Master of Design Science

Students in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Design Science are required to complete one of the following streams:

  • Audio and Acoustics
  • Building Services
  • Illumination Design
  • Sustainable Design

It is also possible for Master of Design Science students to elect to undertake additional units of study to complete a second stream, which may include any two of the above streams, or the additional stream of

  • Facilities Management.

The requirements for these streams are outlined in the tables of units of study and also in the course rules, both of which may be found below. The requirements of the individual streams are also detailed below.

Audio and Acoustics

The Audio and Acoustics program is unique in Australia and one of only a few comparable programs in the world. The program offers a balance of studio-based production subjects and theoretical and investigative subjects in acoustics and technical audio. It aims to extend students' existing skills to a high level of proficiency and professionalism in the various disciplines that contribute to the audio and acoustics fields. The program suits people with an academic and/or professional track record in audio or related areas, wishing to extend the breadth and level of their expertise.

The sound studios consist of a recording studio and a 5.1 format production studio. The acoustical laboratory has an anechoic room and a reverberant room, and is equipped with state-of-the-art acoustical measurement and analysis tools.

Students in the Audio and Acoustics program have the opportunity to develop a sophisticated understanding of and skills in, audio production and its application to new media, audio system and component design, audio and architectural acoustics, digital audio systems and electronics, and music as it relates to audio design.

Students are exposed to world-class research activity and have the opportunity to undertake research projects of their own. The program is currently developing in the areas of sound reinforcement system design, interactive sound design, spatial audio, psychoacoustics and advanced measurement methods.

Units of study

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Audio and Acoustics Stream

Core units

DESC9200
Introduction to Architectural Science
6      Semester 1
DESC9011
Audio Production
6   

Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful please contact the Student Administration Centre (SAC).
Semester 1
DESC9115
Digital Audio Systems
6      Semester 1
DESC9138
Architectural and Audio Acoustics
6      Semester 1
DESC9201
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
6      Semester 2
DESC9117
Sound Design for New Media
6   

Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful please contact the Architecture Student Administration Centre (SAC). First preference to students in the Audio and Acoustics streams.
Semester 2

Optional units

ARCH9031
Research Report
12   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Submit an Independent Study Approval Form, signed by your proposed supervisor, with your request to enrol. Available to Masters students only.
Semester 1
Semester 2
DESC9090
Audio Systems and Measurement
6    A DESC9138
Semester 2
DESC9134
Audio and Acoustics Seminar
6    A DESC9138 and DESC9011
P DESC9090 or DESC9133
Semester 1
DESC9135
Digital Audio Production with ProTools
6      Int June
DESC9137
Spatial Audio
6    A DESC9138 and DESC9011


Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful, please seek permission from the Architecture Student Administration Centre (SAC).
Semester 1
DESC9153
Graduate Internship
6    A Sufficient coursework to undertake guided professional work

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Masters students only. Graduate Diploma students with permission of the Program Coordinator. Advanced Standing will not be granted for this unit of study.
Semester 1
Semester 2
DESC9300
Research in Arch. & Design Science
6    N ARCF9001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Building Services

As the sustainability agenda focuses on optimization of the carbon footprint of buildings, both initial and ongoing, it is essential that building services are understood by all stakeholders in the built environment. The Building Services program’s key objective is to impart this knowledge through a suite of core, optional and elective units of study that can be tailored to general or specialised interests.

The program is presented by a team comprising both industry and research leaders, and caters for graduates and practitioners wishing to advance their careers. Building services units of study include mechanical, electrical, hydraulics, fire safety, energy performance and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ). Flexibility of the Building Services program allows units from cognate programs such as Sustainable Design, Illumination Design, and Facilities Management, to be incorporated as Optional components. Furthermore Elective units may be taken from any other program offered within this Faculty, or from programs offered elsewhere within the University of Sydney.

