BLAR12055 - History and Theory of Building Design

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides a broad introduction to the history and theories of building design with a specific focus on the cultural importance, practical uses, construction, and stylistic designs of those buildings. The fundamental knowledge gained in this unit will underpin many design processes and decisions that you will encounter in your work as licensed building designers. The study topics and assessment tasks will develop skills that will enable you to identify and evaluate the successes and failures of historic and contemporary building types as well as the suitability of those buildings for conservation, re-use, or re-development.

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 Prerequisite: BLAR11045

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 3 - 2022

Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2023 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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 45%
3. Online Test 25%

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 3 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 41.18% 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 Feedback
Feedback
The topic material is very interesting and the assessments very engaging.
Recommendation
The topic material will remain the same with some updates. Assessment items will be offered in a similar style.
Action Taken
The topic material remained the same with some updates. Assessment items were be offered in a similar style.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
The lectures are informative and expand on the textbook material with discussions that enforce the learnings.
Recommendation
The lectures will continue to be offered in an interactive format that faciltates discussion and deeper learning.
Action Taken
The lectures were offered in an interactive format that faciltated discussion and deeper learning.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
The Britannica Academic access was useful to learn research skills and provide an overview of the material.
Recommendation
It is recommended that Britannica Academic online access be renewed to support students.
Action Taken
Britannica Academic access was renewed and continues to be offered to support students.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
The amount of time allocated for the online test was insufficient.
Recommendation
The online test will be reviewed and the time extended.
Action Taken
The online test was reviewed and the time was extended.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
The text book should be available to everyone, ideally through the library.
Recommendation
The textbook will be available to everyone via the eReading list that links to the library. If the previously used textbook is unavailable a new textbook will be sourced.
Action Taken
The textbook is freely available via the eReading list on the Moodle site.
Source: SUTE Student Feedback
Feedback
The unit was full of interesting content and could be expanded to cover two units.
Recommendation
The unit will continue to cover the same content with assessments providing students the opportunity to explore buildings and design and construction history and theory further. Whilst the subject matter does span a lot of ground we are unfortunately unable to split the unit into two.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE Student Feedback
Feedback
The online test was thought provoking and sufficient time was provided to answer all questions.
Recommendation
The online test will continue to be offered in the current format and time limit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE Student Feedback
Feedback
The weekly activity forum was useful as an overview that provides examples of buildings from different time periods, construction techniques and building styles and helped get work on the assessments started.
Recommendation
The weekly activity forum will continue to be offered to collate information relevant to the history and theory of building design.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the historical development of building design and construction
  2. Explain culturally diverse values in buildings and spaces
  3. Recognise, discuss and compare the major stylistic trends of building design around the world
  4. Describe the historic and contemporary styles of building design in Australia
  5. Constructively discuss and collaborate within an online team environment to explore and propose potential design solutions for the renovation and extensions of heritage buildings.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment • •
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Test
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
7 - Cross Cultural 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 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Test