You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.
If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.
Units anyone can study
These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.
But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.
Building and planning
The aim of this unit is to provide a broad introduction to the discipline of architecture and an overview of the fields of knowledge with which architects must concern themselves. Design is arguably the core activity of architecture. This design unit offers a broad introduction to the practice of design in an architectural context and is therefore offered at the commencement of the course. It uses developmental exercises to enhance your perceptions of the built environment. Analysis of the constructed environment leads to design projects that engage with issues of context, tectonics, planning, form, and spatial quality. Orthogonal drawing exercises, freehand sketching, presentation graphics and model-making all form part of the unit content. Teaching and learning activities are spread across lectures and studio-based activities.
This unit examines technological and artistic processes of design within an architectural context. It seeks to provide the ability to develop architectural designs of controlled complexity, focusing on aspects of spatial quality. As such, this unit will expose you to the design of a small public building in the Brisbane area. Architectural design as a manageable process is explored through a number of exercises and design projects. Discrete steps in the process of architectural design are made explicit through staged activities that build to a complete design project. Orthogonal drawing exercises, freehand sketching, presentation graphics, and model making all form part of the unit content.
This unit provides you with an ability to develop architectural designs with a focus on aspects of problem solving through an appreciation of architectural principles and process. It advances research skills and investigates architectural principles through the examination of precedents. The unit focuses on dwelling design in the form of houses in a semi-urban or suburban context. It uses developmental exercises to enhance student perceptions of dwelling. Design problems of moderate complexity are tackled through a process of abstraction, experimentation, representation, imagination, and testing. This unit is part of the sequence of design units of the course that continues the development of your architectural design knowledge and skills. This design unit exposes architectural design as a rigorous process with measurable qualities with particular focus on dwelling, spatial qualities of residential living, and the relationship of a building to its landscape.
This unit applies theories of landscape ecology related to sustainable landscape design and planning in combination with an understanding of geomorphological structures and processes. It prepares you for further expansion of your intermediate-level design skills into Landscape Planning theory and application. It expands your understanding of landscape from a small site to a broad and holistic level. Landscape architects need to understand the systems that create and are created by the landscape and so this unit will develop your ability to comprehend the interconnectedness of landscape structures and processes, and how they interact within landscape systems, essential to the formulation of sustainable landscape design propositions. You will apply this knowledge in a semester-long landscape study project, extending the communication techniques you learnt in first and second year units.
This foundation unit introduces the history of the built environment that will inform your study of global architectures that have occurred over several millennia putting the present into its relative context. It is designed to integrate the discipline specific content of architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture within the broad context of a global understanding of spatial histories from multiple perspectives. The unit addresses key designs, ideas and issues that have shaped the aesthetic, environmental, socio-cultural and political factors that related to their production. It enables you to become familiar with the critical moments and paradigm shifts of the built environment through global perspectives; and develop an understanding of yourself as a participant in the continuum of the rich cultural tradition of designing and making places for human inhabitation.
In this introductory unit, you will gain a big picture view of the strategies and interactions that influence the sustainable development of the built environment. Using design-thinking, you will consider the end user of built spaces and the social and cultural impacts of decisions at every stage of the project development and planning process. You will analyse problems and consider various innovative solutions. You will learn appropriate terminology and communication strategies to communicate and negotiate with diverse stakeholders including clients, design managers, architects, project managers, urban planners, construction managers and quantity surveyors and cost engineers. You will also learn how and when these roles intersect and how you can have a strategic impact on the project development and planning process.
This unit develops your knowledge, skills and application for residential construction management. The unit introduces current domestic construction techniques and materials that are the core of any construction process. You are taught to read plans and build a house by studying construction theory and legislation, visiting building sites, sketching construction details and drawing simple plans. This first year unit complements UXB100 and prepares you for Integrated Construction Management and Commercial Construction Management.
Imagine what your future construction management career will be like. This unit introduces you to the essential professional skills and practices you will need throughout your studies and professional career in construction, and provides a sense of identity as a construction management professional. Key concepts such as fundamentals of construction management, occupational health and safety, professional practice, ethics and sustainability are explored.
This is an introductory level unit that introduces structural and non structural materials used in the construction process Most common types of construction engineering materials (timber, building boards, fibre composites, concrete, masonry, metals, ceramics, glass and granular materials) used to create modern structures are introduced and their basic properties, construction applications, behaviour, strength, durability, suitability, sustainability and limitations are discussed. The knowledge for which is vital for the construction of any building project. The unit also provides foundation to the design of structures through introduction to the statics at an elementary level. The unit develops strong foundation to the construction management disciplines and further studies on the design of structures.
This unit explores the role of construction firms as business entities in the construction industry. It introduces the business, social and economic environments in which construction firms operate, and the industry-specific challenges of growing and managing a socially responsible, forward thinking and profitable construction business. The ability to develop a business plan to competently guide business direction and growth is a core skill needed to navigate the dynamic and competitive nature of construction business. Key elements of the business plan include a competent analysis of the market, identifying and engaging key stakeholders, mitigating business risks and opportunities, and build a caring and inclusive corporate culture. This is an introductory unit and the knowledge and skills developed are relevant to construction management and related majors.
This unit introduces the broad scope of contemporary quantity surveying activity and cost engineering. It focuses on three broad areas of professional quantity surveying and cost engineering and in doing so, considers the similarities and differences across Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering. Firstly, what it means to be a professional is considered including image and status, fees, codes of ethics, professional competence and continuing professional development. Secondly, ways in which professionals engage with a workplace including terms of appointment are explored. Finally, the work of quantity surveying and cost engineering takes place within a social and environmental context and the unit will relate interactions between business and environmental interests including the natural environment, environment economics and ecologically sustainable development.
During this unit you will examine the interactions of forces and events that act to produce elements of the built environment, and actively explore the role played by the built environment in shaping human history through the use of historical examples from around the world. The development of your professional understanding of our built environment is based in an appreciation of the role that you will play as part of the ongoing historical processes that shape human settlement patterns. In particular it is important to actively explore the social and environmental forces involved in the evolution of the many ways that the built environment expresses itself both across time and in different locations. The aim of this unit is to explore the role played by culture, technology, and the environment in the historical development of cities and regions.
