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 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 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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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. Presentation and Written Assessment 30%
2. Group Work 30%
3. Examination 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

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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" Student Feedback
Feedback
Loved the interactive assessment tasks with forum activities.
Recommendation
Interactive assessment tasks with forum activities will continue to be offered.
Action Taken
Interactive forums continue to be a central component of this unit.
Source: "Have Your Say" Student Feedback
Feedback
Maybe include a quiz? Something just to break up the weighting of each assessment.
Recommendation
The inclusion of quizzes is being considered.
Action Taken
Inclusion of a quiz or quizzes is currently under consideration.
Source: "Have Your Say" Student Feedback
Feedback
One thing that stood out from this unit was that I understand the History Events now, how, why and where buildings had such a historical effect on history and the people who either made them or designed them, this has been my favourite subject so far. The two books recommended are brilliant reading, very insightful and give so much information on history of inventions, buildings and people.:)
Recommendation
Use of these two books will be continued.
Action Taken
The two books continue to be used for this unit.
Source: "Have Your Say" feedback
Feedback
I have enjoyed the content. Well structured and easy to follow.
Recommendation
The course structure will be maintained.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have Your Say" Feedback
Feedback
The material was great. I learned way more than I thought I would. The textbook is very useful and the lecturer gave helpful feedback on the assignments.
Recommendation
Feedback on Assignments will continue to be provided in the same format and the same textbook will be used.
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. Compare the major stylistic trends of building design around the world
  4. Describe the historic and contemporary styles of building design in Australia
  5. Apply the reasoning behind an exemplary building’s design to a team solution.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Examination
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
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Examination