Building and planning short courses

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.

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

  • DAB202 Architectural Design 4: Metro

    This unit will engage with public architecture through the development of a medium sized civic building. This unit builds on the pragmatic skills and knowledge you have gained in the first three design studios, but introduces you to a higher level order of architectural thought via the long disciplinary history and practice of formalism in architecture, involving established aesthetic concepts of the architectural totality, the architectural object and architectural 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.

  • DAB301 Architectural Design 5: Commercial

    This unit offers a focused investigation into the field of design as applied to commercial architecture. A particular emphasis is placed on the introduction of knowledge and skills to effectively and professionally communicate the design intent with the aid of digital tools while 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. Design projects require synthesis of a range of abstract issues to achieve focused architectural proposals. Teaching and learning activities are spread across lectures, tutorials, and studio based activities.

  • DAB302 Architectural Design 6: Communities

    This unit will develop greater complexity in architectural design skills in an urban context with a focus on ethical and sustainable solutions in the practice of designing for residential communities. This requires the synthesis of issues, ideas, knowledge and techniques of architectural design as a holistic practice.

  • DAB303 Integrated Architectural Technology

    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. The skills you have developed so far have been primarily intended for the effective communication of design and technical aspects of buildings. This unit is intended in integrate both these aspects through technical communication and documentation skills using Building Information Modelling (BIM).

  • DAB311 Systems and Structures

    The unit builds on earlier Architectural Technology units to develop understanding the qualitative influences of structural systems on the design development of buildings. In particular, the possibilities and limits of building structure are explored in relation to architectural intention through the use of exemplars. Students will become familiar with various construction systems used in medium-rise commercial and public buildings, 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

    It is a fundamental task of architectural design to achieve the comfort requirements of the users. This unit aims to promote students’ understanding and awareness of the control of indoor conditions through the effective design and integration of building services. Students will participate in a simulated office practice, producing Building Code of Australia compliant technical documentation for low-rise buildings.

  • DAB403 Architectural Visualisation 3

    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. However, the skills you have acquired have been primarily intended for the communication of design. For architects, the ability to communicate technical intentions is equally important. As such, this unit will equip you with technical communication and documentation skills using Building Information Modelling (BIM).

  • DAB511 Architectural Design 5

    This unit offers a focused intermediate level investigation into the field of design as applied to architecture. It uses developmental exercises to enhance student perceptions of the built environment in a problem based learning environment. A particular emphasis is placed on the introduction of knowledge and skills to effectively and professionally communicate the design intent with the aid of digitally mediated tools and methods while design theory, sustainability, sociology, history and critique, as they all apply to architectural design, all form part of the unit content. Design projects require synthesis of a range of abstract issues to achieve focused architectural proposals. Teaching and learning activities are spread across lectures, tutorials, and studio based activities.

  • 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.

  • DAH525 Architecture and the City

    This unit aims to give a comprehensive overview of issues and techniques relevant to architectural design at an urban scale. Teaching and learning activities are spread across lectures, online activities and workshops.

  • DAH530 Integrated Technologies 2

    The aim of the structure segment of the unit is to familiarize students with the qualitative influences of structural systems on the design development of buildings. In particular the possibilities and limits of building structure are explored in relation to architectural intention through the use of exemplar. The aim of the construction segment is to familiarize students with various construction systems used in medium-rise commercial buildings. Here the emphasis is on the criteria to be used for the selection of appropriate systems and their associated materials.

  • DAH635 Architectural Technology 2

    It is a fundamental task of architectural design to achieve the comfort requirements of the users. This unit aims to promote students' understanding and awareness of the control of indoor conditions through the effective design and integration of building services. Students will participate in a simulated office practice, producing Building Code of Australia compliant construction documentation for low-rise buildings.

  • DAH710 Architectural Design 7

    This unit offers an advanced level investigation into the field of architectural design with particular focus on industrial buildings and workplaces. On completion of this unit you should be able to demonstrate: you understanding of building typologies and an awareness of the forces shaping their development; critical, analytical, and speculative research skills applicable to architectural projects; an ability to develop a reasoned position in relation to architectural issues, and to design from that position; and the application of knowledge and skills in architectural technology to the design process.

Civil engineering & the built environment

  • 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.

