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.

Architecture

  • DAB101 Architectural Design 1: Explorations

    This unit offers a broad introduction to the field of design as applied to architecture. It uses developmental exercises to enhance student 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 offers a focused introduction to the field of design through engagement with the explicit process of design as applied to architecture. It uses developmental exercises to enhance student perceptions of the built environment. Architectural design as a manageable process in 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. Teaching and learning activities are spread across lectures, tutorials, and studio based activities.

  • DAB103 Architectural Visualisation 1

    Architects work in three dimensions and thus employ a variety of tools to think about and communicate three-dimensional ideas. This unit introduces you to the basic skills and techniques you'll need to support this design visualisation with a focus on analogue media, simple model making, and fundamental drawing skills; both technical and expressive/exploratory.

  • DAB200 Modern Architecture

    This unit explores the global movement of modern architecture from its roots in the European Enlightenment and nineteenth century till the twentieth century and its migration to the United States after the Second World War. It enhances your previous learning in DYB112 Spatial Materiality and DYB114 Spatial Histories and deepens your learning in the design studios by providing you the intellectual skills to engage with historical debate, and moreover the ability to understand your own design projects through the history of the modern movement and of modernity more broadly that remains a paradigm for contemporary architectural praxis.

  • DAB201 Architectural Design 3: Dwelling

    This unit in architectural design 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.

  • DAB211 Environmental Principles of Architectural Design

    This unit familiarises students 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. This unit provides students with the tools to integrate environmental design principals in basic buildings.

  • DAB212 Small Scale Building Construction

    This unit will explore various forms of domestic construction with particular reference to general properties of building materials, 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. Students will be introduced to the construction aspects of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) including its housing provisions and associated codes for all types of buildings to assist to achieve the requirements for building approvals. This unit will also introduce the general properties of acoustic systems in relation to interior comfort.

  • DAB220 Architecture, Culture and Place

    The concept of place is highly significant to architectural thought and production. This introductory unit surveys the concept of place in the discourse and practice of architecture and explores how place is in understood, interpreted and made in a range of cultural, historical and physical contexts.

  • DAB325 Architecture in the 20th Century

    Designers in any discipline should possess the ability to appreciate the history of art, design and architecture. In addition, they should be able to analyse developments in design history from multiple perspectives. This unit is a survey course of the history and theory of architecture from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Teaching and learning takes place through three forms of structured activity: lectures, tutorials, and online.

  • DAB330 Integrated Technologies 1

    This is the first discipline-based unit in the Technology and Science design stream, through the introduction and application of the architectural principles for Environmental Design (including sustainability, lighting, and acoustics), Construction, and Structures. It introduces students to the basic technologies and sciences associated with architectural practice and in particular technical skills required for simple design projects. Thermal characteristics of building materials, bioclimatic chart analysis, climate and climatic elements as environmental factors influencing architectural design, basic climatic regions and climate responsive building design, solar heating and cooling of buildings, thermal performance analysis, environmentally sustainable building materials, colour, natural and artificial lighting, ventilation, and condensation will be forming the Environmental Design topics.

Civil engineering & the built environment

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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, and provides a sense of identity as a construction management professional. Key concepts such as occupational health and safety, professional practice, ethics, information management and sustainability are explored. Recent developments in construction will be highlighted and the future of construction will be explored.

  • UXB112 Introduction to Structures

    The choice of material and the reliance on the material being “fit for purpose” is essential to the success of any building project. This unit provides an introduction to building materials, such as rock, soil, timber, masonry, concrete and metal and forms the basic building blocks of subsequent units. We will cover the structural and non structural materials used in the construction process and focus on the basic properties, construction applications, behaviour, strength, durability, suitability, sustainability and limitations.

  • UXB115 Introduction to Modern Construction Business

    This unit introduces you to basic business principles associated with running construction contracting and consultancy firms within the construction and infrastructure sectors, integrating design management, procurement, legal, commercial, and business concepts and practices within the specific context of the built environment.

