CU65 - Bachelor of Building Design

Overview

Course Overview

This course produces graduates capable of designing, documenting and providing contract administration for residential and commercial buildings.

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 0 years full-time or 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 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) BBldgDes
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • QLD - Distance - 851345
  • VIC - Melbourne - 1700110401 
  • NSW - Distance - 160231
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 - 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 - 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 Requirements

Nil

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

This course is regularly reviewed by the accrediting body, the Building Designers' Association of Australia (BDAA).

Learned Society Accreditiation

The National Association of Building Designers (NABD) regularly reviews the building design course for industry compliance.

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 100
2017 113
2016 107
2015 127
2014 138
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply a sound 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. Identify, 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

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.

Exit or interim awards

After completing levels 1 and 2 within the course, students may exit with or apply for an interim award of the CC01 Associate Degree of Building Design. Formal application must be made to the Course Advisor to initiate the process.

Level 1 - 8 compulsory units

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
BLAR11050 Residential Construction
BLAR11051 Construction Legislation 1

Level 2 - 8 compulsory units

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BLAR12036 Building Design 1
BLAR12041 Building Materials 2
BLAR12050 Contract Documentation
BLAR12052 Geotechnical Studies
BLAR12053 Professional Practice
BLAR12054 Structural Design Processes
BLAR12055 History and Theory of Building Design
BLAR12057 Commercial Construction

Level 3 - 8 compulsory units

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
BLAR13051 Design Documentation
BLAR13052 Spatial Design Theory and Application
BLAR13053 Urban Design and Development
BLAR13054 Complex Construction

More Details

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.

Computing Requirements

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.

Degree with distinction

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

Study Schedule

To assist with unit selection, refer to the recommended course study schedule found here.