  • UXB113 Measurement for Construction

    This unit introduces aspects of the scope of the role of construction cost management professionals independently and for contractors. It examines the Australian standard method of measurement introducing formal measurement techniques and methodologies of residential and small commercial building works within the context of the tendering/procurement process and the introduction of cost management / building area measurement. 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. It links to foundation units in construction technology and prepares you for further advanced units in building and infrastructure measurement and construction estimating.

  • UXB114 Integrated Construction

    This unit further develops your skills and knowledge of residential construction. It has a focus on integrating residential/ small commercial construction processes in a collaborative digital environment by utilizing building information technology. It links to the work previously undertaken in UXB110 Residential Construction and prepares you for UXB211 Building Services and other units.

  • UXB210 Commercial Construction

    The aim of this unit is to provide you with extensive theoretical knowledge to manage and supervise the construction of a cross section construction types such as low rise residential apartment buildings and  commercial and industrial buildings. Incorporated within the unit is a sound understanding of how a building achieves structural stability and equilibrium through its load paths through basic study and analysis of engineering components and systems.  It links and builds on the earlier studies undertaken in your first year including residential and integrated construction; building services and prepares you for further advanced units in designing structures and highrise construction management.

  • UXB211 Building Services

    This unit develops your knowledge, skills and application for Building services focussing on fire, hydraulics, mechanical and electrical services.  It links to basic work and understanding previously undertaken in your first year of study and prepares you for further advanced units in Commercial and High-rise Construction Management and Services and Heavy Engineering Measurement.

  • UXB212 Design for Structures

    The unit is an introduction to the basic principles of structural engineering applicable to basic structure. Quantitative and qualitative techniques are used as a basis for learning structural analysis. This unit requires an understanding of mathematical knowledge relating to the ability to work with equations.

  • UXB213 Advanced Measurement for Construction

    Measurement is a core skill and attribute among building and infrastructure professionals. This attribute is 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 focused on more complicated structural trades and the development and application of suitable and accurate construction cost management documents in a concise and systematic manner.  With the introduction to Measurement software applications you will develop strategies and abilities in dealing with more advanced virtual building graphical models as they relate to integrated practice concepts used in industry.  This unit occurs in the second year of your course as it builds on the measurement attributes developed in the first year and assists you with 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

    You will learn about theory, principles and methods for effective stakeholder engagement in planning processes.  You will gain important practical experience in stakeholder engagement.  This will help you to evaluate when and how to use different engagement methods to address planning conflicts and identify opportunities for incorporating diverse engagement strategies into plan making processes.

  • 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

    You will be taught how to construct a high rise structure from the basement to the roof. The unit has a focus on protection of the public during construction, and temporary support, and also covers issues around: demolition; temporary services; deep excavation and foundations; retention and shoring systems; general engineering of structural components; multilevel formwork; interaction of building components, systems and services; common building faults and failures and rectification; alternative forms of external cladding; waterproofing problems; and general cost planning relevant for high rise construction.  It builds upon principles and theory learnt in Commercial Construction, Designing Structures, and Building Services.

  • UXH311 Contract Administration

    This unit develops your skills and application for the administration of construction contracts which represents one of the core applications for construction managers, quantity surveyors and cost engineers.  In order to appreciate some 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 Management and prepares you for the final semester projects.

  • UXH312 Construction Legislation

    This unit introduces you to the Australian building law and legal frameworks specifically relevant to building work and construction activities. It introduces the National Construction Code, Queensland Building Act, Queensland Development Code, relevant Australian Standards and legislation. The unit builds upon your understanding of Urban Development Law, High-Rise Construction, Building Services and other construction management units to understand statutory building compliance and regulatory requirements to solve problems associated with building construction.

  • UXH314 Modern Construction Business

    This unit  prepares you to be part of a Modern Construction Business, integrating a range of  legal, commercial, accounting and business concepts and practices within the specific context of construction.  Topics you will cover include:  commercial Law; sale of goods; hire purchase; trade practices; negotiable instruments; insurance law; partnership law and company law; bankruptcy and liquidation; standard accounting practices; taxation; business protocol and ethics; business plans; entrepreneurship; assessing business risk; professional liability; human relations; human resource and personnel management; business management; debt management. This unit builds on knowledge developed in Introductory Economics and Law, and complements Statutory Construction Law.

