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BLAR12036 - Building Design 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides students with an understanding of: Environmentally appropriate design and planning solutions for the built environment in relation to domestic and low-rise commercial buildings; Principles of design aesthetics - exposure to case studies intended to broaden students' appreciation of aesthetics. Students will develop their understanding of the fundamentals of the project briefing and design process through a design-based project. Students will be required to establish a mentoring relationship with an approved mentor to develop their understanding of the role of a professional building designer.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 10%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 20%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 40%
4. Presentation and Written Assessment 30%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 65% response rate.

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.

Source: Have Your Say Feedback
Feedback
The assessment items were great to give practical experience in the whole design process and to show how designs develop.
Recommendation
Authentic assessments will continue to be provided to enable students to gain practical experience in the whole design process.
Action Taken
Assessments that provide practical design experience in the design process continue to be offered.
Source: Have Your Say Feedback
Feedback
The format of this unit was very enjoyable, the feedback sessions offered to discuss our design projects with both the lecturer and fellow students was fantastic. They provided real opportunities to re-evaluate our ideas and thought process. Ample time was offered to all students to discuss their designs. The tone of the discussion and comments made by both lecturer and students were always encouraging, creating a safe environment to present our first design attempts.
Recommendation
Formative feedback will continue to be provided in safe environments created via live online sessions and forums to support students engaging in the design process.
Action Taken
Formative feedback continues to be provided in safe environments created via live online sessions and forums to support students engaging in the design process.
Source: Have Your Say Feedback
Feedback
A basic AutoCAD or Revit course should also be taught to help students.
Recommendation
An introduction to drafting has now been incorporated into the Built Environment Communications unit. Investigations are ongoing in regards to possibilities for incorporation of a CAD unit into the degree.
Action Taken
A proposal is currently in review in regards to CAD learning options.
Source: "Have Your Say" student feedback
Feedback
I particularly like the way that collaboration is encouraged to provide feedback for the evolving designs. I have learned just as much from the feedback received for my own work as I have listening to feedback given to other students.
Recommendation
The collaborative online feedback sessions will continue to be offered as well as the feedback forums.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have Your Say" student feedback
Feedback
The feedback after assignments were excellent and a great learning tool. Pinpointed exactly what was was good and what to work on for the next assignment.
Recommendation
Feedback will be provided in this format in future offerings as well.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have Your Say" student feedback
Feedback
The weekly question tasks were directly relevant to the assignments. This subject 100% confirmed that building design is what I want to do.
Recommendation
Weekly activities that help with the assessments will continue to be offered.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have Your Say" student feedback
Feedback
It would have helped if I had known how to use a computer program. It took vast amounts of hours to manually draw the required drawings.
Recommendation
A proposal in regards to the incorporation of CAD learning options for Building Design students is currently being reviewed.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of the building designer in developing an appropriate built environment.
  2. Have increased your awareness of the issues involved in the design of domestic and low-rise commercial buildings.
  3. Understand the role of sustainable design principles in providing appropriate outcomes for the client and the built environment.
  4. Be inspired to actively pursue the qualities of good planning and aesthetic design.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment
4 - Presentation and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment
4 - Presentation and Written Assessment