Continuing Professional Development

The Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning runs Continuing Professional Development short courses which provide a valuable opportunity for professionals and students to be updated on career-related skills and any recent changes in their professions.

If you are considering further study it is also an opportunity to try a subject from a program to gauge its suitability. Once the assessment requirements are completed participants may be able to receive 6 credit points per subject towards a future degree.

These units are all taught in intensive block-mode, condensing a whole semester into four to six days, making them easier to fit around work, family and other commitments. They are open to professionals with or without prior higher education in these fields. All programs qualify for CPD points for AIA and SBSE/EA members.

Courses Currently Available

Architectural Audio Acoustics

Dates: TBA

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2724.96

TBA

This unit introduces the fundamental concepts and issues of audio and architectural acoustics. You will learn acoustical terminology and be taught to perform calculations applicable to sound in the environment, in buildings and in audio contexts, gaining the ability to critically assess claims of acoustical performance. You will cover acoustical concepts, principles of sound propagation and absorption, physiological and psychological acoustics, noise measurement and sound insulation.

Architectural Lighting Design

Dates: TBA

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

TBA

This unit focuses on the development of lighting solutions for a variety of architectural and outdoor spaces, emphasising the integration of technical knowledge with critical evaluation of unfamiliar lighting situations and technologies. With a focus on the decision-making process, you will explore strategies to create functional, aesthetically pleasing, cost-effective, and energy-conscious illuminated environments, covering light layering, ambiance and other design elements.

Building Construction Technology

Dates: TBA

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

TBA

This unit covers building construction practices (both basic and advanced) as well as sustainable construction. You will learn about building culture, rational construction, first principles of construction and construction techniques—covering both domestic-scaled buildings and more complex, commercially scaled projects—including issues of heat transfer, external conditions, integration of services and factors crucial to environmental sustainability, with reference to accessible and well-documented exemplars.

Building Economics

Dates: TBA

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

TBA

This unit will equip you with an understanding of economic principles and professional tools necessary for the procurement and management of real estate property, facilities and buildings at optimum economic and environmental performance. The focus is on the practices required for high performing building assets, contract procurement strategies, cash flow analysis, Return On Investment for retrofitting and economic appraisals of assets.

Building Energy Analysis

Dates: TBA

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

TBA

This unit will acquaint you with the range of analytical and design tools available for low energy building design, including climate data analysis, graphical and model techniques for solar studies, steady state and dynamic heat flow analysis and more. You will get hands-on experience with myriad analytical tools and techniques, and learn their importance and application in low-energy building design.

Building Services

Dates: TBA

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

TBA

This unit will develop your understanding of the principles of selection, operation and management of a wide range of service systems including vertical transportation, fire detection and protection, hydraulics and plumbing, heating ventilation and air conditioning, electrical and lighting, security and data networking. You will measure performance metrics, use cutting edge facilities management tools and learn the design and performance implications of these services.

Design Thinking

Dates: TBA

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

TBA

TBA

Digital Audio Production

Dates: TBA

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2724.50

TBA

TBA

Economics for Planners

Dates: Every Tuesday from Week 1

Sessions: All Semester

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

Professor Peter Phibbs

TBA

Electrical Services

Dates: Tuesday 28th April - 19th May

Sessions: 5 Sessions

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

Dr Richard De Dear

The aim of this subject is to present basic principles of electricity and magnetism as necessary for an understanding of the application of electrical services in buildings; to introduce students to the applications of these principles to electrical distribution in ildings; to outline the principles of electric motors, transformers and switchboard design; and to introduce elementary principles of illumination and daylighting.

Energy Code Compliance

Dates: 29th August to 14th September

Sessions: 5

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

Dr Francesco Fiorito

In this unit you will gain an understanding of energy consumption issues in the face of current efforts to reduce carbon emissions. You will learn about the processes and considerations involved in an energy audit, demand management strategies and other optimisation techniques, and will conclude by preparing a modeling exercise that complies with regulatory standards and is suitable for presentation to a certifying authority.

Heritage Law Policy

Dates: TBA

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

TBA

This unit will teach you to review legislation at all levels of government, plan instruments and policy documents in line with regulations and agency procedures, and to think critically about heritage issues and relate these issues to urban design and planning. Lectures will be mixed with site visits and project-based research with a view to developing and deepening skills in heritage studies and law.

Idea Lab

Dates: 2 August to 31 August

Sessions: 12 (Lecture + Tutorial)

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

Dr Caitlin de Berigny Wall

This unit introduces the fundamental concepts and issues of audio and architectural acoustics. You will learn acoustical terminology and be taught to perform calculations applicable to sound in the environment, in buildings and in audio contexts, gaining the ability to critically assess claims of acoustical performance. You will cover acoustical concepts, principles of sound propagation and absorption, physiological and psychological acoustics, noise measurement and sound insulation.

Intelligent Building Control Systems

Dates: TBA

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

TBA

This unit will further your understanding of Building Management and Control Systems (BMCS) necessary for optimum performance, from a primary perspective of air conditioning and ventilation but also including software-based systems associated with security, lighting and lifts. You will also become proficient in critical analysis of control and operational management strategies such as diagnostics, parameter trend jogging and building information dashboards.

Introduction to Architectural Science

Dates: TBA

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

TBA

This unit explores concepts of heat, light and sound as applicable to buildings, and is divided into five topics: climate and resources; thermal environment; air movement; lighting; and acoustics. Via theoretical modeling and measurement exercises, you will gain an understanding of the terminology, physical values and metrics in each of these topics, and how they apply to the design and function of buildings.

Light & Vision

Dates: TBA

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

TBA

TBA

Lighting Design Software

Dates: 1st August to 18th October

Sessions: 5

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

TBA

TBA

Lighting Technologies

Dates: 25 July -6th September

Sessions: 5

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

Assoc Professor Wendy Davis

TBA

Mechanical Services

Dates: 6th September - 29th September

Sessions: 5 Sessions

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

Ashak Nathwani / Prof Richard De Dear

Mechanical services are an essential component of most modern commercial buildings with a strong influence on other services and the architecture. This subject provides a deeper understanding of these services for recent graduates or diplomates in mechanical engineering and an understanding of fundamental principles and practice for people from backgrounds other than mechanical engineering.

Photometry & Colormetry

Dates: TBA

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

Assoc Professor Wendy Davis

TBA

Planning Principles, Systems and Practices

Dates: 6th August to 25th August

Sessions: 4

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

Assoc. Professor Nicole Gurran

TBA

Urban Ecology, Design and Planning

Dates: 11th August to 22nd September

Sessions: TBA

Cost: $2412.50/$1930/$1800

Assoc Prof Paul Jones / Assoc Prof Rod Simpson

TBA

Need to know more?

For more information contact the Student Administration Centre at arch.sac@sydney.edu.au