Continuing Professional Development

An innovative CPD program that caters to busy professionals is now offered by the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney. You can undertake a single unit of study without assessment and claim your CPD points at a reduced rate. The 5-day courses provide a valuable opportunity for property sector professionals and students to be updated on career-related skills and the latest developments in these fast-changing fields.

Our units of study span a range of specialist areas from Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Intelligent Building Controls, to Building Economics – all vital elements of a high performing building. Many of theses units are offered for the first time in Australia at postgraduate level.

Please note that these CPD credits will not count towards a postgraduate award unless you choose to enroll as a part-time or full-time student in which case you will be required to fulfill the appropriate assessment tasks.

There are limited places in some of the units and they will be allocated on first come, first served basis.

Need to know more?

Contact the Student Administration Centre (arch.sac@sydney.edu.au).

Topics offered at the postgraduate level:

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DESC9673 - Intelligent Building Control Systems

Program Director: Professor Richard de Dear

Session: Semester 1

Classes: 5 days, 9am-5pm

Room: 481, Wilkinson Building

Dates: 30 Apr, 1, 2, 3 & 4 May 2017

Cost: CPD Reduced Rate $2,500

This unit presents an overview of intelligent buildings from the Building Management and Control System (BMCS) perspective, focusing specifically on Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) processes, plus other building services including security, lighting, and vertical transportation. Fundamentals of control systems theory and technology will be presented.

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DESC9674 - Building Information Management

Program Director: Dr Jessica Zhang

Session: Semester 1

Classes: 5 days intensive 9am-5pm

Dates: 9, 10, 11 Mar, 28, 29 Apr 2017

Cost: CPD Reduced Rate $2,500

This unit will introduce students to the theory and practice of building information management and modelling. The unit starts with building management, which brings knowledge and skill on how to operate buildings to optimise performance. It also introduces Building Information Modelling (BIM), which is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility.

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DESC9675 - High Performance Facades

Program Director: Professor Richard de Dear

Session: Semester 1

Classes: 5 days intensive 9am-5pm

Dates: 27 Mar, 3, 8, 15 & 29 May 2017

Cost: CPD Reduced Rate $2,500

This unit explores advanced building façades and their role in reducing environmental impacts while simultaneously enhancing indoor environment quality for building occupants. Advanced façades are those that are designed, analysed, procured and operated as a system.

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IDEA9106 - Design Thinking

Program Director: Dr Naseem Ahmadpour

Session: Semester 1

Classes: Tuesday evenings, Time 6-9pm

Dates: 7 Mar - 30 May 2017 (Except 18 Apr)

Cost: CPD Reduced Rate $2,500

This unit of study provides an overview of a human-centred approach to the design of products and systems. It introduces students to design thinking and how it can be productively applied to different design situations. The theoretical concepts, methods and tools for the key stages of interaction design are covered including user research, ideation, prototyping and user evaluation. It provides students with the principles, processes and tools for working collaboratively on design projects in studio. The cognitive processes of individual designers are also explored. Students learn to build empathy with users, identify and reframe the problem space, develop value-driven design concepts and persuasively communicate design proposals with an emphasis on the user experience through visual storytelling.

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IDEA9103 - Design Programming

Program Director: Liam Bray

Session: Semester 1

Classes: Friday mornings, Time 10am-1pm

Dates: 10 Mar - 2 Jun 2017 (Except 11 Apr)

Cost: CPD Reduced Rate $2,500

This unit aims to teach students an understanding of the stages involved in the development of software for design; skills in the design and implementation of software for design tasks and in the development of software as design tools. On the successful completion of this unit of study, students will have demonstrated through individual and group programming assignments: skills in using software tools to build interactive, visual design applications; knowledge of object-oriented programming concepts; implementation techniques such as editing, using libraries, and compilation and runtime environments; knowledge of programming language concepts including: classes, methods, object creation, instance and local variables, primitive and object types, simple I/O, and control flow; knowledge of software design and development processes including analysis of requirements, design of data-structures, functions and classes, software development lifecycles, and managing software projects. This unit is a foundational core unit in the Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts program.

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IDEA9101 - IDEA Lab

Program Director: Liam Bray

Session: Semester 1

Classes: Friday, Time 10am-1pm & 2-5pm

Dates: 10 Mar - 7 Apr 2017

Cost: CPD Reduced Rate $2,500

The aim of this unit of study is the learning of key technical skills for prototyping and building interactive digital media within a creative design framework. The unit provides an introduction to the fundamentals of various software and hardware construction tools, and the technological platforms available for building sensor-based interfaces.