Complex Buildings Research Studio (previously MAA406) - 2017

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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%) , Presentation (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit was previously known as MAA406 Complex Buildings Research Studio.

This unit focuses on the conceptualisation and design of complex buildings. The intellectual and methodological contextualising of a manner of making and how this is carried forward and affects the study and design of programmatically complex buildings projects. Students will develop a critical position which will inform the design of a complex building.

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 critical working territory for grounding and positioning the design of a new complex building within the canons of good architecture and a self-developed position
  2. design and develop a complex building through precedent, comparison, spatial ideas and design that relates to a critical working territory
  3. reflect upon own project in terms of new knowledge specific to the research task.
  • Portfolio (30%)
  • Presentation (20%)
  • Project (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAA406 — Complex Buildings Research Studio

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.

1Introduction to Complex Buildings
3Site Analysis
4Urban Design Strategy
5Masterplanning and Placemaking
6Schematic Design: Concept & Presentation
7Design Development: Arch Systems
8Design Development: Sustainability
9Design Development: Detailing
10Design Development: Accessibility
11Design Development: Presentation

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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