This unit will provide you with an understanding of how the environment informs the decisions and activities of built environment professionals. You will be introduced to principles, tools, and approaches for the identification, assessment and management of environmental impacts and environmental risk. Through interaction with practitioners, you will learn about theories for environmental decision making and gain knowledge about the application of theories for environmental planning and management in practice. Lectures present environmental planning issues, policies, and methods. You will engage in dialogues on contemporary environmental dilemmas, exploring ethical and practical aspects that underpin conflict in environmental policy-making processes. Computer labs will refine the skills you acquired in site analysis units, providing you with tools to facilitate collaborative problem-solving with spatial models. This unit will aid your preparations for professional practice.
This is a foundation unit that provides opportunities for acquiring, refining and applying quantitative, qualitative and spatial skills required for analyses of cities and regions. The unit introduces techniques required to undertake thematic and emergent qualitative analyses, descriptive statistics, communication and analyses of spatial data, use of software in professional practice of urban analyses, and contemporary real-world urban analyses. Gaining skills to confidently apply these techniques is critical for an urban planning practitioner whether working in public or private sector. The unit also helps in gaining knowledge and skills in managing collaborative projects using structured timelines and assistive technologies, reflecting on collaboration in a clear and professional manner to communicate growth in skills and competencies, and interpreting, synthesising and effectively communicating data analysis results to inform policy.
This unit introduces you to the various demographic, economic, social and physical aspects of our cities to help understand the nature of cities we live in. You will be exposed to various theoretical perspectives focusing on the growth and development of cities and their regions, with an emphasis on their spatial structure and the spatial distribution of population, land uses and economic activities within them. You will develop your knowledge and skills in understanding the growth and development of cities, using real-world examples.
This is a foundation unit that provides opportunities for acquiring, refining and applying knowledge of and skills in land use planning and geographic information system in an integrated way. The unit introduces spatial analysis techniques required to undertake contemporary real-world urban analyses required for land use planning. Gaining skills to confidently apply spatial analysis techniques in land use planning is critical for an urban planning practitioner whether working in public or private sector. The unit also helps in gaining knowledge and skills in analysing substantive theoretical and practical concepts involved in land use planning, evaluating data and applying regulatory frameworks to inform land use decision-making, communicating land use planning concepts both visually and in writing, and proposing solutions to complex land use problems.
Like all other species on the planet, humans extract energy and materials from their surrounding environment and as a result of that activity, modify ecosystems. We are part of the earth's ecological systems, and our ability to understand and manage our impact on the environment must be based on a sound knowledge of ecosystems ecology. This first year unit provides an introduction to ecosystems science through a series of lectures, workshops and field work. The unit focuses on broad-scale factors that shape ecosystems, such as energy transfer, materials cycling, climate and soils and examines the ecological patterns that emerge as a result. This knowledge is then used to assess ecosystem change and human impact on the environment. This foundational unit is relevant to environmental science and biology students and those with an interest in understanding the natural science components of sustainability.
This is an introductory unit for all engineering disciplines. It provides you with a wide appreciation of the engineering profession, its achievements and current and future challenges. It will introduce you to the concept of sustainability and how sustainability impacts current and future engineering ventures. It will also develop your professional skills that will be essential to your functioning as an effective professional engineer both individually and as part of a team.
Building Big builds on the construction fundamentals covered in the unit UXB110 Residential Construction and further develops these concepts and applies them to the industrial property, retail centres, high rise commercial and high rise residential property. The unit provides the construction and design background that defines good quality building materials, design, layout and construction. These concepts will provide the basis for the understanding of how construction type and quality are reflected in the market demand and value of these property types from a development, valuation and investment perspective.
Units you need background knowledge to study
These units have requirements for previous study or background knowledge. Check the unit’s previous study requirements for details. If you have any questions, contact the unit coordinator for the semester you want to study.
If your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.
Building and planning
This unit explores the global movement of modern architecture from its European roots. As many contemporary architects state, the movement still influences architecture and theory and this unit will enable you to locate contemporary global architecture within a framework of rich, complex and interconnected cultural, societal and historical contexts and traditions. You will acquire the facility to read seminal texts, to begin to understand your own design projects in an historical context, and to engage with the global architectural debates which inform architecture today. This unit is part of the history and theory stream in architectural studies. As an architect, you should be able to analyse developments in architectural history from multiple perspectives. Following on from DYB112 Spatial Materiality and DYB114 Spatial Histories, this unit explores and critically examines significant issues, influential individuals and exemplary works of the modern movement.
This unit provides you with an ability to develop architectural designs of limited complexity with particular focus on aspects of urban context, planning and form through an understanding of site specificities, topography, urban infrastructure and the natural landscape. In particular the unit focuses on a small civic building design. It builds on prior knowledge gained in the first three design studios, but introduces a higher level of architectural thought via the practice of formalism in architecture, involving established aesthetic concepts of architectural object and language that underlie global architectural praxis. It also introduces urban design into the design studio thereby expanding your previous knowledge of site planning to a new level. It will teach new skills in architectural design, urban analysis, and architectural drawing, modelling and visualisation toward the formal synthesis of the architectural object in urban space.
This unit familiarises you with the basic design principles and passive strategies for heating, cooling and daylighting necessary for architectural designs that respond to human needs (human comfort), regionalism and climate. Understanding the importance of climate-responsive design and environmental factors on the design development of buildings provides you with the tools to integrate environmental design principals in buildings. In a world of finite resources, understanding the physical phenomenon we have to deal with in design is essential for responsible professionals. Technical and scientific issues are an integral part of design projects. It is a fundamental task of architectural design to achieve maximum comfort requirements of the users while minimising energy consumption.
This unit introduces building construction principles, an essential part of the vocabulary and knowledge of an architect. It increases your understanding of applied construction technologies and materials as key concepts for design development and resolution. It examines the role of building standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in building design, including its housing provisions and associated codes for all types of buildings to achieve the requirements for building approvals. It also looks at domestic construction with emphasis on general material and structural properties of building components and systems; and common construction practices used in dwellings, single storey and class 10 buildings. Comparison of building systems and their effect on domestic building design will be explored in detail.