  • UXB121 Imagine Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering

    Imagine what your future Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering career will be like.  This unit 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. This unit occurs in the first year of your course to provide you with the foundational context in quantity surveying and cost engineering and relates in particular to units in measurement and cost planning and controls.

  • 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, generally taken by first year students in QUT's Planning course, will introduce you to planning and design in urban and regional planning. You will learn about basic theories and practices of planning and design, planning policy and the planning profession.  This unit involves both individual and group work and you will also develop project management, research and communications skills necessary for professional practice. This is the first of several planning and design studio subjects for the Bachelor of Urban Development (Urban and Regional Planning) course over four years. The unit draws on real world urban planning examples to develop spatial analysis and visual communication skills which are key to conducting planning analysis and making recommendations. The aim of this unit is to introduce you to planning and design principles, techniques for analysing places and important tools for planning communication.

  • UXB132 Urban Analysis

    The unit provides opportunities for you to acquire, refine and apply quantitative, qualitative and spatial skills required for analyses of cities and regions.

  • 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. This unit builds upon the knowledge introduced in Imagine Planning and Design and Urban Analysis, and provides the theoretical foundation for application in studio type units in subsequent years.  As a built environment professional you will need to develop a keen understanding of the socio-economic, demographic, physical, political, cultural and institutional factors that shape our cities. This unit will expose you 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. This unit aims to develop your knowledge and skills in understanding the growth and development of cities, using real-world examples.

  • UXB134 Land Use Planning

    This unit provides you with knowledge of and skills in land use planning and geographic information system (GIS) in an integrated way. This unit provides you with a balanced and clear introduction into the substantive domains of land use planning, one of the primary functions of planners. This unit builds on the academic skills learnt in UXH100 Design-thinking and Commication for the Built Environment, UXB131 Imagine Planning and Design and UXB132 - Urban Analysis.

Design

  • DEB100 Design and Sustainability

    This unit, with its special focus on the role and impact of designers to shift society toward a more environmentally sustainable way of living, introduces you to essential academic and professional skills and practices for learning to become a designer.

  • DEB202 Introducing Design History

    This unit encompasses a broad survey of the history of design from the civilizations of antiquity to the opening of the 20th century - including architecture, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture. It is a first year foundation unit and serves as preparation for more detailed and specialised studies in history and theory in subsequent years. Key designs, ideas and artefacts and the aesthetic, environmental, technological, socio-cultural and political factors that related to their production will be analysed.

  • DYB114 Spatial Histories

    This foundation unit is part of an introduction to 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.

Earth, environment & biological sciences

  • EVB102 Ecosystems and the Environment

    In EVB102 Ecosystems and the Environment you will focus on broad-scale factors that shape ecological systems to assess ecosystem change and human impacts on the environment. As well as providing an introduction to the science of ecology, this unit further develops foundation knowledge and skills developed through Semester 1, and prepares you for the exploration of global environmental issues.

Energy & process engineering

  • PCB121 Vision, Colour and Photometry

    This is the first unit in the lighting suite of courses and aims to prepare students with the necessary grounding for future units in the course. All lectures in units that follow this will assume a good knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles presented in this unit.

  • PCB124 Lamps and Luminaires

    This is an important unit in the lighting suite of courses because it describes the basic equipment that people working in any area of the lighting industry have to know and understand – the lights themselves. Understanding how a lamp works and how it performs helps people make informed decisions about the choices they have in choosing lamps for particular applications. All lectures in units that follow this will assume a good knowledge and understanding of the principles, properties and performances of light sources, including the emerging LED products.

Industrial design

  • DNB103 Product Visualisation 1

    Industrial designers employ a variety of tools to think about and communicate three-dimensional product concepts. This unit introduces you to the skills and techniques needed to support design visualisation, focussing on analogue media, drawing skills and simple model making.

