - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Portfolio (30%) , Project Report 1 (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit focuses on the ‘making’ of outputs emanating from complex buildings design. Students will develop a series of outputs which describe the design from the co-requisite Complex Buildings Research Studio, in written, graphical and oral presentation forms.

Work Integrated Learning will be incorporated throughout the unit by using a mode of teaching where design activity will take place in workshop situations/ 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. establish a carefully curated and documented response to site situation or urban formation
  2. apply knowledge of industry codes and systems to a project.
  • Portfolio (30%)
  • Project Report 1 (35%)
  • Project Report 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 MAA409 (previously MAA406) PRIOR to 2015 are not required to enrol into its co-requisite MAA411 as it was previously counted as double unit.

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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.

1Project Brief, Precedent Review
2Opportunity and Contraints diagrams, Site Anaylsis
3Urban design strategy: Design approach
4Urban design strategy: Design approach
5Preliminary schematic design concepts
6Preliminary schematic design concepts, Written Submission of Brief, Design, Urban design strategy
7Presentation of schematic design, design approach, context, urban design strategy
8Design Development
9Design Development
10Design Development
11Design Development
12Design Development

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • 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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