Building and planning units

Single-unit study

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.

Architecture

  • DAB101 Architectural Design 1: Explorations

    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.

  • DAB102 Architectural Design 2: Spaces

    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.

  • DAB201 Architectural Design 3: Dwelling

    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.

  • DAB220 Architecture, Culture and Place

    The concept of culture and place are highly significant to architectural thought and production. This introductory unit surveys these concepts in the discourse and practice of architecture. It explores how culture and place are understood, interpreted and made in a range of social, historical and physical contexts. The aim of this unit is to promote your awareness of concepts of culture and place as well as learn how to interpret buildings as cultural artefacts. You will learn how to interpret and analyse architecture through socio-cultural frameworks and understand how this analysis can be applied to the process of designing buildings that support the culture for which they are produced.

Biology & environmental science

  • EVB102 Ecosystems and the Environment

    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.

Built environment

  • UXB100 Design-thinking for the Built Environment

    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.

  • UXB110 Residential Construction

    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, and sketching construction details. This first year unit complements UXB100 and prepares you for Integrated Construction Management and Commercial Construction Management.

  • UXB111 Imagine 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.

  • UXB112 Introduction to Structures

    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.

  • UXB115 Introduction to Modern Construction Business

    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.

  • UXB121 Imagine Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering

    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.

  • UXB130 History of the Built Environment

    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.

  • UXB131 Planning and Design Practice

    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.

  • UXB132 Urban Analysis

    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.

  • UXB133 Urban Studies

    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.

  • UXB134 Land Use Planning

    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.

Civil & environmental engineering

  • EGB100 Engineering Sustainability and Professional Practice

    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.

Civil engineering & the built environment

  • USB141 Building Big

    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.

Design

  • DYB114 Spatial Histories

    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.

Industrial design

  • DNB305 Culture and Design

    This unit explores how culture and society influence the design of products and systems. It introduces everyday socio-cultural factors providing a global perspective on cultural diversity and its influence on people perception and engagement with products or systems as well as its implications for design. This unit engages with a broader perspective of culture and understands its impact on product design and the designer's interaction with a multicultural society. It addresses theoretical perspectives of culture; psychological implications of everyday human-artefact interactivity; environmental and cultural perception; changing socio-cultural landscapes; ageing population; sustainability and globalisation; the potential for design to advance social changes and quality of life; and psychological implications and attitudes embedded in product semantics and symbolics.

Interior design

  • DTB302 Colour Studies

    This unit develops advanced knowledge in the theory and application of colour and its interdependence with light. It focuses on experimental research and design application of colour relevant to design and design practice.

Landscape architecture

  • DLB211 Landscape and Wellbeing

    This unit introduces you to key contemporary issues that are foundational to the understanding of landscape and wellbeing and the application of theories and research to the design of the environment. It addresses concepts, theories and exemplars, and explores topics such as healthy communities; healthy environmental, social and economic systems; and equity in global and local contexts. The public good is at the core of the Anthropocene era. Designers need to develop individual landscape sensibility and ethical positions to operate within the public sphere at local or global levels. This unit contributes to the acquisition of a specialised body of knowledge and skills to place you as an ethically conscious active social agent.

  • DLB301 Landscape Ecology

    This unit applies theories of landscape ecology to sustainable landscape design and planning in combination with an understanding of geomorphological and human development 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, systems and processes, 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 and introducing the specific conventions of scientific reporting.

  • DLB311 Contested Landscapes

    This unit introduces you to broad landscape matters and concepts that relate to land, rivers and oceans and their transformation across time, cultures and geographies. Concepts of place, identity, commodification and the anthropocene will be crossed with ethics, aesthetics and human rights to analyse and discuss multiple understandings of the significance of landscape. You will learn and discuss appropriate theory to think of landscape based on significant real world issues and the application of appropriate theoretical frameworks. Through studying this unit, you will be able to locate the processes that are at the basis of the transformation of landscape, and how these are culturally, socially, economically and technologically intertwined. This will help you to develop and expand your own ethical awareness as an active agent in the making of the landscape.