The unit will aid you to develop architectural designs of intermediate complexity with focus on the integration of issues pertinent to commercial architectural projects that address modern technology, society and culture. This design unit expects you to start undertaking your own, independent research and project development, aiming for a real-world design environment. It builds upon design skills developed in previous units focusing on commercial architecture of industrial and mixed-use projects. Particular emphasis is placed on effective and professional communication of the design intent with the aid of digital tools. Design theory, sustainability, sociology, heritage and adaptive re-use, history and critique, as they all apply to architectural design, all form part of the content.
This unit advances your architectural design skills in an urban context focusing on ethical and sustainable solutions for residential communities. Design is the core activity of architecture and the architectural design studio is a major component of the course. As part of the research and learning focus in the School of Design, it centres on the exploration and application of concepts of sustainability in design through the development of residential communities. This unit aims to develop the skills to engage with challenging Australian urban contexts, sustainable solutions for housing urban populations and mixed use architecture. It also addresses the interdependencies among social, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions at local and global levels crucial to sustainable design for human settlement.
This unit develops visual communication skills previously acquired with emphasis on the ability to communicate technical intentions. Architects recognise that visualisation or communication of process, decisions and outcomes is crucial. To date, you know how to effectively communicate your architectural intentions using both analogue and digital means, skills primarily intended for the communication of design and technical aspects of buildings. However, the ability to communicate technical intentions is equally important. This unit integrates both these aspects through technical communication and documentation skills using Building Information Modelling (BIM).
This unit addresses the qualitative influences of structural and construction systems on the design of buildings. In particular, the possibilities and limits of building structure as related to architectural intention through the use of exemplars. The unit explains how to understand and use structural and construction systems to advance the design development of medium scale commercial and public buildings that achieve sustainable outcomes. You will become familiar with various construction systems where an emphasis is placed on the criteria to be used for the selection of appropriate building systems and their associated materials.
This unit addresses the principles and application of building services and the Building Code of Australia for low-rise buildings. It looks at the principles, the equipment and the architect’s role (building services procurement, consultation on design decision making, establishing selection criteria for systems and equipment, an understanding of the spatial requirements of building equipment and communication systems for low-rise buildings). The unit also offers the skills to transform technical design ideas into built form through technical documentation while introducing you to Building Information Modelling. It focuses on indoor conditions control through the effective design and integration of building services. You will simulate office practice, producing Building Code of Australia compliant documentation. In this unit, building services, fire safety, and building code requirements are offered as drivers of architectural design.
This unit offers an overview of the main urban studies theories and illustrates techniques and tools to investigate an urban landscape. Understanding the structure of a city as well as the relationship between urban form, environment, and architecture is necessary to function as a reflective practitioner in the real world. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical thinking and analytical approaches to problems associated with the city and its design. In this unit you will learn how to investigate an urban environment to inform and support your design activity; you will develop your problem-solving skills experimenting with theoretical principles in different real-world scenarios. Teaching and learning activities are spread across lectures, online activities and online workshops. The unit will include consideration of urban morphology, urban design, urban planning, and social justice concepts in relation to the urban landscape.
This unit focuses on design as applied to architecture, engaging with the concept of building typologies at different scales. In terms of the building scale, you will be requested to develop a complex industrial building. At the urban scale, you will apply the concept of building typologies to develop a mixed-use, medium-density masterplan. On completion of this unit you will be conversant with building typologies; the forces shaping their development; the critical, analytical, and speculative research skills applicable to architectural projects; ways to address architectural issues and to design from that position; and the application of knowledge and skills in architectural technology to the design process.
This unit is your first landscape design studio introducing you to foundational landscape design knowledge, skills and applications. You will acquire these in stages, covering a range of design principles, theories and processes which you will apply to real or simulated design scenarios. The first stage is an immersion in, and familiarisation with, understanding space and landscape architectural works, to interpret, test and represent space making and its logic. Next you will learn to apply basic design problem solving processes to articulate landscape architectural propositions in response to your interpretations. You will learn and experiment with design and discipline-specific language including application of the representational techniques. This studio prepares you for the ongoing series of landscape design studio units.
This unit introduces landscape design principles, theories and processes, and their application in problem solving and articulation of landscape architectural propositions. It consolidates and provides foundational skills and knowledge to develop ongoing landscape design studio units. Through critical thinking and experimental design propositions you will explore the relations between the process and concepts of landscape, space, scale, time and landscape atmospheres. You will experiment with design development processes and the language of landscape design to articulate and communicate ideas. This unit builds on DLB101 Landscape Studio 1 and DYB111 Create and Represent: Form, inviting you to interpret wider dimensions of landscape and experiment with design development and representation. It guides you to apply the representational techniques you will learn in DYB113 Create and Represent: Materials.
This unit provides foundational landscape technology principles of landform and tectonics and processes allowing you to understand and apply the technical manipulation of landforms as part of the landscape design process. This unit continues your development of finer scale of detail and precision including landform grading for drainage and circulation. It extends the technical graphic design development and communication skills developed in Create and Represent units and prepares you for the subsequent Landscape units.
This unit introduces a range of theories, principles and approaches to contemporary place making through site planning skills and the critical examination of how people perceive and respond to their environment, both individually and collectively. It explores theories of environment and behaviour, place-making and environmental psychology essential to the formulation of sustainable landscape design propositions. These investigations and design propositions develop your research and design communication skills and will provide an intellectually rigorous foundation for the rest of this course and for later professional practice. This unit advances your skills to research and apply design theory in the creation of places for people. It addresses key physical, psychological and cultural theories that underpin our knowledge of the reciprocal relationship between people and their environments. You will also have the opportunity to improve your design communication skills.
This second year unit builds on your knowledge of environmental sustainability and introduces you to scientific, horticultural and planting design principles and their application in sustainable site-based planting design, including the specific conventions of planting design communication. As such, the unit engages with the basic plant sciences (botany, ecology and horticulture) including: botanical nomenclature, morphology, plant forms, assemblages and systems, and plant cultivation requirements. You will apply this knowledge to develop and articulate sustainable site-based planting design propositions and extend your communication techniques.
This unit introduces landscape structural theories, material properties, and design and construction principles and processes. Its content will help you analyse technical briefs and critically evaluate and select appropriate materials and construction techniques to formulate sustainable landscape design propositions and implementation strategies. This unit also addresses the legislative environment governing landscape construction.
