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Architectural Technology (ABPL90287)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90287
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject articulates and tests the idea of architectural design as a process where cultural and technological decision-making are intertwined. Teaching and learning activity starts with the analysis of technological means associated to architectural ideas and seeks to evaluate the implementation of alternatives in performance-based design scenarios.

Mixing examples of the present and of the past, this subject shows and tests ways to identify, assess and engage with the technological underpinnings of architecture.

Topics and practical activities are focused on single-dwelling residential and small to medium scale commercial building typologies.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  • Connect architectural design intent and technological implementation through building materials, systems and components;
  • Relate construction technology proposals building performance requirements;
  • Develop project-based and industry-relevant skills of research and integration of building materials, systems and components;
  • Understand and communicate with conventional methods of technical representation used by the architecture, engineering and construction industry.


Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students will have developed the ability to:

  • Influence the logics of construction from the perspective of designers and principal consultants;
  • Communicate about construction technology and building performance with professional peers, project stakeholders and the community at large;
  • Select materials, systems and components coherently to achieve explicit design objectives;
  • Propose construction technologies suitable to building context, type, scale and function;
  • Recognise the need for specialist input in the design process of small to medium scale projects.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90286 Construction Methods A
Semester 1



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



  • Project-based submission (1,500 words equivalent) of original design work in groups of maximum 4 members, including interim class presentations, building product research, general arrangement drawings and physical model at 1:50 scale. Due week 6, (30%);
  • Project-based submission (1,500 words equivalent) of individual work, including interim class presentations, building product research and construction details at 1:20, 1:10 and 1:5 scale. Due week 12, (30%);
  • one two hour examination paper (1,500 words equivalent); students will need to respond with: ability to work independently; capacity to assess alternative solutions with annotated sketches and diagrams; familiarity with construction terminology and drawing conventions; understanding of fundamentals of building performance. During examination period, (30%);
  • Class participation, throughout semester, (10%).

Hurdle requirement: A minimum of 40% must be achieved in the second project-based submission in order to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorGiorgio Marfella
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours4 hours (two hours lecture + two hours tutorials)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

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  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and Exchange students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.

Last updated: 16 June 2018