  • DNB305 Culture and Design

    An understanding of people and their cognitive and emotive relationship with the world is essential for designing responsive products and environments. This unit encourages a diversity of knowledge for you to gain a broader perspective of culture, and understand how issues of culture influence product design and the designer's interaction with society and diverse cultures. The content covered includes: theoretical perspectives of culture; psychological implications of everyday human-artefact interactivity; environmental and cultural perception; changing socio-cultural landscapes; ageing population; sustainability and globalisation; potential for design to advance social changes and quality of life; and psychological implications and attitudes embedded in product semantics and symbolics.

Interior design

  • DTB103 Interior Visualisation 1

    This unit introduces you to foundational visualisation and two-dimensional/three dimensional communication skills including drawing and rendering, technical drawing and model making relevant for (interior) design development and presentation.

  • 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

  • DLB100 Landscape Design 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 you will learn in the co-requisite unit DLB103 Visualisation 1. This studio prepares you for the ongoing series of landscape design studio units.

  • DLB103 Landscape Visualisation 1

    This unit introduces you to foundational manual (non-digital) landscape visualisation skills and applications. Visualisation is the ability to imagine and give form to design ideas. Landscape designers work in four dimensions and thus employ a variety of tools to think about and communicate three- and four-dimensional ideas. This unit introduces you to the skills and techniques you'll need to support this design visualisation with a focus on analogue (non-digital) media, manual drawing skills and simple model making. You will learn and experiment with design and discipline-specific language including application of these representational techniques in the co-requisite unit DLB100. This pairing of units prepares you for the ongoing series of landscape design studio units.

  • DLB200 Landscape Design 2

    This unit is your second introductory level landscape design studio, building on the foundational knowledge, skills and applications you learnt in DLB100 and DLB103. In it you will explore landscape as an experiential, spatial and temporal expression of cultural meaning. You will experiment with the interpretation and design of landscape using your own body to 'read' local landscapes, and how they are culturally designated. You will experiment with design development processes and the language of landscape design to articulate new perceptions of landscape experiences, places, times and scales, and design propositions to transform the landscape. You will experiment with application of the representational techniques you will learn in DLB203 Landscape Visualisation 2. This studio prepares you for your second year, intermediate level design studios, beginning with DLB300.

  • DLB203 Landscape Visualisation 2

    This unit introduces you to foundational digital landscape visualisation skills and applications, and their integration with the manual skills and analogue media you worked with in DLB103. It draws on digital visualisation's realist and abstract properties to efficiently explore and express complex landscape ideas. The range of software available offers you a selection of methods to capture and rapidly explore the complex three-dimensional forms and ephemeral temporal processes (the fourth dimension) that characterise landscapes. You will learn and experiment with design and discipline-specific language including application of these representational techniques in the co-requisite unit DLB200 Landscape Design 2. This pairing of units prepares you for your second year, intermediate level design studios, beginning with DLB300.

  • DLB211 Landscape and Wellbeing

    This unit introduces you to concepts, theories and exemplars in the realm of landscape and wellbeing. You will explore topics such as healthy communities, healthy environmental, social and economic systems, equity in global and local contexts.

  • DLB325 People and Place

    This introductory level unit builds on the foundational knowledge of design history you learnt in DEB202. 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. You will learn about a wide range of 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 extends the communication techniques you learnt in DEB100 to a wider range of written and visual methods of investigation and communication. It prepares you for further expansion of your intermediate level 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 introductory level unit builds on the foundational knowledge of environmental sustainability you learnt in DEB100 and DLB320. In conjunction with the unit DLB400, you will explore theories of 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 will develop 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, extending the communication techniques you learnt in DEB100 to learn the specific conventions of scientific reporting. This unit expands your understanding of landscape from a small site to a broad and holistic level, preparing you for expanding your intermediate level design skills in DLB500 and learning landscape planning theory and application in DLH700.

