This course produces graduates capable of designing and documenting residential and commercial buildings up to three storeys above a lower level set aside for car parking.
Building designers provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings and work for design, architecture, planning, building or engineering firms, government departments and corporations with a large building portfolio.
Successful completion of this award satisfies the educational requirements for the Building Design - Medium Rise licence, issued by the Building Services Authority, Queensland.
|Duration||4 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||96|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Undergraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||ADBldgDes|
|AQF Level||Level 6: Associate Degree|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
Assumed knowledge; English (4, SA) and Maths A or B (4, SA).
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
This course is regularly reviewed by the accrediting body, the Building Designers' Association of Australia.
|Learned Society Accreditiation||
The National Association of Building Designers (NABD) regularly reviews the building design course for industry compliance.
No Residential School for this course.
|Year||Number of Students|
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have broad theoretical and technical knowledge with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to identify, analyse and evaluate information and concepts from a range of sources|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative thinking skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas with some depth in a discipline|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive, communication and analytical skills to interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to make a clear and coherent presentation of knowledge and ideas with some intellectual independence|
|6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in paraprofessional practice|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in a range of contexts and/or for further studies in one or more disciplines|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt fundamental principles, concepts and techniques to known and unknown situations|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work and in collaboration with others within broad parameters|
|Number of units: 16||Total credit points: 96|
Students study the course by distance education. Progression is based on an assumed maximum loading of 12 units of credit. Students should note prerequisite requirements and unit availability when formulating and nominating their study load for the year. Units are offered annually. It is suggested that units be studied as shown in the recommended course study schedule. The loading may be varied to balance work and family commitments. If assistance is required, contact the Course Advisor. Students should actively seek employment in the building industry.
Prospective students should note that exemptions from units within the course may be given where their previous study at AQF certificate IV level or higher and relevant industry licensing fully meets the learning outcomes of a unit. Students should not enrol into a unit where they are seeking an exemption.
Note: Refer to the More Details tab for the link to the recommended course study schedule.
Level 1 - 8 compulsory units
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|BLAR11032||Structural Forms & Analysis|
|BLAR11033||Building Materials 1|
|BLAR11039||Building Law & Regulations|
|BLAR11043||Building Systems and Services 1|
|BLAR11045||Built Environment 1|
|BLAR11049||Built Environment Communication and Skills|
|BLAR11051||Construction Legislation 1|
Level 2 - 8 compulsory units
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|BLAR12036||Building Design 1|
|BLAR12041||Building Materials 2|
|BLAR12054||Structural Design Processes|
|BLAR12055||History and Theory of Building Design|
Articulation and Credit Transfer
To be eligible for a credit transfer, students must have completed relevant study at Certificate IV level or above within the past 10 years. Please refer to the Credit Transfer/RPL website for further information. Students can apply for direct credit against CQUniversity units, if equivalent tertiary level study has been completed. Students must supply relevant documentation (study guides, unit profiles, etc) to do this. If your study was undertaken more than 10 years ago, you may not be eligible to apply for this as credit.
It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.
To assist with unit selection, refer to the recommended course study schedule found here.