This capstone unit builds on the critical thinking and design resolution skills that students have developed though their earlier design studios and associated units. The studio begins with students researching and presenting exemplar projects and threatened landscape case studies. This will be conducted through the framework of relevant landscape resilience theory. This research will then provide the standpoint upon which students develop design propositions to the identified problem site and/or scenario.
This unit addresses landscape design and technology / construction principles and processes. It is your first advanced-level landscape design studio unit, and your first 24-credit-point unit in the 4-year landscape architecture course. As such, it unites and builds on technical landscape design principles and processes in a program of advanced design resolution through the development of technical documents commensurate with those produced by the profession for landscape construction contractors. It shifts your learning toward greater creative and technical design specificity and independent application, providing a solid foundation for your final year landscape design studios beginning with DLH700.
This unit applies theoretical concepts of landscape planning and landscape urbanism to sustainable landscape design and planning approaches. It explores advanced theories in landscape planning to help you conceptualise the complex social and environmental issues and policy frameworks that inform land development, and the related design and planning theories and processes such as those emerging through landscape urbanism. In a sustained semester-long project you will engage with a large-scale site and associated complex problems of planning, design and management, and independently formulate innovative and sustainable landscape planning and design propositions and implementation strategies. This unit introduces complexity and independent application of communication and presentation techniques commensurate with professional-level landscape architectural investigation and practice. The following semester unit DLH800 will build on these skills in your capstone landscape project.
This capstone unit aims for you to be able to apply theories of Landscape Planning and Landscape Urbanism in landscape appraisal and design development. You will undertake a sustained thesis-style project at an advanced conceptual and schematic landscape design level based on substantial independent research and rigorous design development. Understanding landscape architecture as a contextual and relational discipline, you will formulate innovative and sustainable landscape planning and design propositions and implementation strategies to balance competing social, cultural, economic, and ecological constraints and opportunities. This unit develops independent skills in investigation and practice enabling you to engage with a wide range of projects. It consolidates your individual expression of the knowledge, skills and application of landscape design principles, theories and processes developed in your landscape architecture core units to date.
This unit introduces the legal and regulatory environment in which landscape architects operate. Design practice requires the understanding and adherence to a range of ethical, cultural, business and legal concerns and requirements. This unit provides you with the knowledge to understand and participate in professional design practice by introducing key issues in the design professions, including: the organisation and roles of the regulatory and professional bodies governing the professions; the cultural and legal context for contemporary design practice; essential skills in consultancy and construction contracts; and the ethical values and attitudes which govern professional practice. An emphasis on integrated scholarship and collaborative links with other professions will build your capacity and resilience as you transition from life as a university student to life as a beginning professional.
This unit addresses a critical and non-linear examination of the histories of landscape, how societal and cultural events reshaped the raw milieu, exploited the land and transformed space. Landscape history and landscape architectural criticism are intertwined to support in-depth study and discussion of cultural landscapes, of a series of typologies and archetypes and landscape architectural works. Landscape, its space and significant works are examined and explored through the application of theoretical frameworks and conservation methodologies and techniques. This unit builds on historiography and criticality to decipher broad and specific interactions between society and the environment, and to address a critique on landscape and heritage.
Plants are a key element in our landscapes and a critical component of the landscape architect's toolkit. This unit will provide an in-depth look at individual plants and plant communities that occur and are used within natural and urban systems. Understanding how plants can be used to enhance ecosystem services and green infrastructure within a variety of ecological and social conditions is critical to create resilient landscapes within the context of significant environmental change. You will learn about the functions of vegetation as related to biodiversity, drought and flooding mitigation, erosion control, carbon sequestration, evapotranspiration and cooling.
This unit investigates contemporary ecological perspectives on issues of climate change adaptation, mitigation and resilience, as critical theory informing advanced landscape architectural design. Landscape architects employ ecological concepts in their work, yet may not have a deep understanding of the science, nor of the many sub-ecologies developed in response to a destabilised world. This unit does not aim to create expertise in the science of ecology, but to discuss the range of contemporary ecologies as lenses through which to examine and respond to the most pressing challenges of contemporary times. It delves into ethical issues concerning the relationships amongst humans, nonhumans and built and unbuilt environments.
This unit will explore planning and policy as a critical component of landscape architecture practice, and design practice more broadly. Working at scales that can include catchments, corridors, cities, regions, and states, landscape planning requires an understanding of how individual project sites are connected and have implications beyond their boundaries. This unit will delve into theoretical framing to solidify your understanding of relevant planning policy required to develop a resilient and socially just environment. Landscape architecture projects must be informed and often abide by a set of planning regulations, plans, and visions and designers must be aware of this context. You will critically explore global planning strategies and initiatives that can inform good planning and design outcomes. This will enhance your in-depth understanding of the local and regional policies that have implications for addressing critical contemporary issues.
This studio-based unit is focused on climate-responsive landscape design, applying advanced skills in design development and communication in an intensive studio model. The design project will harness knowledge from research and landscape architectural exemplars, and through industry stakeholder-informed design challenges, address critical contemporary issues related to climate change reduction, adaptation, mitigation and resilience. Skills used in this studio such as problem articulation and research, advanced design concept development, collaborative design, detailed design, graphic and 3D visualisation and professional presentation are essential for landscape architects to respond effectively to the challenges of global environmental change. This studio is positioned early in the degree in order to advance knowledge and skills in climate-responsive design, as well as advancing communication skills which inform the other studio units in the degree.
This hands-on intensive studio unit introduces holistic approaches in environmental design by using the concept of ‘play’ to understand non-linear conditions of urban spaces. This explorative journey provides you with an opportunity to push conceptual boundaries that challenge preconditioned thinking with respect to the internal and external dimension of the human condition. This unit will solidify your research, analysis and mapping skills to gain insights related to cognitive behaviour, and environmental perception to improve health and well-being outcomes in urban spaces. Students will apply a range of design methods to understand how spaces may lose or gain playfulness through targeted design interventions. Informed by real world examples, students will work through multiple design phases, that includes design detailing for aesthetics, function, and constructability, in order to create a design that results in a more socially-just urban space.