  • DLB325 People and Place

    This introductory level unit builds on the foundational knowledge of design history to address theories of environment and behaviour, place-making and environmental psychology, including people perception and responses to landscapes both individually and collectively. It looks at foundational concepts developed from the 1960s to the present regarding human interactions and relationships with the environment essential to the formulation of sustainable landscape design propositions. You will explore and apply this knowledge in stages including a site-specific project to develop your critical thinking and research skills. This unit prepares you for further expansion of your design understanding and skills in DLB400 and independent interpretation of the effects of past and present landscape designs in your third year unit DLB525.

  • DLB420 Landscape Systems

    This unit helps you apply theoretical concepts of landscape ecology and regional ecosystems to sustainable landscape design and planning approaches in combination with an understanding of geomorphological and human settlement processes. This introductory level unit builds on foundational knowledge of environmental sustainability. In conjunction with the unit DLB400, it looks at landscape ecology and regional ecosystems theory with geomorphologic and human processes in landscape formation. Landscape architects need to understand the systems that create and are created by the landscape, and so this unit enhances your ability to comprehend the interconnectedness of landscape structures, systems, processes and developments, essential to the formulation of sustainable landscape design propositions. You will apply this knowledge in a semester-long landscape study project, thus expanding your understanding of landscape from a small site to a broad and holistic level.

  • DLB525 History and Criticism of Landscape Design

    This unit addresses applied landscape design history, criticism and historiography. It prepares you for application in advanced-level landscape design units. As an intermediate-level unit, it builds on broad foundational design history and theoretical knowledge and critical thinking and research skills. In conjunction with DLB500, you will explore the ways history and criticism inform us about interactions between society (including culture, economy and technology) and the environment (materials, climate, landform, ecology, etc.), and the consequences for designed landscapes. You will review landscape design and criticism across world history through the lens of historiography (critical examination of history).

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.

Architecture

  • DAB200 Modern Architecture

    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.

  • DAB202 Architectural Design 4: Metro

    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.

  • DAB211 Environmental Principles of Architectural Design

    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.

  • DAB212 Small Scale Building Construction

    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 properties of building materials 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.

  • DAB301 Architectural Design 5: Commercial

    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.

  • DAB302 Architectural Design 6: Communities

    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.

  • DAB303 Integrated Architectural Technology

    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).

  • DAB311 Systems and Structures

    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.

  • DAB312 Building Services

    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.

  • DAB403 Architectural Visualisation 3

    This unit continues the development of the visual communication skills that you have previously acquired, focusing on technical communication. Architects recognise that visualisation or communication of process, decisions and outcomes is crucial. To date, you have learnt how to effectively communicate your architectural intentions using both analogue and digital means, skills primarily intended for the communication of design. Throughout this unit you will learn the ability to communicate technical intentions, achieving an extra level of visualisation. At the end of this unit you will be able to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) software to create effective technical visual communication.

  • DAB511 Architectural Design 5

    This unit offers a focused intermediate level study of design as applied to architecture. It uses developmental exercises to enhance student perceptions of the built environment in a problem-based learning environment. It addresses effective and professional communication of design intent with the aid of digitally mediated tools and methods. It touches on design theory, sustainability, sociology, history and critique as they apply to architectural design. This unit expects a level of independent research and project development aimed for a real-world design environment. It introduces architectural design as a rigorous process with measurable qualities. It builds upon design skills developed in the previous design units with emphasis on the cultural relevance of architecture in the modern age. The unit is underpinned by ethical principles of environmental and social sustainability. It focuses on heritage and sustainable architecture in a regional context.

  • DAB611 Architectural Design 6

    This unit will develop greater complexity in architectural design skills in an urban context with a focus on ethical and sustainable design solutions and practice. This requires the synthesis of issues, ideas, knowledge and techniques of architectural design as a holistic practice. This unit also advances on understanding the interdependencies among social, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions at local and global levels - crucial to sustainable design for human settlement. Design is the core activity of architecture and the architectural design studio is a major component of the architecture course. This unit deals with synthesis and integration of knowledge and skills from various domains of knowledge in a major project. As part of the research and learning focus in the School of Design, emphasis will be placed on the exploration and application of concepts of sustainability in design of multi-residential housing types in international contexts.

  • DAH525 Architecture and the City

    This unit offers an overview of the main urban studies theories and illustrates techniques and tools to investigate an urban environment. Understanding the structure of a city as well as the relationship between urban form 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 scenarios. Teaching and learning activities are spread across lectures, online activities and workshops.

  • DAH530 Integrated Technologies 2

    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.

