|Year of offer||2017|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject 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:
- LO1: to connect architectural design intent and technological implementation through building materials, systems and components;
- LO2: to relate construction technology proposals building performance requirements;
- LO3: to develop project-based and industry-relevant skills of research and integration of building materials, systems and components;
- LO4: to understand and communicate with conventional methods of technical representation used by the architecture, engineering and construction industry.
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||
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
- 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% (LO1-4)
- 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% (LO1-4)
- 1.5 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% (LO1-4)
- 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 coordinator Giorgio Marfella Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 4 hours (two hours lecture + two hours tutorials) Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017 Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017 Census date 31 August 2017 Last date to withdraw without fail 22 September 2017 Assessment period ends 17 November 2017
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
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