This unit introduces the principles and elements of design in the interior design context with an emphasis on dwelling and associated concepts of embodiment and interiority. Learning to design for interior design practice requires the development of coherent and advanced knowledge of design process, practice and content pertinent to the production of meaningful and socially responsive environments. This unit introduces you to this knowledge through lectures, readings, tutorials and projects that enable you to appreciate the knowledge and skills you already have that have application in design and how to enhance these with a specific focus on learning for interior design at a foundational level. The learning in this unit will be progressively developed through subsequent design units in the course.
This first year Interior Architecture unit introduces the understanding of design not only as a language, but also as a spatial design activity through which you visualise your designs atmospherically and experientially. It addresses introductory concepts and approaches found in cinematic techniques and site-based research as applied to interior design. It builds on the elementary principles of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design introduced in DTB101 Interior Design 1. This unit comprises teaching activities, readings, and projects with a specific focus on learning for interior design at a foundational level. The learning in this unit will be progressively developed through subsequent design units in the course.
This unit develops sound competency in the technical communication of commercial construction and detailing of interiors in order to apply this knowledge to project work. It provides opportunities to develop your knowledge of the information required to assemble a set of construction documents for a commercial interior design scenario. It links to other core interior design units by introducing you to the commercial sector, in particular exploring 2D and 3D digital drafting conventions and the application of building codes and standards with an emphasis on interior construction assemblies and access. This unit will develop your knowledge of the techniques and conventions required for digital documentation of technical material. It also covers the technical knowledge required to document a commercial project to meet relevant codes and standards. These are fundamental skills required by a professional interior designer.
This unit addresses aspects of multifunctional interiors within commercial contexts, focusing on large-scale spaces with vertical circulation as part of the greater urban social fabric. It integrates theoretical, technological, sociological and design methods to address design problems. A holistic view of the situation presented will be undertaken so that a synthesis of complex relationships can be managed. It provides you with opportunities to build on, practise and evidence your individual and collaborative sensory design process, design theory, and understanding of social urban context, which will provide a foundation for any subsequent units with more complex designs. Through the application of research-based design approaches, you will realise that complex design outcomes are multi-layered and therefore rich in meaning and significance, whilst responding to multi-function specific and realistic project requirements.
Drawing on environmental psychology relevant to spatial design, this unit provides the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the transactional nature of the relationship between people and the built environment. The unit complements the socio-cultural aspects of design addressed in the Design in Society unit providing core theoretical and technical knowledge to support evidence-based design and ethical and sustainable practice. Interior designers require an understanding of how people and the built environment engage physically, psychosocially and existentially if they are to help produce individually meaningful and socially responsive environments. They also require skills to explore person-environment interaction relevant to practice-based projects. This unit builds on introductory understandings of the nature of human engagement and inhabitation and, in so doing, prepares you to consolidate your design knowledge and skills.
This unit develops a broad and coherent understanding of colour, its psychology and complexity, and interdependence with light in the context of design theory and application in practice. As such, it introduces you to the attributes, influences and principles of implications of colour and light within the built environment. It develops broad knowledge and the skills to apply theoretical concepts relative to colour and lighting in the creation of spatial design projects. It focuses on the human response to colour and light through an understanding of the histories, theories, and methods of application relevant to two and three-dimensional environments.
This unit explores the complex nature of material and product selections to further enhance interior design project outcomes. Your knowledge of materials and products relevant to commercial interior design applications will be developed with a focus on sustainable manufacturing processes. This unit then introduces you to appropriate documentation to communicate your research and understanding to relevant project stakeholders. Specifying appropriate products for a variety of interior design scenarios is a fundamental process in the delivery of an interior design project.
This unit addresses the relationships between design and everyday socio-cultural practices enabling you to apply this knowledge in contemporary designed environments analysis such as work and exhibiting environments and service scapes. It provides theoretical and analytical opportunities to develop knowledge of the way the designed world intersects with social life. These insights are crucial to the capacity of design to respond in an evidenced-based and socially responsible way to the designed world as lived and experienced. The unit reviews theories and case studies to illuminate the relationships between design and everyday practice across cultures and time and provides an opportunity to apply these insights in an analysis of a designed environment. It focuses on socio-cultural aspects of design and complements the psychologically oriented unit, DTB205 Design Psychology, while also helping consolidate your final year learning in preparation for professional practice.
This unit provides you with the opportunity to undertake a ‘real world’ design project at a level which is developed in empirical and conceptual knowledge and application. It refines your design methods to undertake an informed design exploration; critically analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable and complex problems; and present those design processes and solutions at a beginning professional standard. You will develop your critical knowledge of contemporary social contexts within actual built spaces, focusing on ‘process’ and ‘solution’. It addresses the role and relevance of research, while applying theoretical, technical, ethical and legislative constraints. Through semi-directed learning and studio communications, the project allows for the exploration of public space interaction in interior environments at an increased scale, level of complexity and resolution. The unit also looks at design methodology and further develops methods of oral and visual communication.
This advanced unit aims to develop an understanding of the relationship between design, environmental quality, access and egress and technology while developing your technical communication skills. It introduces a greater complexity in commercial interior construction, services integration and code compliance while also developing your technical documentation skills. The unit links directly to your previous studies in DTB200 and provides the necessary knowledge, skills and application required to document the construction of your designs through all of your core units. DTB306 sits at the developmental stage of your course and provides you with opportunities to develop your knowledge of services integration, digital drafting and documentation requirements in a commercial workplace application with an emphasis on meeting codes and standards relating to fire safety.
Furniture and its role in the built environment is fundamental to creating an enhanced user experience. This unit develops at an intermediate level your knowledge, skills and their application regarding furniture and joinery in the interior and exterior context with a specific focus on experimental design and prototype construction. It builds upon the technical issues introduced in prior design and technology units, such as design, detailing and working drawing documentation, materials and ergonomics. Through an investigation of furniture and its design, this unit introduces you to the broad base of knowledge and the well-developed skills necessary to the field of interior design. Furniture and joinery are integral elements in an interior environment aesthetically, socially and culturally. You will therefore investigate aspects of the interior environment through the design of furniture and joinery within an appropriate and authentic real world context.
