Architectural Technology in Context - 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 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Case study (20%) , Assignment 2 - Investigation (30%) - Learn more

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

This unit was previously known as BAS210 Architectural Technology in Context.

This unit acknowledges regional, national and international environmental responsibilities by introducing students to principles of environmental design. It explores relationships between climate and design using passive techniques that influence the thermal, lighting and acoustic performance of small scale buildings in the local context. Work integrated learning is incorporated through understanding the impact of buildings' performance on social and environmental responsibility.

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

  1. collect and analyse relevant information from regional, national and international examples of environmentally responsible design
  2. evaluate the impact of design decisions in terms of thermal, lighting and acoustic performance using appropriate technologies
  3. reflect upon the impact of design decisions and the relationship between the natural, human and built environment.
  • Assignment 1 — Case study (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Investigation (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Exercise (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

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:

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

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

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the Contexts
2Sun, Earth, Heat and Energy
3Materials and Properties
4Understanding Structure and Forces
5Knowing Structure and Forces 1
6Knowing Structure and Forces 2
7Strategies and Efficiencies
8Radiation and Shade
9Conduction and Thermal Mass
10Internal Gains and Ventilation
11Sustainability and R-Code Awareness

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Sunshine & Shade In Australasia Bulletin Number 8

    By:R.O. Phillips

    ISBN: 9780643065697


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Introduction To Architectural Science ¿ The Basis Of

    By:Szokolay, Steven V.

    ISBN: 9780415824989


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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