BLAR13037 - Building Design 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with an understanding of environmentally appropriate design and planning solutions used in new and refurbished multi-story residential and commercial buildings. You will learn about energy and resource efficiency, universal access, building fabric and services audits, and statutory, planning and heritage considerations. You will be required to establish a mentoring relationship with a professional building engineer. You should have completed previous introductory studies in building design to ensure an adequate level of entry.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prereq: BLAR12036 or [BLAR14015 & BLAR13017]

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 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
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. Presentation and Written Assessment 20%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 40%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 64.29% 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 live weekly lectures and tutorials were great to help get the most out of the subject. The lecturer was always available to answer questions and point us in the right direction.
Recommendation
The lecturer works in the industry and will continue to provide live lectures and tutorials.
Action Taken
Whilst the lecturer was not the same as for previous offerings, questions were responded to within short time frames and weekly lectures and tutorials were held in an interactive format.
Source: "Have Your Say" Feedback
Feedback
The progressive assessment was also nice as it allowed us to see a project through various phases of development. The contact with other students through the presentations was also great as it allowed us to see different approaches to the same problem.
Recommendation
The assessment style and group presentations will be continued.
Action Taken
The assessment style and group presentations continue to be offered.
Source: "Have Your Say" Feedback
Feedback
Even though I loved the opportunity to use REVIT, it was frustrating for me trying to work out how to do what I wanted with limited timeframes. A pre-requisite course in REVIT would be beneficial.
Recommendation
The University is currently investigating options to support CAD learning.
Action Taken
Access to ArchiStar is now offered to help students learn REVIT (and other CAD programs). ArchiStar CAD (incl. REVIT) modules are now included as part of the assessment strategy of Level 1 units for students entering the Building Design courses. For students who are midway through the courses access to ArchiStar self-paced learning modules is provided and encouraged.
Source: "Have Your Say" Feedback
Feedback
The forums get the students communicating and collaborating.
Recommendation
The forums will continue to be used.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have Your Say" Feedback
Feedback
Well developed lesson plans and resources to achieve the desired learning outcomes getting students to really think about what they are creating.
Recommendation
The resources and lesson plans will continue to be offered and subject to continuous review to ensure that they are up to date.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have Your Say" Feedback
Feedback
The assessment task is a great way to provide students with a real-world simulation of a high rise development with assessments that follow on from each other.
Recommendation
The assessment task will continue to be offered in this format.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have Your Say" Feedback
Feedback
For students with no previous drafting or CAD experience, it would be very useful to have access to a course in basic drafting before enrolling in this degree. This would have been useful for this and the other building design unit in the course.
Recommendation
The University now offers ArchiStar access to students to support the acquisition of CAD skills. Further to this, the University is currently considering the development of a proposal to include a CAD unit in the Building Design courses that would serve as a prerequisite to building design studio units.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply design principles to new and refurbished tall and complex buildings.
  2. Explain design solutions within an environmental, social and community context.
  3. Research and solve design and legislative issues for tall and complex buildings.
  4. Discuss appropriate building fabrics, plant, equipment and services to deliver healthy, safe and structurally sound project outcomes.
  5. Show skills in communicating and presenting design concepts and building solutions.

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