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CU65 - Bachelor of Building Design

Overview

Course Overview

This program produces graduates capable of designing, documenting and administering the contract for construction of residential and all classes of commercial buildings.

 

Students should note prerequisite requirements and course availability when planning their study program. Courses are offered annually. It is suggested that courses be studied in the sequence shown in the recommended study schedule. The individual's workload may be varied to balance work and family commitments. If assistance is required, contact the Program Advisor. Students should actively seek employment within the building industry.

 

Prospective students should note that exemptions from courses within the program may be given where their previous study at AQF Certificate 4 level or higher fully meets the learning outcomes of a course. Students should not enrol into a course for which they are seeking an exemption.

Career Information

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 - Open Licence issued by the Building Services Authority, Queensland.

Course Details
Duration 5 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
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 Each unit at this level, typically requires 144 hours of student commitment over a period of 12 weeks.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BBldgDes
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2022

Online

Term 1 - 2022

Online

Term 2 - 2021

Online

Term 1 - 2021

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 2 - 2018

Distance

Term 1 - 2018

Distance

Term 2 - 2017

Distance

Term 1 - 2017

Distance

Term 2 - 2016

Distance

Term 1 - 2016

Distance

Term 2 - 2015

Distance

Term 1 - 2015

Distance

Term 2 - 2014

Distance

Term 1 - 2014

Distance
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2014

Distance

Term 1 - 2014

Distance
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 66 | ATAR 66
Entry Requirements

Domestic students

Nil

 
International students
 

International students should visit www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information including English language requirements. 

 

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge
Domestic students - Assumed Knowledge - English (4, SA), and Maths A or B (4, SA)
 
Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CC01 - Associate Degree of Building Design
Exit Awards CC01 - Associate Degree of Building Design
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 42
2020 85
2019 88
2018 98
2017 110
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity in academic and professional practice, as expected by a respected member of the profession.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Being reflective with personal behaviours in relation to professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback or criticism.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with CQUniversity policies and procedures.
  • Complying with the policies and practices of businesses or organisations.
  • Complying with rules and regulations of of the NABD's relevant accreditation and licencing bodies.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Demonstrating effective communication skills in a range of emerging environments, including the online domain.
  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual, group or workplace.
  • Establishing rapport with clients in the delivery of projects and responding appropriately to clients, supervisors and other professionals. 
  • Understanding and communicating with various relevant mediums (plans and sketches for example) with both the public and other professionals.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions: eye contact, being mindful of space, time boundaries, a range of body movements and gestures.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course, as well as during practical placements.
  • Extending communications skills to a range of emerging environments, including the online domain.
  • Competently and appropriately constructing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar and punctuation to the required academic standards.
  • Expressing complex and detailed information and knowledge into a logical and legible report, in a timely manner that meets professional standards and clearly communicates the intended message.
  • Accurately conveying and documenting information in a written form that meets legal and professional requirements.
  • Accessing a computer for your studies, and having basic computer knowledge and skills to engage in the on-line learning environment that may include completing relevant on-line assessments and participating in on-line forums or responding to emails.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge, research evidence, policies and procedures related to professional practice.
  • Competently reading, writing and accurately interpreting information to convey language effectively in projects and services.
  • Producing accurate, concise and clear documentation which meets legal requirements.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying appropriate mathematical knowledge and skills to make precise calculations.
  • Demonstrating effective use of numeracy skills to make accurate interpretation of data.
  • Applying numeracy skills to interpret and solve problems in a wide range of projects.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Accurately using instruments for measurements.
  • Having sufficient auditory ability to be capable of hearing warnings when on site.
  • Interacting effectively with stakeholders including clients, members of the community, tradespeople and other members of the engineering team.
  • Using a computer and other tools.
  • Being able to climb a ladder or steep stairs, walk along scaffolding and traverse a construction site.
Relational Skills

  Examples are:

  • Ability to collaborate with different team colleagues and a wide range of stakeholders maintaining positive working relationships with them for timely delivery of milestones of a construction project.
Reflective Skills

  Examples are:

  • Reflecting past experience or learned lessons of past projects to issues, cases and situations of current construction projects and modifying the practice during the project.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course and professional experience.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Transporting field equipment during the data collection phase of projects.
  • Manipulating instruments in tests and measurements.
  • Using knobs and dials in equipment used for field data collection.
Interpersonal Engagement