  • UXH315 Construction Estimating

    This intermediate unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application for estimating techniques to quantify cost. Cost quantification is a major factor in the building and development process and sound knowledge of these techniques will also be of benefit in other units within this program.  This unit occurs in the later part of the second year of your course as it builds on key principles developed in earlier technology and integrative units with Cost management aspects.

  • UXH321 Cost Planning and Controls

    This unit develops your understanding of the fundamental principles of cost management including design and construction cost planning and project controls, along with your ability to apply important techniques in managing project cost in the context of working closely in multidisciplinary teams.

  • 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

    Strategic Construction Management is a capstone unit. It is the last of a series of construction units and consolidates skills learned throughout your degree. This unit will prepare you for administrative and contractual interactions that occur between the contractors and sub-contractors during a project to efficiently and successfully operate a building company with a strategic focus on delivering multiple building projects on time, within budget and of a high quality, while maintaining a safe work environment on site. It will teach key skills you will need to manage a project, business and company, including effective resource management and the ability to model the performance of the company over prescribed business periods. Construction Managers need to develop critical skills, knowledge and capability to manage various tasks necessary to run a profitable construction business. This unit consolidates the key skills that you have learnt throughout your degree to advance your preparedness as a work­ready construction manager. UXH410 is a capstone unit and is the last in a series of construction units that include UXH110, UXH210 and UXH310.

  • 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 unit develops your knowledge, skills and application within the Heavy Engineering/ Capital intensive/Resources sectors relating to facilities management and procurement within the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) cost controls (capital expenditure/project controls) area building on earlier links to units like Cost Planning & Controls.  Planning and scheduling will be studied developing an appreciation and linkage between current Integrated project delivery methods and programming software within the context of productivity logistics and safety and risk management.  The unit will also analyse mega projects and social impacts within a case study context.  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.

  • UXH430 Planning Theory and Ethics

    This unit will introduce you to ethical and planning theory. Classical theories in ethics provide an essential foundation to planning practice. Planning theory offers an insight into different justifications of how and why we work as planners. The application of theory to practice defines the essence of planning. An exploration of planning theory provides important insights into the justification for planning and enables you to respond to critiques from other disciplines or project protagonists. Theory provides you with an opportunity for reflection and self-evaluation and a justification for entering the profession. By helping you to understand the forces shaping the profession, theory adds depth to your practice and better enables you to contribute fully to the advancement of the profession.

  • UXH431 Urban Planning Practice

    This unit is designed to develop and apply analysis, synthesis, problem-solving, and policy formulation skills to strategically plan the development of a local government area or a neighbourhood. Contemporary planning techniques are introduced during the lectures, where these techniques are then applied during tutorials on the real-world projects. As an urban planner you will be required to collaborate within project teams to find and implement solutions to complex contemporary urban planning issues. This studio develops the necessary skills for you to complete these tasks through applied urban analysis, synthesis, problem-solving, and policy formulation to strategically plan the development of a distinct geographic area.

  • UXH432 Community Planning

    Acting as a team of planning consultants working for a government or industry client, you will develop and present a strategic plan for a distinct geographic area. It will include a refined vision, objectives, and strategic directions along with policy and land use maps, implementation strategies, and a monitoring framework. You will also describe detailed background information about the site and the method used to develop the plan. You will develop a final product that is attractively designed and highly visual so as to permit the communication of complex planning concepts to a wide audience, and guide the future development of the area. Community planning takes an integrated and participatory approach to developing community assets and addressing community issues. As a planner you will work with diverse communities to enhance their economic opportunities, social institutions, physical conditions, and political power. This unit explores urban theory applicable to community planning and introduces you to the techniques and practices that define successful planning initiatives.

  • 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.

Design

  • DEH701 Research Methods

    This unit is a core unit common to architectural studies, landscape architecture, industrial design and interior design. The unit is project based and introduces students to research methods and methodologies that have relevance in design practice. It also provides a foundation for higher degree research. The content covered in this unit 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Earth, environment & biological sciences

  • EVB203 Geospatial Information Science

    This unit encourages spatial thinking by introducing geographic information sources, presentation and basic spatial data collection skills. It explores real world applications of geographical information technologies including GIS, remote sensing and global positioning system for scientific understanding of the environment. It builds on knowledge and skills from Ecosystems and the Environment (EVB102) or Earth Systems (ERB101) from first year.