  • DLB525 History and Criticism of Landscape Design

    This intermediate level unit builds on the broad foundational knowledge of design history in DEB202 and theoretical knowledge and critical thinking and research skills learnt in DLB325. Learning from the past enriches and informs our current and future landscape design practice, and 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). This unit consolidates the communication techniques you learnt in DEB100 and DLB325, and prepares you for critical explorations of design history and theory to support your advanced level landscape design units.

Property & planning

  • USB100 Understanding the Built Environment

    This unit exposes students to the various professions and concepts that determine, develop and manage the built environment and how the disciplines of construction management, quantity surveying, urban and regional planning and property economics interact to achieve an economic and sustainable built environment.

  • USB140 Imagine Property

    This unit introduces the underlying concepts of property and describes the various participants in the industry and how their roles interact to develop, acquire, value and dispose of residential property in both the public and private sector.  The unit will provide the foundations for further study in the property valuation, property law and property investment and finance units from primarily a residential perspective.  Interactive activities and assessment will be used to convey and test these fundamental property principles.

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.

  • DAB203 Architectural Visualisation 2

    The unit DAB103 introduced you to the skills and techniques needed to support design visualisation with a focus on analogue media and drawing skills. This unit continues that process of skills development, and integrates digital techniques (computer aided design) with analogue approaches; further developing your ability to imagine and test architectural designs through visual mean.

  • DAB210 Architectural Design 2

    This unit offers a focused introduction to the field of design through engagement with the explicit process of design as applied to architecture. It uses developmental exercises to enhance student perceptions of the built environment in a problem based learning environment. Architectural design as a manageable process in 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. Teaching and learning activities are spread across lectures, tutorials, and studio based activities.

  • 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).

  • DAB310 Architectural Design 3

    This intermediate level unit in architectural design uses developmental exercises to enhance student perceptions of the built environment in a problem based learning environment. Design problems of increased complexity are tackled through a process of abstraction, experimentation, representation, imagination, and testing. Advanced orthogonal drawing, freehand sketching, presentation graphics, documentation techniques, and model making all form part of the unit content. Teaching and learning activities are spread across lectures, tutorials, workshops and studio based activities.

  • 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).

  • DAB410 Architectural Design 4

    This unit offers an 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. Complex design problems deal with issues of social context, ethics, values, as well as the physical constraints of site, materials, climate, and technology. Design projects require the management of conflicting constraints to achieve optimal design proposals. Precedence, typologies, research and analysis, and representation techniques all form part of the unit content. Teaching and learning activities are spread across lectures, tutorials, and studio based activities.

  • DAB435 Architectural Technology 1

    The unit will explore various forms of domestic construction with particular reference to general properties of building materials, 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. Students will be introduced to the construction aspects of the BCA including its housing provisions and associated codes for all types of buildings to assist to achieve the requirements for building approvals.

  • 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.

Industrial design

  • DNB203 Product Visualisation 2

    This unit continues developing your analogue media and drawing skills gained in DNB101 Industrial Design 1 and introduces digital and analogue approaches and visualisation techniques to support your industrial design projects.

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.

  • DTB201 Interior Design 2

    This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application for interior design at a foundational level. It links with work previously undertaken in DTB101 and DTB103 and prepares you for subsequent interior design units.

  • 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.

  • DTB203 Interior Visualisation 2

    This unit advances the knowledge that you learnt in DTB103 Interior Visualisation 1, focussing on integrating digital and analogue media to visualise and communicate design ideas and proposals.

  • 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 and Techtonics

    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 Design with Flora

    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.

Property & planning

  • USB242 Experience Property

    This unit builds upon the preliminary property fundamentals covered in the unit USB140 Imagine Property, expanding those key concepts to income producing and investment grade assets.  This unit develops an understanding of the various commercial market sectors and how various features of these markets impact on the value of a property asset.  The unit will provide the foundations for the further study in the property valuation, property law and property investment and finance units from a commercial property perspective.  Interactive activities and assessment will be used to convey these fundamental income producing property principles.