This unit provides the knowledge, skills, and practical abilities to understand and participate in an architectural/interior design practice as a beginning professional. It introduces the management and technical requirements associated with operating a design practice, the organisation and roles of the regulatory and professional bodies, the cultural and legal context, and values and attitudes that govern professional practice. Interior designers require knowledge of management theory, of building contract requirements and project management techniques, of building technology and techniques, contract documentation and administration, and technical communication skills. This unit covers a range of ethical, cultural, legal, operational, and technical concerns related to the practice. It links to related stakeholders and professional disciplines, providing authentic learning opportunities.
This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application in regards to the person-environment relationship, and the implications for dual-function, sensory spatial design, as well as building on foundational design processes. As such, it aims to integrate theoretical, technological, sociological and design methods to address design problems. You will define individual tasks and research such that design theory and collaborative design process become integral to the resolution of your design. You will investigate the fundamental aspects of immersion (Space/time 4th dimension, Reverie, Presence and Phenomenology) and Interaction (Participation, Experience, Responsibility, Inclusivity and Activism) in relation to interior design practice and associated fields through explorative digital craft making and the refurbishment of an existing two-storey building with vertical circulation.
This capstone unit aims to further prepare you to engage with and inform the discourse of the interior design discipline and profession in a way that is ethically and socially responsible. Assuming the role of a professional requires an attitude of service - to the client, the user and the wider community. Integral to this is attention to your own ongoing development as a professional as well as the ability to communicate proficiently within and contribute actively to the discourse of the discipline. While many of these attributes of professionalism have been addressed in your prior learning in the course, this unit provides the opportunity for a more direct focus while also providing a context for further developing and consolidating design practice knowledge and skills covered in DTH702 Interior Design Practice Studio 1.
This unit introduces you to the foundational visualisation skills and applications needed to formulate design propositions such as sketching, technical drawing, simple physical and digital model-making, rendering, composition and presentation. Visualisation is a crucial part of design thinking. The ability to use appropriate techniques and media to communicate design ideas is a vital part of the design process. Designers need to conceptualise and communicate two dimensional/three dimensional forms and spatial qualities. Therefore it is important for designers to learn how to imagine, visualise and communicate these ideas effectively. The unit is paired with DYB113 Create and Represent: Materials as part of the foundation block in the first year of study that will enable you to acquire the preliminary skills required for design communication in the Spatial Study Areas. These skills will be progressively applied throughout your course.
This unit provides an exploration of the materials of the built environment. It will focus on a number of thematic issues of materials: their physical properties, their histories, their environmental impacts, and their applications in making architecture, interiors and landscapes. Through activities of analysis, observation and research, you will discover materials’ tectonic ability to heighten the human experience of the spatial environments around us. As such, the unit aims to foster a spirit of enquiry into the creation of spatial environments. As a foundation unit for architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture students, it offers a broad view of the spatial disciplines and the materiality of their design and creation.
This unit introduces you to the fundamentals of building materials and their representation through the development of foundation digital visualisation skills and applications and their integration with manual skills and analogue media. You will develop visualisation skills and techniques within the design process through understanding the drawing conventions associated with the representation of materials, as well as the ability to select the right visualisation technique for each phase of the design process. Visualisation and representation are crucial aspects of design thinking, with a particular emphasis on understanding the physical quality of building materials. This unit is paired with DYB112 which introduces representation techniques in the design process. In this unit you will learn to use two- and three-dimensional software applications and physical model making to present your ideas, which demonstrates an appreciation of the fundamental aspects of building materials.
This unit is project-based and introduces students to research methods and methodologies that have relevance to designers. An understanding of research is important for design practice in order to understand existing conditions and needs, to test ideas, to understand the implications of design-decisions, to evaluate how a design intervention is used, and to anticipate changes that will need to be made. Research is critical to advancing design practice and ensuring decisions can be made based on evidence.
This unit explores multiple dimensions of integrated approaches and principles in urban design. It is about adding quality to products and processes related to urban spaces that shape our everyday life experiences and reinforce sustainability and landscape resilience. Participants will gain an appreciation and deeper understanding of the complex urban problems and different ways of thinking in order to respond to these multifaceted challenges and translate them into policy and design solutions. Key principles, frameworks and associated methods will be explored which enable good urban design practice that leads to socially just spaces for all.
This unit offers the opportunity to develop a rich appreciation of Indigenous culture in Australia, exploring how this influences landscape architectural and architectural design, practice and planning. It provides an overview of Indigenous Australian history, examining what the natural environment afforded First Peoples, their customs and traditional land management. Students will gain an understanding of the deep connection to country that resulted from this intergenerational occupation of the Australian landscape. The unit discusses the ongoing impacts of colonisation, the responsibilities of designers working with Indigenous communities and what design ethics and landscape resilience mean for working in Indigenous contexts. The notion of relationships built on trust and respect is fundamental to learnings in this unit. International case studies on successful decolonised design outcomes in both spatial design will be presented throughout the unit.
This unit introduces and consolidates key issues in discourses about the professional practice and business of a design office. The unit is delivered in two key modules. Module 1 investigates how to become, and what it means to be, a professional designer, specifically examining the organisation and roles of the bodies that govern the professions and the necessity for an ethical orientation in professional life. Module 2 expands on this knowledge, by providing a detailed understanding in the processes of professional relations, with a specific focus on leadership skills, collaboration, communication, discrimination, and health and wellness issues. This unit enables students from Landscape Architecture and Architecture to collaborate and share learning experiences.
This unit builds upon and consolidates key issues in understanding an architect's and landscape architect's management, documentation and contract administration of projects, as spatial designers. The unit examines various phases of spatial design projects including the inception, schematic design, design development, documentation, contract administration and completion stages. The unit is delivered in two key modules. Module 1 provides a detailed understanding of the various ways in which spatial designers manage key phases of a project, including areas such as project programming, and professional correspondence. Module 2 examines various forms of contracts, emerging codes and standards that must be adhered to in Australia, the contract administration phase of projects, and includes a review of the laws and statutory regulations that impact the practice of architecture and landscape architecture.