  • EVB221 Remote Sensing of the Environment

    This unit provides a theoretical and practical introduction into remote sensing science and technologies applied for the acquisition of information about an object or phenomenon without making physical contact with the object. It explores the use of aerial sensor technologies to detect and classify objects on Earth by processing of electromagnetic radiation  emitted from aircraft or satellites.

  • 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 evaluate a case study, applying your knowledge of quantitative techniques and experimental design, to address a specific environmental problem and present a practical solution. 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.

Interior design

  • DTB101 Interior Studio 1

    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

    The unit introduces you to 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 introduces you to this knowledge through lectures, readings, tutorials and projects that 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

    As part of your foundational year studies this unit will introduce you to the knowledge and skills necessary for communicating technical information to a project team. The application of these skills is a fundamental requirement for the practice of interior design and will prepare you for visual communication practices throughout your course.

  • DTB204 Interior Studio 3

    This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application of interior design practice and theory. The unit will address the fundamental aspects of ‘hybrid’ (style, culture and function) interiors within a hospitality design context, with particular focus on large-scale spaces with vertical circulation, as part of the greater urban social fabric. It links and applies to the work previously undertaken in Interior Studio units and visualisation/technologies units providing you with opportunities to build on individual and collaborative sensory design process, which will be expanded on in subsequent Interior Studio units

  • DTB205 Design Psychology

    Drawing on environmental psychology relevant to spatial design, this unit provides the opportunity to develop a broad and coherent understanding of the transactional nature of the relationship between people with varying levels of ability and the built environment. The unit complements the socio-cultural aspects of design addressed in the DTB304 Design in Society providing core theoretical and technical knowledge to support evidence-based design and ethical and sustainable practice.

  • DTB210 Colour and Lighting

    This unit introduces you to the attributes, utilisation and the sensory implications of colour and light and their interdependencies within the built environment. It develops broad knowledge and the skills to apply theoretical concepts relative to colour and light in the creation of spatial design environments. 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 Applied Materials, Products and Processes

    This unit will develop your knowledge of materials and products relevant to commercial interior design applications with a focus on sustainable manufacturing processes. This unit will then introduce you to appropriate documentation to communicate your research and understanding to relevant project stakeholders.

  • DTB301 Interior Design 3

    This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application in regards to the person-environment relationship and the implications for spatial design, as well as extending your knowledge of design process. In DTB301 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 will provide 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.

  • 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. In DTB401 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 the experimentation of model making and the refurbishment of an existing two-storey building with vertical circulation.  It links to the work previously undertaken in DTB101, DTB201, DTB301 and DTB203, and prepares you to undertake more complex interior design projects in DTB501.

  • DTB402 Interior Technology 3

    This unit will introduce you to a greater complexity in commercial interior construction and services integration while also developing your technical drawing communication skills.  This unit links directly to your previous studies in units DTB202 and DTB303 and provides the necessary knowledge, skills and application required to communicate your designs through all of your core units.

  • DTB403 Design Psychology

    Drawing on environmental psychology relevant to spatial design, this unit provides the theoretical and analytical resources to enable you to identify the ways in which the individual and the built environment interact, influencing behaviour and experience. Located in the second year of the course, the unit complements the socio-cultural aspects of design addressed in the third year unit DTB502 Design in Society providing core theoretical and technical knowledge to support intermediate and advanced design learning.

  • DTB501 Interior Design 5

    This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application for interior design through project based real world issues and contexts.  It links to the work previously undertaken in DTB 401.

  • 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. These insights are crucial to the capacity of design to respond to the way the designed world is lived and experienced. This unit will 1) review theories and case studies to illuminate the relationships between design and everyday practice across cultures and time, and 2) provide an opportunity to apply these insights in an analysis of a contemporary designed environment. Located in the 3rd year of your course, Design in Society provides valuable resources for design practice in other units as it develops concepts and processes suited to the emphasis in the latter years of the course - not just on problem solving - but on problem framing and conceptualisation. With its emphasis on socio-cultural aspects of design, Design in Society complements the more psychological emphasis of the unit, DTB403 Design Psychology.