  • DAH635 Architectural Technology 2

    This unit provides a basis to create safe, functional and comfortable buildings. It looks at the principles, 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 and communication systems for medium-rise buildings). In addition it focuses on the role and direction of building consultants and the legislative requirements of building services. It also looks at the skills and knowledge to transform technical design ideas into built form through construction documentation by looking at the principles and application of building services and standards. In this unit, building services, fire safety, and building code requirements are offered as drivers of architectural design. Ultimately the unit enables you to face architectural issues and meet the requirements of the Building Code of Australia for a range of user requirements.

  • DAH710 Architectural Design 7

    This unit focuses on design as applied to architecture particularly on industrial buildings and workplaces. 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.

Biology & environmental science

  • EVB221 Remote Sensing of the Environment

    This Unit provides an introduction to Earth observation using remote sensing that includes properties of the basic resolutions of remote sensing, and interaction of the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) with different features and phenomena. The technology and science that allow data collection, calibration and analysis are covered using a range of satellite and sub-orbital imagery sources. Students develop digital image processing and classification workflows to prepare and present geospatial information products with quantified accuracy. Students also develop and demonstrate their ability to use spectrophotometers, active remote sensing platforms and modern digital photogrammetry workflows. Students will be able to accurately use and create remotely sensed information products suitable to other geospatial and environmental applications. This Unit applies theoretical concepts to develop basic remote sensing skills suited to a range of environmental and development related fields.

  • EVB302 Environmental Pollution

    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 Quantitative Skills in Environmental Science unit, EVB202 to assess and report on environmental pollution.

  • EVB304 Case Studies in Environmental Science

    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.

Built environment

  • UXB113 Measurement for Construction

    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.

  • UXB114 Integrated Construction

    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.

  • UXB210 Commercial Construction

    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.

  • UXB211 Building Services

    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.

  • UXB213 Advanced Measurement for Construction

    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.

  • UXB230 Site Planning

    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.

  • UXB231 Stakeholder Engagement

    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.

  • UXB234 Transport Planning

    This unit introduces you to transport systems in selected cities around the world. This involves investigation into the schemes and policies implemented in these cities for promoting sustainable transport including walking, cycling and public 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. These include aggregate and disaggregate models, analysis of travel behaviour, theory of choice models, four stage transport model, parameter estimation, and model calibration. Particular emphasis is on transport surveys for collecting revealed and stated preference data, which have been prominent in travel behaviour research. Designing such surveys and analysing the data they generate form an important part of this unit.

  • UXB330 Urban Design

    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.

  • UXH310 High-rise Construction

    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.

  • UXH311 Contract Administration

    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.

  • UXH312 Construction Legislation

    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.

  • UXH315 Construction Estimating

    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.

  • UXH321 Cost Planning and Controls

    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).

  • UXH331 Environmental Planning

    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.

  • UXH410 Strategic Construction 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.

  • UXH411 Programming and Scheduling

    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.

  • UXH420 Risk Management in the Energy and Resources Sectors

    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.

  • UXH430 Planning Theory and Ethics

    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.

  • UXH431 Urban Planning 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 develop strategic plans, 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.

  • UXH432 Community Planning

    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.

  • UXH433 Regional Planning

    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.

Civil & environmental engineering

  • ENN544 Sustainable Practice in Engineering

    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.

  • UXB212 Design for Structures

    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.

Design

  • DEH701 Research Methods

    This core unit introduces you to research philosophies, methodologies and methods that have relevance in design practice. It covers the fundamentals of designing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research projects providing a foundation for higher degree research. It is project based and includes: philosophical context of research in, of and through design; qualitative research incorporating methodologies and methods of relevance to design; research rigour and ethics; developing a research plan; literature searching and review; data gathering and analysis; research dissemination and reporting. Design, by its very nature, is a complex activity. In dealing with this, designers draw upon their discipline's body of knowledge. It is highly valuable for you to know how design knowledge is generated and how you can better inform your design practice through research skills which will encourage the systematic, rigorous and ethical integration of thought and action.

  • DYB111 Create and Represent: Form

    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.

  • DYB112 Spatial Materiality

    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.

  • DYB113 Create and Represent: Materials

    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.

Earth & atmospheric sciences

  • EVB203 Geospatial Information Science

    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.

Interior design

  • DTB101 Interior Studio 1

    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.

  • DTB102 Interior Studio 2

    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.

