Understanding Architecture - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Summary & critical review (30%) , Assignment 2 - Research Essay (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

This unit was previously known as BAS130 Architecture and Culture.

This is an introduction to selected architectural themes and concepts. Architectural ideas and theory will be discussed through specific theories, texts, and examples of international, national and local works. These will be explored through lectures, tutorials, site visits and carefully considered and documented through reading, writing and drawing.

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

  1. identify and record structural and spatial observations through texts and site visits and translate them into relevant written and visual forms
  2. analyse a range of texts in terms of their thematic significance
  3. evaluate and reflect upon own experiences of engagement with the local built environment
  4. work systematically to synthesize ideas and theoretical concepts that generate a collective design position.
  • Assignment 1 — Summary & critical review (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Research Essay (35%)
  • Assignment 3 — Personal Reflection (35%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Meaning, expression and representation
3Body and space
5Open house
6Typologies and figures
12Space and power

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

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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