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Environmental Building Systems (ABPL20036)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20036
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject covers key elements of building services and sustainability at a residential and commercial scale. The subject aims to teach the basic terminology and concepts behind providing comfortable and effectively functioning buildings in terms of sun, envelope, services (water, waste, gas, electricity, data, fire protection), heating and cooling, air quality, acoustics and vertical transport. Using the sustainability tools being used in the industry (FirstRate5, NABERS and Green Star) students will be given a framework in which to understand how buildings perform and their impact on the environment. They will also be introduced to modelling software that will enable them to carry out performance analysis of initial designs.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Understand the terminology, principles and techniques of environmental control systems at both small and medium scale;
  • Integrate environmental controls into architectural designs in a sustainable manner.

Generic skills

The following skills should be obtained upon completion of the subject:

  • Written, verbal and graphic presentation of ideas;
  • Critical thinking and analysis;
  • Evaluation of existing knowledge;
  • Appropriate use of design terminology;
  • Application of generic theories to specific examples.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability

Assessment

  • Assignment 1, submission of written report and drawings equivalent to 1200 words due week 5, 30%;
  • Weekly Quizzes equivalent to 1200 words, 30%;
  • One 2-hour exam (equivalent to 2000 words) at the end of the semesterperiod, 40%.

Hurdle requirement: A minimum of 40% must be achieved in the examination in order to pass the subject. Minimum 80% attendance at tutorials is also a hurdle requirement.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorXavier Cadorel
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period27 February 2017 to 28 May 2017
    Last self-enrol date10 March 2017
    Census date31 March 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail 5 May 2017
    Assessment period ends23 June 2017

    Semester 1 contact information

    Email:
    Xavier Cadorel
    xavier.cadorel@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorXavier Cadorel
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

    Email:
    Xavier Cadorel
    xavier.cadorel@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Further information

Related majors/minors/specialisations

Breadth options

This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

Prescribed texts

Course reader

Recommended texts and other resources

Alison Kwok, The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategie, 2nd Edition.

Last updated: 15 July 2017