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BLAR13037 Building Design 2
Building Design 2
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General Information


This unit will provide you with an understanding of environmentally appropriate design and planning solutions used in new and refurbished multi-story residential and commercial buildings. You will learn about energy and resource efficiency, universal access, building fabric and services audits, and statutory, planning and heritage considerations. You will be required to establish a mentoring relationship with a professional building engineer. You should have completed previous introductory studies in building design to ensure an adequate level of entry.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prereq: BLAR12036 or [BLAR14015 & BLAR13017]

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student evaluations


The unit provides the opportunity to better understand the relationships between building codes, Australian standards and planning scheme requirements and translate that into a design.


The unit will continue to focus on the application of various regulatory requirements to a design.

Feedback from Student evaluations


The exposure to working on the design of a high rise building was an invaluable learning experience and the support provided by the lecturer and coordinator was excellent.


The unit will continue to revolve around the design of a tall and complex high rise building with support from the lecturer and the coordinator.

Feedback from Student evaluations


A CAD unit would be very useful so that students have more time to focus on designing to meet the regulations.


ArchiStar continues to be available to help students learn CAD and a CAD drafting unit is currently being developed.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply design principles to new and refurbished tall and complex buildings.
  2. Explain design solutions within an environmental, social and community context.
  3. Research and solve design and legislative issues for tall and complex buildings.
  4. Discuss appropriate building fabrics, plant, equipment and services to deliver healthy, safe and structurally sound project outcomes.
  5. Show skills in communicating and presenting design concepts and building solutions.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources


There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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