This unit is predominantly concerned with the activities undertaken by construction cost management professionals in preparing Bills of Quantities (BQs) for construction work of a simple nature. It teaches you to how formally measure to BQ items for residential and small commercial building works in accordance with the Australian Standard Method of Measurement in the context of the tendering/procurement process. The unit also provides a basic appreciation of virtual building graphical models as they relate to integrated practice concepts used in industry, by way of the graphical representation and spatial relationships of digital building models, and an introduction to cost management/building area measurement. The unit is an integral part of the Quantity Surveying-Cost Engineering degree, in linking with foundation units in construction technology and preparing you for further advanced units in building and infrastructure measurement and construction estimating.
This is a foundation unit integrating residential/ small commercial construction processes in a collaborative digital environment by utilizing building information modelling and related technology. The ability to use building information modelling and related technology in construction processes in a collaborative digital environment involving a project team from different disciplines is important to work in the industry. This unit prepares you for UXB211 Building Services and other units.
This is a fundamental construction management unit that provides you with extensive theoretical knowledge to understand concepts, principles, and construction techniques and procedures to commercial construction. It critically evaluate projects in terms of procurement, constructability, construction methodology, planning, scheduling techniques and site organisation. The ability to manage and supervise the construction process of a cross section construction types such as low rise residential apartment buildings and commercial and industrial buildings is an essential requirement for construction management professionals. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to both construction management and quantity surveying and cost engineering and build upon earlier units in residential and integrated construction, building services, preparing you for further advanced units in design for structures and high-rise construction management.
This foundational construction management unit focuses on fire, mechanical and electrical services in preparation for further advanced units in Commercial & High-rise Construction and Sevices and Heavy Engineering Measurement. It introduces fire detection, suppression and control; building hydraulic services including water supply, hot and cold water reticulation, stormwater, and sanitary waste disposal systems; types of ventilation; air-conditioning systems and heating and installation procedures; electrical transformers, mains, sub-mains, switchboards, protection devices, power and lighting systems, data, communication, and security systems; systems monitoring; and energy management and efficiency. You will learn how to interpret building services drawings; evaluate services systems; apply calculation methods to critically analyze building services elements and propose solutions to related problems.
Measurement is a core skill and attribute among building and infrastructure professionals, particularly important in relation to the production of descriptive and quantified documents within the design cost management process for the purposes of tendering, estimating and construction cost management practices within the construction and infrastructure sectors. This unit develops a deeper appreciation of the measurement of more complex work sections and trades and the development and application of suitable and accurate construction cost management documents in a concise and systematic manner. More advanced strategies will be explored with virtual building graphical models as they relate to integrated practice concepts used in industry. This unit builds on the measurement attributes developed in the first year studies and prepares you for further advanced units in Services & Heavy Engineering Measurement, construction estimating and other Cost management areas.
The objective of this unit is for you to learn, practice and apply site planning processes, techniques and skills on a selected project site. Topics include information retrieval, site appraisal and analysis techniques, constructive critique, and presentation skills.
This is a core planning unit that will address the theory, principles and methods for effective stakeholder engagement in planning processes. It introduces when and how to use different engagement methods to address planning conflicts and gain important practical experience in stakeholder engagement.
This unit introduces you to transport systems in selected cities around the world, facilitating investigation into schemes and policies for promoting sustainable transport. The unit also assists you to integrate transport modelling theory with a set of analytical approaches which are frequently used in transport planning practice, including revealed and stated preference approaches. You will learn to design data collection instruments, analyse transport-related data, and communicate results effectively.
This unit is generally taken by third year students and builds on concepts from earlier planning units in QUT’s planning course. In this unit you will study the dimensions of urban design and learn techniques in urban design and public space analysis to produce informed urban design strategies that respond to the social, economic, environmental and political context of contemporary Australian cities. Urban designers work with a variety of public and private stakeholders and confront a range of issues that impact urban development outcomes. An understanding of the influences on urban design decisions is necessary to prepare you to work in this context.
This unit covers the construction of high-rise buildings – generally buildings above 12 storeys high. The major differences from other buildings lie in the impact of increased height on design and construction processes, with structural systems, services and safety being the most significant. The topics covered include: •%emsp;demolition; •%emsp;temporary services; •%emsp;deep excavations and foundations; •%emsp;retention and shoring systems; •%emsp;general engineering of structural components; •%emsp;multilevel formwork systems; •%emsp;selection of construction methods and equipment; •%emsp;interaction of building components, systems and services; •%emsp;common building faults and failures and rectification; •%emsp;external cladding systems; •%emsp;general cost planning relevant for high rise construction. This unit builds upon the principles and theory learnt in Commercial Construction, Designing Structures, and Building Services.
This unit develops knowledge, skills and application in the administration of construction type contracts which represents one of the core applications for construction managers, quantity surveyors and cost engineers. To gain an appreciation of the commercial implications of contract administration you will study administrative implications for both parties to the contract. It links to the work previously undertaken in the earlier years of the course such as Introduction to Law and Commercial Construction and prepares you for the final semester projects.
This unit introduces the Australian statutory requirements, building laws and legal frameworks that regulate building works and construction activities to provide a broad understanding of how the mandatory technical requirements dictate the selection of the materials, construction elements, facilities and services in buildings. It articulates the potential risks and issues associated with non-conformance and non-compliance and their impact on project cost, time, and quality. The ability to identify, assess and resolve issues of non-compliance in relation to the application of National Construction Code (NCC), relevant building act, Australian Standards and associated legislative frameworks is critically important to achieve the minimum necessary performance requirements of buildings in relation to health, safety, amenity and sustainability. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to building professional practice in all areas of the built environment.
A third year construction management unit focusing on construction cost quantification techniques linking to previous years’ basic work and understanding. It includes an introduction to the interrelationship between professions in estimating and the techniques available to quantify cost; definition of the fundamental elements of cost and the methods of evaluating labour, materials, and equipment; assessing base estimates for major trades; assessment of offers from sub-contractors and implications for the tendering process; first principles estimating; review of an estimate; subsequent negotiations and application of estimating to variations and profit monitoring; outcome performance indicators; and introduction to current industry practice, tools, and technology.
This unit applies the fundamental principles of cost management including design and construction cost planning (pre-construction) and project controls (during construction), including important techniques in managing project cost in the context of working closely in multidisciplinary teams. It covers cost management in both building and non-building sectors (for example, civil engineering and resource sectors).
