Technology of Design - 2017

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: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Structural Investigation (30%) , Invigilated Exam (30%) - Learn more

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

Introduction to the theoretical and pragmatic relationships - the why and the how - between the built environment, natural environment and human environment in design.

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

  1. describe the key elements of the contemporary and historical relationships between the built, human and natural environments
  2. identify the role of design and the responsibilities of the designer in contemporary society
  3. apply understanding of fundamental structural systems in simple design projects
  4. establish and maintain cooperative team relationships throughout a project.
  • Assignment — Structural Investigation (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Presentation — Poster Presentation (10%)
  • Report (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The role of design
2The language of structures
3How things stand up and why they fall down
4Solid construction
5Skeletal construction
6Surface construction
7Engaging the site
8The idea of a floor system
9The idea of a wall system
10The idea of a roof system
11Division of space

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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