BLAR12036 - Building Design 1
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

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

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

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.

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
I liked the textbook, and have ordered a couple of other titles from this author for my own curiosity. I have also ordered the metric handbook as I found the extracts used in the course very useful, and would like copies of the entire texts. Course evaluation Student feedback via the Moodle site varies in regards to the textbook however feedback from students by email and on the phone reflects that the majority would find the Metric Handbook more useful as a textbook.
I believe that a computer based drafting program such as Revit needs to be taught within this degree. Course evaluation Student feedback has been very strong on the issue of learning CAD prior to engaging in this unit. One possible action is to include a CAD introduction into the Built Environment Communications unit. Another alternative is to explore options regarding possible VET units that are currently offered. Investigations into this matter are ongoing.
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
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
1 - Group Discussion  
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment  
4 - Presentation and Written Assessment  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

Whilst there is no mandatory textbook for this unit it is strongly recommended that one of the following books is acquired as an ongoing resource for this unit and the other design related units in the Building Design courses:

"The Metric Handbook: Planing and Design Data", 2015, 5th edition by Pamela Buxton (Editor), published by Routledge.

or

"Neufert Architects' Data", 2012, 4th edition by Ernst and Peter Neufert, published by Wiley-Blackwell.
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Students can access very small excerpts of these books via the unit Moodle site.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorStephanie Keedy (s.keedy@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Client interaction and the preliminary briefing process

Week 2 17-07-2017

Site analysis, environmental sustainability and planning regulations

Week 3 24-07-2017

Accessibility, health and safety issues

Assignment 1 Due Monday (24 Jul 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 4 31-07-2017

Spatial design formulation for residential projects

Week 5 07-08-2017

Building form and aesthetics

Assignment 2 Due Wednesday (09 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Designing the exterior of the residence

Week 7 28-08-2017

Review of design for its impacts on street setting

Week 8 04-09-2017

Site analysis for commercial buildings

Assignment 3 Due Friday (08 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 11-09-2017

Spatial design and building form for commercial buildings

Week 10 18-09-2017

Function-related building design and regulations for business type

Week 11 25-09-2017

Design impacts of commercial buildings

Week 12 02-10-2017

End of Term Review

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Assignment 4 Due Thursday (12 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

Course success criteria

To pass this unit, you must achieve 50% or more in each assessment item (1 to 4) and an overall cumulative result of 50% or more from all assessments.

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Assignment 1
Task Description

This assessment item will primarily address unit Learning Outcomes 1 and 3 with associated implications for learning outcomes 2 and 4. Your submission will be a team task (for each student) to be based on your written response to the briefing (in the Moodle Assessment block), the focus of which will relate to Topics 1 and 2. Further information regarding the assessment will be available on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 3 Monday (24-Jul-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 5 Monday (07-Aug-2017)
Students will be advised of any adverse circumstances that might delay this.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will be relevant to the learning outcomes and topics of focus for this assignment that are listed above in the task description. This assessment item is worth 10% (ie; 10/100, approximately 20% of which (ie; 2/10) is relevant to the presentation quality of your submission and your referencing.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You are required to achieve a minimum mark or grade of 50% of allocated marks for this assessment task in order to pass the unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 2
Task Description

This assessment item will address the unit Learning Outcomes 2 and 3, and will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their preliminary development of the qualities relevant to learning outcomes 1 and 4.

Your submission will be a report containing your responses to the briefing, the focus of which will relate directly to Topics 1, 2 and 3. Full and detailed briefing for this assignment and the assignment rubric will be available from the Assessment Block in Moodle.

Further information regarding the assessment will be available on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Wednesday (09-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Wednesday (30-Aug-2017)
Students will be advised of any adverse circumstances that might delay this.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will be relevant to the learning outcomes and topics of focus for this assignment that are listed above in the task description. This assessment item is worth 20% (ie; 20/100, approximately 20% of which (ie; 4/20) is relevant to the presentation quality of your submission and your referencing.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You are required to achieve a minimum mark or grade of 50% of allocated marks for this assessment task in order to pass the unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

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



3 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 3
Task Description

This assessment item will address Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Your submission will be a report containing your written and illustrated responses to the assignment briefing, the focus of which will relate directly to Topics 4, 5, 6 and 7. Full and detailed briefing for this assignment and the assignment rubric will be available from the Assessment Block in Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017)
Students will be advised of any adverse circumstances that might delay this
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will be relevant to the learning outcomes and topics of focus for this assignment that are listed above in the task description. This assessment item is worth 40% (ie; 40/100, approximately 20% of which (ie; 8/40) is relevant to the presentation quality of your submission and your referencing.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You are required to achieve a minimum mark or grade of 50% of allocated marks for this assessment task in order to pass the unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 4
Task Description

This assessment item will address Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Your submission will be a report containing your written and illustrated responses to the assignment briefing, the focus of which will relate directly to Topics 8, 9, 10 and 11. Full and detailed briefing for this assignment and the assignment rubric will be available from the Assessment Block in Moodle.

Further information regarding the assessment will be available on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Thursday (12-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Return Date: Friday 26th October 2017
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will be relevant to the learning outcomes and topics of focus for this assignment that are listed above in the task description. This assessment item is worth 30% (ie; 30/100, approximately 20% of which (ie; 6/30) is relevant to the presentation quality of your submission and your referencing.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You are required to achieve a minimum mark or grade of 50% of allocated marks for this assessment task in order to pass the unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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