Integrated Buildings Research Studio (previously MAA503) - 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: Assignment 1 - Schematic design (40%) , Assignment 2 - Design development (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit was previously known as MAA503 Integrated Buildings Research Studio.

The process of design through industry based projects, means and parameters. Students will resolve a small-scale architectural project incorporating statutory planning, building and client requirements, whilst employing best practice examples as a foundation for creating. There will be a fieldwork component, the nature of which is dependent upon the focus of research. Work Integrated Learning will be incorporated throughout the Unit by using a mode of teaching where activities will take place in workshop situations / on site / simulation of 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. evaluate and use professional peer reviewed projects as generational tools for discussion design and referencing and for creative and bibliographical purposes
  2. incorporate design knowledge and industry requirements into a conceptual design framework
  3. develop and present a comprehensive design that articulates conceptual thinking, whilst meeting industry standards.
  • Assignment 1 — Schematic design (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Design development (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Portfolio (30%)

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:

  • MAA503 — Integrated 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 MAA506 (previously MAA503) PRIOR to 2015 are not required to enrol into its co-requisite MAA507 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.

1Place Evaluation
2Conceptual Framework
4Life Cycle Design
5Development Approval
8Maintaining Design Intent
9Building Licence
10Working Drawings
11Documentation Set

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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