Architecture Contexts Studio - 2017

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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 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Imaging (40%) , Assignment 2 - Developing (40%) - Learn more

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

Students will undertake studies in the physical and social context of building and building groups. Projects focus on established constructed environments and designing new buildings in such contexts. In depth studies of existing context as a means of understanding the human environment and exploring and imagining ways of adding to such environment. Medium scale public building in established regional settlements. Getting to know local regions, their histories and exploring their potential futures.

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.

This unit has BAS200 Architectural and Spatial Grammar Studio and BAS205 Architecture and Spatial Grammar Methods as mandatory prerequisites. If you have completed BAS200 prior to 2015, you are not required to enrol into BAS205 as BAS200 was previously counted as double unit. Please get a prerequisite waiver from Curtin to proceed with enrolment in BAS230.

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

  1. generate ideas about architecture as a product that mediates between the scale of the location and the scale of the body
  2. design a medium scale building with public exposure that is related to an existing site
  3. analyse and evaluate a related precedent.
  • Assignment 1 — Imaging (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Developing (40%)
  • Portfolio (20%)

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.

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 BAS230 PRIOR to 2015 are not required to enrol into its co-requisite BAS235 as it was previously counted as double unit. From 2015, BAS235 must be enrolled at same time.

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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.

1Art and Architecture
2Perception of Space and Site
3Diagramming Concepts
6Design from the inside out
8Structure and Forces

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
  • 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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