  • DTB202 Interior Technology 1

    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 accessibility. 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 with a focus on accessibility. These are fundamental skills required by a professional interior designer.

  • DTB204 Interior Studio 3

    This unit addresses aspects of ‘hybrid’ (style, culture and function) interiors within hospitality 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 subsequent Interior Studio 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.

  • DTB205 Design Psychology

    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.

  • DTB210 Colour and Light

    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.

  • DTB211 Materials, Products and Processes

    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.

  • DTB301 Interior Design 3

    This unit develops a critical understanding of some of the physical and psychological aspects related to design and designing, and aids you to apply this knowledge in selected interior design contexts. It addresses the knowledge, skills and application in the person-environment relationship and the implications for spatial design, as well as extending your knowledge of design process. You will investigate the fundamental aspects of transition, interiority, building character, site context, and materiality in relation to interior design practice and associated fields through the refurbishment of an existing one-storey building. It links to the work previously undertaken in DTB101, DTB201, and DTB203, and prepares you to undertake more complex interior design projects and collaborative design process in DTB401.

  • DTB303 Interior Technology 2

    This unit develops competency in 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 and skills of the components required to assemble a set of construction documents for a commercial interior design scenario. It links to and builds on the concepts explored in DTB202 by introducing you to the commercial sector, in particular exploring 2D and 3D digital drafting conventions, building codes, standards and basic services integration. It further develops your knowledge and skills on the techniques and conventions for digital communication 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 an interior designer.

  • DTB304 Design in Society

    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.

  • DTB305 Interior Studio 4

    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.

  • DTB306 Interior Technology 2

    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 DTB202 Interior Technology 1 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.

  • DTB310 Furniture Design and Fabrication

    Furniture and its role in the built environment is fundamental to creating an enhanced user experience. This unit develops at an intermediate course 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. 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.

  • DTB311 Professional Interior Practice Delivery

    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.

  • DTB401 Interior Design 4

    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 model making and the refurbishment of an existing two-storey building with vertical circulation.

  • DTB402 Interior Technology 3

    This unit provides a greater complexity in commercial interior construction and services integration while also developing your technical drawing communication skills. It is in the developmental stage of your course and provides you with opportunities to develop your knowledge of services integration, technical drawing skills and communication in a variety of commercial applications using manual and 3D CAD drafting platforms. It forms a basis for all of your core design units while directly linking to your previous studies in units DTB202 and DTB303. As such, the unit provides the necessary knowledge, skills and application required to communicate your designs through all of your core units.

  • DTB403 Design Psychology

    This unit provides the theoretical and analytical basis to identify how the individual and the built environment interact, influencing behaviour and experience. Professional designers require an understanding of people-environment physical, psychosocial and existential interaction if they are to produce socially responsive environments. This unit is in the developmental stage of your course providing you with the opportunity to build on foundational understanding of the nature of human engagement and inhabitation and, in so doing, preparing you to develop advanced design knowledge and skills in your final year. Your learning in this unit is extended in year 3 through Design in Society to focus more on the socio-cultural aspects of design, providing core theoretical and technical knowledge to support intermediate and advanced design learning.

  • DTB501 Interior Design 5

    This unit develops your knowledge, skills and application for interior design through project-based real world issues and contexts. Its aim is to undertake research-through-design where design is the research methodology. It requires design issues to be examined through theory and technology such that an understanding of design process and outcome is achieved. It will also foster a critical-analytic capacity that will enable you to grasp and evaluate some key presumptions of past practice. This unit is intended to advance ideas about the designed interior through the design studio. There is the opportunity to research and investigate design issues in an exploratory and experimental manner and to present findings in an innovative way. It links to the work previously undertaken in DTB401 and it builds on foundational ideas developed in previous units through consideration of more complex physical technical and cultural contexts across the field of interior design.

  • DTB504 Design in Society

    This unit provides theoretical and analytical resources to enable you to identify the way the designed world intersects with social life. It 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 contemporary designed environment. Located in the 3rd year of your course, it develops concepts and processes suited to the emphasis in the latter years of the course: problem solving, framing and conceptualisation. It follows the design psychology unit, complementing its psychological aspects of spatial experiences with knowledge of socio/cultural theory, contemporary social issues in design, and relevant conceptual frameworks and methodologies.