  • 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 prepares you for the final year of the course.

  • DTH803 Professional Studies in Interior Design

    This unit gives emphasis to your responsibilities and obligations as a professional interior designer. In this unit you will have the opportunity to further develop your knowledge of the interior design discipline and profession and to actively engage with issues highlighting responsibilities of life-long learning, social responsibility and ethical interior design practice.

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

    Through critical thinking and experimental design propositions, you will explore the relations between the process of landscape making and the concepts of experience, space, scale, time and landscape atmospheres. You will experiment with design development processes and the language of landscape design to articulate and communicate landscape design ideas.

  • DLB201 Landform, Technology and Techniques

    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. This unit continues your development of 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 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. 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 aims to develop your ability to research and apply design theory in the creation of places for people. You will gain an understanding of the 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 unit introduces you to 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 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. DLB240 continues your DLB100 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 your second year, intermediate level unit in landscape construction, DLB440.

  • DLB300 Landscape Design 3

    This intermediate level landscape design studio unit builds on the foundational knowledge, skills and applications you learnt in first year, and in DLB325. In it you will explore theories of environment and behaviour, place-making and environmental psychology, including how people perceive and respond to landscapes both individually and collectively, building 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. This studio prepares you for the consolidation of your intermediate level design skills in DLB400.

  • DLB303 Resilient Landscapes Studio

    This capstone Landscape Architecture studio unit explores critical thinking and original design propositions and the relationship between landscape architecture and the emergent concept of ‘resilience’. The studio will challenge you to not only design for landscapes impacted by climate change and natural disaster, it will also test your ability to identify and design landscape interventions which enhance resilience to disruptive cultural and economic forces such as social political shocks, and the rapid emergence of renewable energy ecologies. Site selection possibilities is thus broad: ranging from the sea level rise affected tidal landscapes of Bangladesh to Times Square NYC.

  • DLB320 Landscape Horticulture

    This introductory level unit builds on the foundational knowledge of environmental sustainability you learnt in DEB100, and the knowledge, skills and applications you learnt in your first year core landscape architecture units. This unit introduces you to 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 extend the communication techniques you learnt in DLB103 and DLB203 to 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 intermediate level landscape design studio unit consolidates the introductory knowledge, skills and applications learnt in your course 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 the understanding of the complexities of landscape you have developed through your learning to date, 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 intermediate level unit builds on the foundational  principles and processes of landscape technology you learnt in DLB240 by introducing the 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 your third year, advanced level unit in landscape design, technology and construction, DLH600.

  • DLB500 Landscape Design 5

    This final intermediate level landscape design studio unit builds on the knowledge, skills and applications consolidated in DLB400. In conjunction with DLB525, you will explore design theories and processes related to interactions between society (including culture, economy and technology) and the environment, placing an emphasis 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 shifts your learning toward greater design complexity and independent application and development of your communication skills. It prepares you to engage with advanced level landscape design in DLH600.

  • DLH600 Landscape Design 6

    This 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 two of landscape architecture's core study areas - Landscape Design up to DLB500, and Landscape Technology / Construction in DLB240 and DLB440. DLH600 unites and builds on the principles and processes learnt in these units in a program of advanced design resolution through the development of technical documents commensurate with those produced by the profession for landscape construction contractors. This unit shifts your learning toward greater creative and technical design specificity and independent application, providing a solid foundation for the critical and creative complexity and independence required in your final year landscape design studios beginning with DLH700.

  • DLH700 Landscape Design 7

    This advanced level 24 credit point landscape design studio unit builds on the knowledge, skills and applications developed in your landscape architecture core units to date. In it you will explore advanced theory 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 shifts your learning toward greater complexity and independent application of advanced skills in the generation of detailed 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 24 credit point capstone landscape design unit invites you to explore and demonstrate an advanced individual expression of the knowledge, skills and applications developed in your landscape architecture core units to date. You will undertake a sustained, semester-long 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 substantiates your independent skills in professional-level landscape architectural investigation and practice enabling you to engage with the wide range of projects you will encounter in your professional life.

  • DLH845 Professional Practice in Landscape Architecture

    This capstone unit builds on understandings of 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.