BLAR12036 - Building Design 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Building Design 1 will introduce you to creative design as a process of investigation, critical observation and experimentation. You will be introduced to the client briefing process as well as to basic aesthetic and sustainable design principles and their application to the design of low rise residential and commercial buildings. By engaging in a series of short design-based projects that involve critiquing, listening consciously, researching and creatively solving design problems, you will learn how to create spatial environments that are conducive to human well-being and that meet stakeholder requirements.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

  1. BLAR11049: Built Environment Communications and Skills or
  2. ENEG11005: Fundamentals of Professional Engineering

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 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. Portfolio 20%
2. Portfolio 40%
3. Portfolio 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 52.94% 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: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The teaching method boosts student confidence, interpersonal skills and enables students to apply knowledge gained to design work projects.
Recommendation
The interactive teaching method will continue to be offered to prepare students to work as building designers.
Action Taken
The interactive teaching method continues to be offered.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The first real practical experience that gets into the guts of building design and prepares for a future career.
Recommendation
Scaffolded, authentic assessment will continue to be offered.
Action Taken
Assessment continues to be scaffolded and authentic in nature.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Constructive and informative feedback provided on assessment items.
Recommendation
Constructive feedback will continue to be offered on assessment items to support student learning.
Action Taken
Informative feedback continues to be offered in a constructive manner to support student learning.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The complex assessments and engaging forum discussions really help to communicate ideas and improve on building designs.
Recommendation
The assessment forums will continue to be used to support student learning.
Action Taken
The assessment forums continue to be offered to support student learning and help improve design work.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
This is the first unit that drafting is required but it is not taught. The University should provide a CAD unit.
Recommendation
Feedback on using ArchiStar to learn CAD, which is now provided by the University, has been positive and the University is currently investigating a proposal to further expand CAD support that involves provision of a specialised CAD unit.
Action Taken
ArchiStar continues to be available to help students learn CAD and a CAD drafting unit is currently being developed.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Challenging assessments were engaging and fun, with each one building on knowledge and skills learnt in the previous assessment.
Recommendation
Challenging assessments that build on and expand previous learning will continue to be offered.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Well-paced unit with very engaging lectures, good materials and helpful resources to develop knowledge and skills.
Recommendation
The unit materials are continuously reviewed and updated to ensure that they remain helpful and relevant.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Powerpoint templates and self-assessment checklists provided are very helpful. They allow students to know exactly what is required for the assessment submission and provide the opportunity to check work before submission.
Recommendation
Powerpoint templates and self-assessment checklists will continue to be offered to ensure that assessment requirements are clear.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
The feedback forums and interactive feedback sessions are a good way to really look at other designs and try and understand them. Seeing and hearing how others interpret a design problem provides really useful insights and learning.
Recommendation
Feedback forums and interactive feedback sessions will continue to be offered to support students with the design process.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
The weekly forum activities help stay on track and are like a communal answer to a question. Even though most of them don't take much time, reading through the different responses provides a lot of detail and information.
Recommendation
The weekly forum activities will continue to be offered and reviewed to ensure that they don't take more than the allotted time.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Drawing to scale for the first time is a lot of work, having a CAD unit will benefit future students.
Recommendation
ArchiStar is offered to support students acquire CAD skills and a CAD unit is currently being developed to support students learning to draft.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop spatial environments that are conducive to human well-being demonstrating experimentation and self-reflection
  2. Critique designs through the lens of building design processes demonstrating research abilities, conscious communication skills and critical, creative insight into related thought and design processes
  3. Design environmentally sustainable low rise residential and commercial buildings
  4. Create aesthetic low rise residential and commercial buildings
  5. Creatively solve design problems to meet stakeholder requirements.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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 10
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Portfolio