Architectural Technology in Context - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Written report (20%) , Assignment 2 - Models and drawings (20%) - Learn more

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

This unit is not taking enrolments for Study Period 4, 2017. Effective Study Period 4, 2017, this unit will be known as BAS150 Architectural Technology in Context. Students who want to complete this unit in SP4 should enrol into BAS150.

Environmental design of small scale buildings in the local context. Relationships between climate and design using passive techniques that address building performance and acknowledge regional, national and international environmental responsibilities.

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

  1. synthesise relevant data to inform design decisions
  2. evaluate the environmental impact of design decisions
  3. apply passive design principles to a project
  4. assess performance of the built environment using appropriate technologies
  5. reflect upon the impact of design decisions and the relationship between the natural, human and built environment.
  • Assignment 1 — Written report (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Models and drawings (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Calculate thermal performance (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

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.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

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 not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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


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