Building and planning

Short courses and professional development

Course Description
Project management professional development You can study individual units from our Graduate Certificate in Project Management through flexible online learning.

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.

Unit Synopsis
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…
DAB110 Architectural Design 1 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 in a problem based learning environment. Analysis of the constructed environment leads to a number of design projects that engage with issues of…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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.…
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…
DTB101 Interior Design 1 This unit introduces you to knowledge, skills and application of design concepts and processes relevant to interior design at a foundational level.…
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.…
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…
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.…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
EVB201 Global Environmental Issues The capacity for understanding complex global environmental problems such as climate change, now and in the future, will rely on the capacity of environmental scientists to interpret and critically analyse environmental systems. This unit focuses on understanding long and short term climate and environmental change and opportunities for action as…
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.…
PCB122 Lighting Design This unit aims to introduce students to the basics of lighting design, taking into account both the requirements for lighting a space, as well as the practical issues. Both indoor and outdoor spaces are included. The software packages used are easily understood, as the aim of the unit is to…
PCB123 Sustainability and Human Factors In this unit you should develop an understanding of the performance issues of lamps and luminaires, both from a energy point of view and the human issues – does it meet the needs of the people working or at leisure in the space.…
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…
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.…
USB141 Building Big This unit builds on the construction fundamentals covered in the unit UXB110 Residential Construction and further develops these concepts and applies them to the construction methods, building area measurement and quality of design and construction for industrial property, retail centres, high rise commercial and high rise residential property. These concepts…
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…
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…
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…
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…
UXB130 History of the Built Environment The unit looks at the interactions of forces and events that act to produce elements of the built environment, and the role played by the built environment in shaping human history through the use of historical examples from around the world.…
UXB131 Imagine Planning and Design 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…
UXB132 Urban Analysis The unit is structured to develop and apply the necessary skills for undertaking thorough analytical analyses of cities and regions. Theoretical and practical aspects of urban analysis including a variety of quantitative, qualitative and spatial analyses techniques are introduced during the lectures, where these techniques are then practiced during tutorials…
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…
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…

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.

Unit Synopsis
BVB312 Pest Management Pest organisms can directly affect human health, disrupt agriculture and negatively impact on the environment. Managing pest organisms in an environmentally sensitive and economically sustainable manner is a core component of the work done by applied biologists and needs to be built on sound science. With a focus on food…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
DAH710 Architectural Design 7 This unit offers an advanced level investigation into the field of design as applied to architecture, with particular focus on Urban Design issues that come to bear in the design of a building. On completion of this unit you should be able to; demonstrate, through your project work, your understanding…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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.…
DTH603 Furniture Studies This unit develops at an intermediate course level your knowledge, skills and their application regarding furniture and joinery in the interior and exterior context with a specific focus on experimental design and prototype construction. It builds upon the technical issues introduced in the units DTB202 and DTB303.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
UXB212 Designing 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.…
UXB214 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…
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 Planning Processes You will study the logic, role and methods of successive stages of planning including aims, information analysis and synthesis, evaluation, strategy development, monitoring and review. You will learn how to integrate widespread consultation both within communities and with other professionals to help develop flexible and widely applicable planning processes.…
UXB330 Urban Design This unit develops skills in urban design analysis and communication. You will learn, practice and applytechniques and knowledge required to produce urban design plans and policies.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 Analysis and 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…
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…
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…
UXH420 Risk Management in the Resources Sector 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…
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.…
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.…
UXH432 Community Planning Students gain information on the many issues involved in community planning, including affordable housing, environmental quality and design, employment, human services, community access and culture. They learn to recognize the impacts of social and physical change on communities at scales varying from the local to the global. Building on knowledge…
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…