This unit increases your understanding of environmental analysis and planning issues, policies, and methods, aiming to prepare you for incorporation of environmental objectives and constraints in professional practice. In this unit you will engage in dialogues on contemporary environmental dilemmas, exploring ethical and practical aspects which underpin conflict. You will further refine skills acquired in site analysis units by learning to create and modify spatial models to facilitate collaborative problem-solving. These skills will aid in preparations for final year planning studio units as well as professional practice.
This fourth year unit in the Construction Management (CM) course builds on the basic and intermediate knowledge, skills and understanding already gained in earlier units of the course. The unit is set within the real-world scenario of a medium-sized construction company that is planning to locate into a new and emerging sector of the Australian construction market and also trying to improve business growth and profitability. The learning in this unit is provided by study and practice using real-world case-studies and tools and techniques, some within a computer-based setting, that simulate the challenges, problems, issues and solutions that students will face in CM practice in the workplace.
This unit develops your knowledge, skills and resource planning techniques in the process of time management. Controlling time and resources is an essential task in construction project management. This unit provides students an understanding in time management and real world practical skill sets in preparing project programs. This unit occurs in the final year of your course as it consolidates skills you have develped in the area of construction and project management.
This fourth year unit in the Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering course builds on the basic knowledge, skills and understanding already gained in UXB120 and UXH321. The unit is set within the real world scenario of the Heavy Engineering/ Capital intensive/Resources sectors, and relates to facilities management and procurement within the Engineering and Construction Management cost controls (capital expenditure/project controls) and procurement areas. It links to work previously undertaken in Introduction to Heavy Engineering Sector Technology, Cost Planning & Controls and Contract Administration and provides opportunities to undertake further research within the final year capstone projects. The learning in this unit is provided by study and practice usin real world case-studies and tools and techniques, some within a computer-based setting, that simulate the challenges, problems, issues and solutions that students will face in the QS & CE practice in the workplace.
This is a foundational theory and ethics unit that prepares students for planning practice and the dilemmas they will face as a professional. The substantive and procedural theories that inform how and why we plan provides a bases to justify planning in private and public practice. An appreciation of diverse views and disciplinary insights that are reflected in alternative theories of planning assists students to be able to articulate their own personal philosophy of planning and the importance of ethical behaviour and codes in professional practice.
Urban planners collaborate within project teams to find and implement solutions to complex contemporary issues. In this unit, we will simulate a planning consultancy with a local government client to provide strategic directions to guide the future development of a specific geographic area. You will work in small groups to prepare a proposal or a strategic planning consultancy and develop a strategic plan, relying upon a set of staged steps and support from teaching staff and industry partners. As final year urban and regional planning students, you have developed the technical and communicative skills required to undertake this work throughout your course and professional practice placements but will need to invest significant time and collaborate effectively to produce high-quality deliverables.
This unit provides opportunities for acquiring, refining and applying knowledge of and skills in community planning. The unit introduces planning techniques and urban theory applicable to communities that define successful community planning initiatives. Gaining skills to confidently apply community planning techniques in urban planning is critical for a planning practitioner whether working in public or private sector. This unit discusses principles of community planning, the relationships of community planning to community development, issues of power and participation in the planning processes, and the linkages and tensions between local and professional knowledge in planning and policymaking. The unit also helps in gaining knowledge and skills in understanding key community planning theories and concepts, and in applying methods and analysis to identify and respond to complex community issues.
You will learn to focus and apply material from a wide range of disciplines and locations to understand and develop current regional and metropolitan policy and apply the knowledge of policy formulation and skills of analysis and synthesis to real world problem-solving at a scale which is larger than a single local government.
This unit deals with major problems of pollution of water, the land surface and the atmosphere. It covers processes responsible for the occurrence and release of pollutants in the environment, dispersion mechanisms, the hazards associated with different types of pollutant, accumulation of toxic substances, and procedures for the reduction of emissions and remediation of contaminated environments. It applies your learning from the Experimental Design and Quantitative Methods unit, BVB202 to assess and report on environmental pollution.
This capstone unit requires you to think critically about an important problem in environmental science and to integrate the knowledge gained through earlier units to provide an effective solution. You will identify and research a real world environmental problem, apply your knowledge of quantitative techniques and experimental design and think critically to address the problem and provide an answer to the research question posed. Through critical analysis and reflection on your work and that of your peers, you will gain a deeper understanding of the scientific method and its application to environmental science.
Sustainable development has become a global agenda that impacts on our work and everyday life. Sustainability principles and practices are rapidly becoming embedded in all phases of engineering projects from planning, design, construction and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure, through to mining and manufacturing, energy and water utilities. Engineers need to ensure that their decision making is guided by the fundamental principles of sustainable development.The unit will introduce you to principles, challenges and skills for dealing with a diversity of trans-disciplinary issues in engineering sustainable development. By introducing critical sustainability theory and challenging best practices, this unit will prepare you for the impending changes that are necessary in all built environment and engineering disciplines.
This is an intermediate level unit addressing the basic principles of structural engineering applicable to basic structure. Quantitative and qualitative techniques are used as the basis for learning structural analysis. Construction Managers must have the ability to analyse engineering components and have a sound understanding of how a structure achieves structural stability through load paths. Furthermore, Construction Managers are required to interpret engineering designs and convert the designer's intent and components specified, into a project. This demands proper understanding of structural actions and basic design and analysis of simple structures to ensure economy and safety. This unit introduces these concepts and builds upon knowledge of materials from UXB112 Introduction to Structures. It develops the learning skills to manage increasingly complex projects in later units.
This unit introduces the theory and concepts of digital geographic information science with a focus on discovering the power of location in the interpretation of earth and environmental data. Students record and create geospatial information that they share and combine to class data sets for mapping and analysis. Follow a typical project workflow from collecting attributes of specific locations, data preparation, formatting and quality control. Skills in spatial and attribute accuracy and precision are developed through fusion of class data sets. Cartographic products are created to meet a range of client needs and assessed for accuracy, completeness and appropriateness. Final report assessment demonstrates spatial analytical thought by proposing a quantitative solution to a series of problems based on the class data set. Think spatially about process and pattern, create informative and accurate geographic information and reporting products based on real world geospatial data sets.