Environmental and Technological Systems in Architecture - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • 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
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study (35%) , Case Study 2 (35%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 1,169.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 1,419.00

This unit explores construction, environmental and technological systems for medium scale, clear span architectural projects. Utilising different methods of architectural communication, students are engaged in the production of design development documents. Work integrated learning is incorporated through authentic learning activities focused on design decision making and documentation that simulate real world projects and workplaces.

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

  1. identify appropriate construction, environmental and technological systems for application in the design of a medium scale, clear span project
  2. synthesise information relevant to construction, environmental and technological systems required at relevant stages of design of a moderately complex medium scale project
  3. evaluate and integrate appropriate construction, environmental and technological systems in a medium scale, clear span project
  4. work collaboratively to produce design development documents for a moderately complex medium scale project.
  • Case Study (35%)
  • Case Study 2 (35%)
  • Portfolio (30%)

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.

Level 3 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area e.g. from studying related Level 2 units or other relevant experience. Ensure all Level 2 units have been completed.

  • Other special requirement — Access to hardware: webcam, speakers and microphone

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.

2Cladding Systems and Stability in Medium Span Systems
3Long Span Roof Systems and Rainwater Collection
4Tilt Slabs
6Thermal Insulation
7Elements of Airconditioning Systems
8Introduction to Sewage, WAter Supply and Drainage
9Lighting and Levels: Artificial and Natural
10Lighting: Day and Night
11Vision and Colour

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • 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.

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