Units of study

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Building Services Stream

Core units

DESC9200
Introduction to Architectural Science
6      Semester 1
DESC9014
Building Construction Technology
6      Semester 1
DESC9015
Building Energy Analysis
6      Semester 1a
DESC9040
Electrical Services
6      Int May
DESC9201
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
6      Semester 2
DESC9067
Mechanical Services
6      Semester 2
DESC9192
Energy Code Compliance in Buildings
6    A Undergraduate architecture or engineering degree
Semester 2
DESC9111
Energy Management in Buildings
6      Semester 2

Optional units

DESC9047
Strategic Facility Management
6      Semester 1
DESC9048
Operational Facility Management
6      Semester 2
DESC9049
Financial Decision Making
6      Semester 1
DESC9050
Fire Protection Services
6   

This unit of study is offered in even numbered years only.
Semester 2
DESC9074
Project Management
6      Semester 2
DESC9148
Sustainable Building Design Practice
6   

Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. First preference to Sustainable Design students. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful, please seek permission from the Student Administration Centre (SAC).
Semester 2
DESC9153
Graduate Internship
6    A Sufficient coursework to undertake guided professional work

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Masters students only. Graduate Diploma students with permission of the Program Coordinator. Advanced Standing will not be granted for this unit of study.
Semester 1
Semester 2
DESC9164
Lighting Technologies
6    N DESC9063
Int August
DESC9166
Photometry and Colorimetry
6    N DESC9072
Int April
DESC9191
Building Acoustics and Noise Control
6    A DESC9200 or DESC9138
Semester 2
DESC9300
Research in Arch. & Design Science
6    N ARCF9001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ARCH9031
Research Report
12   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Submit an Independent Study Approval Form, signed by your proposed supervisor, with your request to enrol. Available to Masters students only.
Semester 1
Semester 2

Facilities Management

The Facilities Management stream is available in the Master of Design Science as a secondary stream. See the Facilities Management entry below for details of this program which is offered primarily under its own named award courses.

Units of study

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Facilities Management Stream

Core units

DESC9200
Introduction to Architectural Science
6      Semester 1
DESC9201
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
6      Semester 2
DESC9047
Strategic Facility Management
6      Semester 1
DESC9048
Operational Facility Management
6      Semester 2
DESC9049
Financial Decision Making
6      Semester 1
DESC9172
Building Asset Management
6      Semester 2
DESC9183
Risk Management
6    A DESC9047
Semester 2

Optional units

ARCH9028
Conservation Methods and Practices
12      Semester 1
DESC9014
Building Construction Technology
6      Semester 1
DESC9074
Project Management
6      Semester 2
DESC9111
Energy Management in Buildings
6      Semester 2
DESC9153
Graduate Internship
6    A Sufficient coursework to undertake guided professional work

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Masters students only. Graduate Diploma students with permission of the Program Coordinator. Advanced Standing will not be granted for this unit of study.
Semester 1
Semester 2
PLAN9061
Planning Principles, Systems & Practice
6    N PLAN9020, PLAN9044


Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful please contact the Student Administration Centre (SAC). Permission required in Semester 1 unless enrolled in Urban and Regional Planning.
Semester 1
Semester 2a
DESC9300
Research in Arch. & Design Science
6    N ARCF9001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ARCH9031
Research Report
12   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Submit an Independent Study Approval Form, signed by your proposed supervisor, with your request to enrol. Available to Masters students only.
Semester 1
Semester 2

Illumination Design

This professional program welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, including architecture, engineering, computer science, human factors, interior design and psychology.

Our entire visual experience depends on light. It has a profound impact on both the function and aesthetics of architectural spaces. The Illumination Design program offers strong technical education in human visual perception, methods for quantifying light, lighting technologies, and issues of sustainability. This field is enjoying rapid and exciting technological innovations and this program emphasizes the knowledge and critical thinking skills to enable students to adapt to, and even lead, future changes.

Upon successful completion of this masters coursework program, students are qualified for full membership in the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand, subject to the required practical experience.

Units of study

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Illumination Design Stream

Core units

DESC9167
Light and Vision
6    N DESC9085
Semester 1
DESC9166
Photometry and Colorimetry
6    N DESC9072
Int April
DESC9164
Lighting Technologies
6    N DESC9063
Int August
DESC9201
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
6      Semester 2
DESC9165
Architectural Lighting Design
12    N DESC9064
Semester 1
The following unit of study may also be counted toward the core requirements, but may not be recognised for Illuminating Engineering Society membership:
DESC9200
Introduction to Architectural Science
6      Semester 1

Optional units

DESC9154
Lighting Design Software
6    A Lighting design fundamentals
Semester 2
DESC9169
Daylight in Buildings
6    N DESC9106
Semester 1
DESC9040
Electrical Services
6      Int May
IDEA9106
Design Thinking
6      Semester 1
DESC9192
Energy Code Compliance in Buildings
6    A Undergraduate architecture or engineering degree
Semester 2
DESC9111
Energy Management in Buildings
6      Semester 2
DESC9152
Lighting Design Masterclass

