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Complex Building Energy Modelling (ABPL90153)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90153
Availability(Quotas apply)
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject teaches how to use two modelling approaches to investigate and communicate complex and innovative environmental solutions for energy efficient building design. Led by experienced software users from industry and from software manufactures, this course will allow students to specialise in a software tool which they may already be using at their work.

Based on a case study approach students will assess an existing or new building project and prepare the documentation arguing for the innovative approaches to energy efficiency that are proposed. Focus will not only be on learning how to model these complex scenarios, but also how to interpret their practicality and develop risk profiles allowing end users to be able to choose between innovation and benefit.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Model complex scenarios including natural ventilation, mixed mode/hybrid ventilation, use of passive techniques such as thermal chimneys, thermal mass, chilled beams, labyrinths, geothermal energy and solar energy
  • Use modelling to develop risk benefit scenarios
  • Communicate the benefits of various alternative options
  • Interpret results
  • Appreciate the relationship between design elements and thermal performance
  • Be able to add meaningfully to a business case of an innovative system within an active actual project

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Concept design presentation to class, due last day of class, 20%, 1000 word equivalent;
  • Final Report, due 3 weeks after last day of class, 40%, 2000 words;
  • Take home exam, due 2 weeks after last day of class, 40%, 2000 word equivalent.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • June
    Principal coordinatorChristopher Jensen
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 June 2019 to 12 July 2019
    Last self-enrol date17 February 2019
    Census date 5 July 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail19 July 2019
    Assessment period ends 2 August 2019

    June contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Quota: 20

This subject is a quota subject and places are limited. Students may provisionally enrol via the Student Portal, but places are not guaranteed until selection is completed. You will be notified in writing by the Student Centre if you are selected.

Selection criteria: Academic merit. Priority will be given to students enrolled in the Master of Environments (Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation)

For detailed information on the quota subject application process and due dates, refer to the EDSC Quota Subjects webpage: http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/quota-subjects

Further information

Last updated: 13 August 2019