   Examples are:

  • Relating positively and effectively to a wide variety of business (construction) and community stakeholders.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

   Examples are:

  • Demonstrating sufficient computer knowledge and skills to engage in the on-line learning environment that may include completing relevant on-line assessments (e.g.quizzes).
  • Participating in zoom on-line sessions, responding to emails and using MS word to answer assessment tasks.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the coherent body of knowledge and the underlying principles and concepts, fundamental to and in the context of building design and related disciplines.
  • 2. Demonstrate an ability to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge and apply technical and creative thinking skills to solve problems within the context of building design and related practice and/or scholarship.
  • 3. Justify and communicate building design principles, ideas and advice in collaborative contexts with professionals, paraprofessionals and the general community
  • 4. Exercise professional judgement when identifying and responding to cultural, ethical and social issues.
  • 5. Evaluate information and synthesise relevant issues in building design and other contexts as a basis for independent lifelong learning.
  • 6. Learn and work independently and collaboratively in practice and reflect upon feedback to identify and enact self improvements.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 24 Total credit points: 144

Level 1 - 8 compulsory courses

Available 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
BLCN11033 Construction 1
BLAR11048 Construction 2

Level 2 - 8 compulsory courses

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR12054 Structural Design Processes
BLAR12034 Building Legislation 1
BLAR12036 Building Design 1
BLAR12041 Building Materials 2
BLAR12050 Contract Documentation
BLAR12052 Geotechnical Studies
BLAR12053 Professional Practice
BLAR12055 History and Theory of Building Design

Level 3 - 8 compulsory courses

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR13035 Building Contract Administration
BLAR13037 Building Design 2
BLAR13044 Building Systems and Services 2
BLAR13046 Built Environment 2
BLAR13049 Construction 3
BLAR13051 Design Documentation
BLAR13052 Spatial Design Theory and Application
BLAR13053 Urban Design and Development

Recommended study schedule
 
By following the recommended study schedule, students will address required course prerequisite units. Minor variations may occur due to credit transfers granted and work and family commitments.
 
Note: For students commencing study in Term 2 please see More Details section for recommended study schedule.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR11033 Building Materials 1
BLAR11049 Built Environment Communication and Skills
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR11045 Built Environment 1
BLCN11033 Construction 1
Year 1 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR11039 Building Law & Regulations
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR11032 Structural Forms & Analysis
BLAR12034 Building Legislation 1
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR11043 Building Systems and Services 1
BLAR11048 Construction 2
Year 2 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR12041 Building Materials 2
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR12052 Geotechnical Studies
BLAR12053 Professional Practice
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR12036 Building Design 1
BLAR12054 Structural Design Processes
Year 3 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR12050 Contract Documentation
Year 4 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR12055 History and Theory of Building Design
BLAR13052 Spatial Design Theory and Application
Year 4 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR13035 Building Contract Administration
BLAR13037 Building Design 2
Year 4 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR13051 Design Documentation
Year 5 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR13044 Building Systems and Services 2
BLAR13049 Construction 3
Year 5 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR13046 Built Environment 2
Year 5 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR13053 Urban Design and Development

The requirement for the exit or interim award is as follows:
 
After completing levels 1 and 2 within the program, students may exit with or apply for an interim award of the CC01 Associate Degree of Building Design.
 
Formal application must be made to initiate the process for this program.
 

More Details
Degree with distinction

Students, who achieve an overall GPA of 6.0 and above at the completion of the program, based on their first attempt of the courses, will be awarded a degree with distinction.

Requirements

Students should have an assumed knowledge equal to a passing grade (4 or SA) at Queensland year 12 in English and Maths A or B, or an interstate or TAFE equivalent.

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 Transer (RPL) website for further information. Students will be required to complete the Undergraduate Built Environment Credit Transfer Kit and Application for Credit Transfer Form as part of their application for credit transfer.

Students can apply for direct credit against CQUniversity courses, if equivalent tertiary level study has been completed. Students must supply relevant documentation (study guides, course 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.

Computing Requirements

It is a requirement of enrolment in this program that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the program using email and the Internet.

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.

Study Schedules

For Students commencing Term 2 a recommended study schedule for this program can be obtained from Term 2 Program Planner