This unit of study is not available in2014

6    A Lighting design fundamentals


This unit of study is offered in even numbered years only.
Int June
DESC9153
Graduate Internship
6    A Sufficient coursework to undertake guided professional work

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Masters students only. Graduate Diploma students with permission of the Program Coordinator. Advanced Standing will not be granted for this unit of study.
Semester 1
Semester 2
DESC9049
Financial Decision Making
6      Semester 1
DESC9074
Project Management
6      Semester 2
DESC9147
Sustainable Building Design Principles
6   

Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. First preference to Sustainable Design students. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful, please seek permission from the Student Administration Centre (SAC).
Semester 1
DESC9148
Sustainable Building Design Practice
6   

Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. First preference to Sustainable Design students. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful, please seek permission from the Student Administration Centre (SAC).
Semester 2
DESC9300
Research in Arch. & Design Science
6    N ARCF9001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ARCH9031
Research Report
12   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Submit an Independent Study Approval Form, signed by your proposed supervisor, with your request to enrol. Available to Masters students only.
Semester 1
Semester 2

Sustainable Design

This program provides the necessary skills and knowledge to design energy-efficient and environmentally conscious buildings. It addresses the relationship between architecture and current environmental issues, and it explores environmentally sustainable architecture. The core units of study in this program are listed in Table G, 'Graduate units of study'. There is flexibility to study areas of specific interest to each student. Options are available in other related programs offered by the faculty (eg Building Services, Facilities Management, Illumination Design) and elective units may be taken from any other program in the faculty or from other relevant programs at the University of Sydney.

Units of study

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Sustainable Design Stream

Core units

DESC9200
Introduction to Architectural Science
6      Semester 1
DESC9147
Sustainable Building Design Principles
6   

Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. First preference to Sustainable Design students. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful, please seek permission from the Student Administration Centre (SAC).
Semester 1
DESC9201
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
6      Semester 2
DESC9148
Sustainable Building Design Practice
6   

Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. First preference to Sustainable Design students. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful, please seek permission from the Student Administration Centre (SAC).
Semester 2

Optional units

ARCH9031
Research Report
12   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Submit an Independent Study Approval Form, signed by your proposed supervisor, with your request to enrol. Available to Masters students only.
Semester 1
Semester 2
DESC9015
Building Energy Analysis
6      Semester 1a
DESC9014
Building Construction Technology
6      Semester 1
DESC9047
Strategic Facility Management
6      Semester 1
DESC9049
Financial Decision Making
6      Semester 1
DESC9111
Energy Management in Buildings
6      Semester 2
DESC9048
Operational Facility Management
6      Semester 2
DESC9192
Energy Code Compliance in Buildings
6    A Undergraduate architecture or engineering degree
Semester 2
DESC9164
Lighting Technologies
6    N DESC9063
Int August
DESC9169
Daylight in Buildings
6    N DESC9106
Semester 1
DESC9150
Sustainability Research Project
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
DESC9153
Graduate Internship
6    A Sufficient coursework to undertake guided professional work

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Masters students only. Graduate Diploma students with permission of the Program Coordinator. Advanced Standing will not be granted for this unit of study.
Semester 1
Semester 2
DESC9300
Research in Arch. & Design Science
6    N ARCF9001

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
DESC9165
Architectural Lighting Design
12    N DESC9064
Semester 1

Course rules

 

Graduate Certificate in Design Science

Graduate Diploma in Design Science

Master of Design Science


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course Resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course and stream title

CG051

Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Audio and Acoustics)

CG042

Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Building)*

CG043

Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Building Services)

CG048

Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Illumination Design)

CG049

Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Sustainable Design)

CF051

Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Audio and Acoustics)

CF042

Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Building)*

CF043

Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Building Services)

CF048

Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Illumination Design)

CF049

Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Sustainable Design)

CC051

Master of Design Science (Audio and Acoustics)

CC151

Master of Design Science (Audio and Acoustics and stream)

CC042

Master of Design Science (Building)*

CC142

Master of Design Science (Building and stream)*

CC043

Master of Design Science (Building Services)

CC143

Master of Design Science (Building Services and stream)

CC048

Master of Design Science (Illumination Design)

CC148

Master of Design Science (Illumination Design and stream)

CC049

Master of Design Science (Sustainable Design)

CC149

Master of Design Science (Sustainable Design and stream)


*Last admission semester 2, 2008

2 Attendance pattern

(1)
The attendance pattern for these courses is full time or part time, according to candidate choice, with the exception of the following courses which are only offered part time:
(a)
the Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Sustainable Design)
(b)
the Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Illumination Design)
(c)
the Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Illumination Design) if commenced in an even numbered year
(d)
the Master of Design Science (Illumination Design) if commenced in an even numbered year
(e)
the Graduate Certificate in Design Science (Audio and Acoustics) if commenced in semester two.