  • DTH601 Interior Design 6

    This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application for interior design through more complex project-based real world issues and contexts. It links to the work previously undertaken in DTB501 and DTB502 and prepares you for the final year of the course. This unit enables you to apply your developing skills and knowledge; refine your design methods to undertake an informed and explorative design process; practise tackling problems that are ambiguous, ill-defined, and thereby, represent 'real-life' situations. You will also be given the opportunity to competently and innovatively tackle issues relevant to the contemporary and future world and develop a deeper understanding of specialised interior design environments.

  • DTH803 Professional Studies in Interior Design

    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.

Landscape architecture

  • DLB101 Landscape Studio 1

    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, landscape's structural and compositional relationships and ways to interpret and express these. Next you will learn to apply basic design problem solving processes to articulate landscape design 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.

  • DLB102 Landscape Studio 2

    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.

  • DLB201 Landform, Technology and Techniques

    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.

  • DLB202 Landscape, People and Place Studio

    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.

  • DLB204 Planting Design

    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.

  • DLB240 Landscape Technology

    This unit introduces the foundational principles and processes of landscape technology to understand and apply the technical manipulation of landforms as part of the landscape design process. It continues your DLB101 design learning at a finer scale of detail and precision including landform grading for drainage and circulation. This unit extends the technical graphic design development and communication skills developed in DLB103 and prepares you for the intermediate-level unit in landscape construction, DLB440.

  • DLB300 Landscape Design 3

    This intermediate-level landscape design studio unit explores theories of environment and behaviour, place-making and environmental psychology, including people perception and response to landscapes both individually and collectively. It builds on the foundational knowledge, skills and applications you learnt in first year and in DLB325, and on your understanding of landscape as a cultural expression, developed in DLB200. You will engage in the application of these theories for systematic landscape appraisal and design development to articulate sustainable site-based design propositions. You will further develop your application of the representational techniques learnt in DLB103 and DLB203 consolidating the details of landscape design communication conventions as well as experimentation.

  • DLB302 Landscape Materiality and Constructs

    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.

  • DLB303 Resilient Landscapes Studio

    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.

  • DLB320 Landscape Horticulture

    This introductory level unit builds on the foundational knowledge of environmental sustainability from DEB100, and the knowledge, skills and applications in your first year core landscape architecture units. It introduces you to applied scientific, horticultural and planting design principles and 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 learn the specific conventions of planting design communication. This unit prepares you for your first intermediate level landscape design studio DLB400 and further studies in environmental science in DLB420.

  • DLB400 Landscape Design 4

    This unit aids you to apply the theories of urban ecology in landscape appraisal and design development. This intermediate-level landscape design studio unit consolidates the introductory knowledge, skills and applications learnt so far. In conjunction with DLB420, you will explore design theories and processes related to urban ecology including human processes in landscape formation. You will apply these in the appraisal and design of site-based landscape propositions, including their sustainable integration into wider landscape systems such as the movement and exchange of people, capital, services, water and energy. This unit will build on your understanding of the complexities of landscape and consolidate your landscape design development and communication skills, preparing you for further expansion of your intermediate level design skills in DLB500.

  • DLB440 Landscape Construction

    This unit introduces the structural, material and legislative principles and processes of landscape design construction. It introduces basic structural theories, material properties and principles, and design and construction principles and processes. These 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 introduces you to the legislative environment governing landscape construction. It extends the technical graphic design development and communication skills you developed in DLB240, and prepares you for the advanced-level unit in landscape design, technology and construction - DLH600.

  • DLB500 Landscape Design 5

    This unit aids you to apply theories of socio-environmental interactions in landscape appraisal and speculative design development. This final intermediate-level landscape design studio unit builds on the knowledge, skills and applications consolidated in DLB400. In conjunction with DLB525, it explores design theories and processes related to interactions between society (including culture, economy and technology) and the environment, focusing on developing landscape speculations which address sustainability in cultural and biophysical landscape contexts. Your learning will involve the rigorous testing of design ideas against the constraints of selected landscapes and briefs. You will develop and test a philosophical basis for design exploration engaging with experimental design processes and self-directed research. This unit introduces greater design complexity and independent application and development of your communication skills.

  • DLH600 Landscape Design 6

    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.

  • DLH700 Landscape Design 7

    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.

  • DLH800 Landscape Design 8

    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.

  • DLH845 Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture

    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.