3 Master's type

The master's degrees in these resolutions are professional master's courses, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

4 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
the Graduate Certificate in Design Science
(b)
the Graduate Diploma in Design Science
(c)
the Master of Design Science
(2)
Providing candidates satisfy the admission requirements for each stage, a candidate may progress to the award of any of the courses in this sequence. Only the longest award completed will be conferred.

5 Streams

(1)
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Design Science are required to complete one of the following streams:
(a)
Audio and acoustics;
(b)
Building;
(c)
Building services;
(d)
Illumination design; and
(e)
Sustainable design.
(2)
Candidates for the Master of Design Science who elect a 96 credit point program must complete two streams, combining any of the above. The following stream is also available, as a secondary stream only - Facilities management.
(3)
Completion of a stream(s) is a requirement of the course.
(4)
Candidates wishing to transfer between streams should contact the Faculty student office.

6 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants in the order in which complete applications are received, according to the following admissions criteria.
(2)
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Design Science requires a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.
(3)
Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Design Science requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate certificate with a weighted average mark of at least 70 across all units attempted for the award.
(4)
Admission to the Master of Design Science requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate diploma; or
(c)
completion of the requirement of the graduate certificate with a weighted average mark of at least 70 across all the units attempted for the award.
(5)
In exceptional circumstances the Dean or nominee may admit applicants without the following qualifications but whose evidence of experience and achievement is deemed by the Dean or nominee to be equivalent.

7 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for these awards are set out in Table G.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Design Science, a candidate must complete 24 credit points in a single stream, as specified in the tables of requirements below.
(3)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Design Science, a candidate must complete 48 credit points in a single stream, as specified in the tables of requirements below.
(4)
To qualify for the award of the Master of Design Science with a single stream, a candidate must complete 72 credit points in a single stream, as specified in the tables of requirements below.
(5)
To qualify for the award of the Master of Design Science with two streams, a candidate must complete 96 credit points in two streams, as specified in the table of requirements below, and:
(a)
nominate which of the two streams is primary, and meet the core and optional requirements for that stream;
(b)
nominate which of the streams is secondary, and meet the core requirements for that stream;
(c)
a unit that is common to the requirements of both streams may count towards the requirements for both streams, but may only count once in the total credit points for the degree.
(6)
Tables of Requirements:

Audio and Acoustics

Minimum Core CP

Minimum

Optional CP

Maximum Elective CP

Graduate Certificate

18

6

0

Graduate Diploma

24

18

6

Masters

24

18

30

Building

Minimum Core CP

Minimum Optional CP

Maximum Elective CP

Graduate Certificate

24

0

0

Graduate Diploma

30

0

18

Masters

36

0

36

Building Services

Minimum Core CP

Minimum Optional CP

Maximum Elective CP

Graduate Certificate

18

6

0

Graduate Diploma

24

12

12

Masters*

36

12

24


*Master's candidates must complete DESC9111 Energy Management in Buildings in their final semester.

Facilities Management

Minimum Core CP

Minimum Optional CP

Maximum Elective CP

Masters (Secondary stream only)

36

0

0

Illumination Design

Minimum Core CP

Minimum Optional CP

Maximum Elective CP

Graduate Certificate

24

0

0

Graduate Diploma

36

6

6

Masters

36

18

18

Sustainable Design

Minimum Core CP

Minimum Optional CP

Maximum Elective CP

Graduate Certificate

18

6

0

Graduate Diploma

24

12

12

Masters

24

18

30

(7)
Core units completed in excess of the minimum requirements may count as optional or elective units of study.
(8)
Optional units completed in excess of the minimum requirements may count as elective units of study.

8 Course transfer

A candidate for the master's degree or graduate diploma may elect to discontinue study and graduate with a shorter award from this embedded sequence, with the approval of the Dean, and provided the requirements of the shorter award have been met.

9 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2011 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2011 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.