Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Table A: Units of study in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Bachelor of Design in Architecture – Core units of study

Candidates are required to complete all of the following core units:

Junior units of study

BDES1011 Architectural History/Theory 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ross Anderson Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week. Corequisites: BDES1010, BDES1024 Prohibitions: DESA1102 Assumed knowledge: HSC Mathematics and HSC English Standard or equivalent Assessment: Participation and Written Reviews (50%), Research Reports (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Architectural History/Theory 1 introduces students to the discourse of architectural history and theory. It commences with a concise chronological survey of key periods of architectural history from antiquity to the mid-nineteenth century, providing an overview of the scope of the field and establishing initial points of reference. It then changes focus to investigate more closely the ways in which particular architectural themes and ideas traverse across history, coming to the fore in certain periods and receding in others. Students will interrogate these themes in small groups through intense study of a single significant building, which they will research, document and illustrate in a written report, and re-construct in a suite of finely crafted scale models. They will be introduced to fundamental principles and skills of scholarly research, including locating and evaluating sources, and constructing arguments.
BDES1023 Architectural Technologies 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sean Anderson Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week. Corequisites: BDES1012, BDES1020 Prohibitions: DESA1102 Assessment: Assignments (60%), Exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Architectural Technologies 1 introduces students to the roles that environmental considerations, structures and construction play in architecture. The fundamental concepts underpinning each of these key areas are presented and students demonstrate their developing knowledge of them via project-based assignments. These progressively complex tasks initiate students to the knowledge required to successfully analyse and synthesise construction and technical systems in basic buildings.
BDES1026 Architecture Studio 1A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sean Anderson; Dr Chris Fox Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures; Lab and Studio contact plus self-directed preparation and assignments. Minimum student commitment of 18 hours per week. Corequisites: Corequisites: BDES1011 Prohibitions: DESA1001, BDES1010, BDES1024 Assessment: Assessment 1 Form, Structure, Movement (35%); Assessment 2 Prototypes (40%); Assessment 3 Research Journal + Written Analysis/Proposal (10%); Assessment 4 Portfolio of Curated Works (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course aims at providing students with the conceptual and technical skills required to creatively explore dynamic transactions between art and architecture. Throughout the semester, students will extend their ability to work with complex ideas while drawing on interdisciplinary practices related to the body, time, movement, structure and form. This course provides a space for architecture students to establish parameters and territories for exploration beyond the concerns of conventional architectural projects. From generative form making to performative action, the crossover between art and architecture has always been present within architectural design. This unit looks at developing conceptual and practical disciplines through experimentation with materials. Essential design sensitivities and skills will be developed through different modes of working including lectures, tutorials, presentations and writing as well as the physical engagement with new materials and building processes.
BDES1027 Architecture Studio 1B

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sean Anderson Session: Semester 2 Prerequisites: BDES1026 or BDES1010 or DESA1001 Corequisites: Corequisites: BDES1023 Prohibitions: BDES1020, DESA1002, BDES1012 Assessment: Assessment 1 Introductory Design Exercise (20%); Assessment 2 Spatial Analysis and Model (30%); Assessment 3 Final Design Project (40%); Assessment 4 Portfolio of Curated Works (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This studio capitalises on the skills and processes gained in the first semester studio to engage with increasingly complex programmatic and contextual issues within the built environment. Fundamental modes of representation in a variety of media will be deployed as a means to comprehend and articulate architecture from multiple integrated perspectives. Designing a small building will be the final project yet based on a series of introductory exercises that will engage with concepts of iteration in a range of scales and media. Students will continue to learn new software and other related techniques while also developing their familiarity with the technical skills necessary to realise a final design presentation including various media. The design projects will explore the necessity of experimentation as a means to communicate fundamental ideas about space, structure and form.

Senior units of study

BDES2013 Architectural Technologies 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Michael Muir Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week. Prerequisites: BDES1023 Prohibitions: DESA2111 Assessment: Assignments (60%), Exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Architectural Technologies 2 explores the roles that environmental considerations, structures and construction play in moderately complex medium-scale buildings. Emphasis is placed on developing in students an active awareness of the impact that technical and constructional decisions have on architectural Architectural Technologies 2 explores the role that environmental, structural and constructional considerations play in moderately complex small-scale buildings. Attention is paid to the impact that choices of materials, detailing, structural systems and energy systems, whether passive or active, have on architectural design. Through project-based learning, students develop an active awareness of the important role that appropriate technical and constructional decisions, including architectural details, play in terms of fulfilling conceptual ambitions in tangible works of architecture. Students develop and demonstrate their developing appreciation of these issues via case study analysis, a group project, individual technical drawings and a final examination. Students develop and demonstrate their awareness of these issues via the analysis of case studies, a large project-based assignment, and a final exam.
BDES2024 Art Workshop 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Chris Fox Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture and studio contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week. Prerequisites: BDES1024 Corequisites: BDES2020, BDES2021 Assessment: Studio Work (60%), Research Journal and Gallery Review (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Drawing upon skills and knowledge learnt in Art Workshop 1, students will extend their ability to work with complex ideas while drawing on interdisciplinary practices. A diverse range of studios will host the productions and critical discussions of the work in conjunction with a series of lectures and independent research to be attained outside the workshops. By treating art as a field of open-ended experimentation, with direct consequences for architecture, this course encourages architecture students to undertake a self-directed and research based approach that widens their own practice through working across the multiple streams of information specific to contemporary art.
BDES2026 Architecture Studio 2A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sean Anderson Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures; Lab and Studio contact plus self-directed preparation and assignments. Minimum student commitment of 18 hours per week. Prerequisites: BDES1027 or BDES1020 or DESA1002 Corequisites: Corequisites: BDES2013 Prohibitions: BDES2010, DESA2001, BDES2012 Assessment: Assessment 1 Visualisation + Rhino Test (20%); Assessment 2 Spatial Applications (30%); Assessment 3 (40%); Assessment 4 Portfolio of Curated Works (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Architecture Studio 2A requires the design of a small scale building or space in an urban context. The design process that is fostered explores the creative tension between intuition and prescription, using accumulative techniques that are intended to elicit unexpected solutions. The exploration of various design techniques of digital drawing, modelling and making are promoted, and combined with the effort in sourcing materials and support, using a combination of multiple tools and machinery in the Faculty's Media Labs including digital fabrication. Students are required to sensitively and imaginatively negotiate between the internal logic of the design approach and urban strategies while considering the representation and visualisation of their process. They become increasingly attentive to the complexities of architectural design, from the interpretation of programmatic requirements in respect to the opportunities and limitations of particular site conditions to the spatial implications of design decisions.
BDES2027 Architecture Studio 2B

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Ferng / Dr Sean Anderson Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures; Lab; Studio contact plus self-directed preparation and assignments. Minimum student commitment 18 hours per week. Prerequisites: BDES2026 or BDES2010 or DESA2001 Corequisites: Corequisites: BDES2024 Prohibitions: BDES2020, DESA2002, BDES2021 Assessment: Assessment 1 Urban Mapping Exercise (15%); Assessment 2 Exhibition Design (15%); Assessment 3 Design Project (40%); Assessment 4 Portfolio of Curated Works (10%); Assessment 5 Analytical Essay, Research and Presentation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Architecture Studio 2B requires the design of a moderately complex building in an urban context while exploring the historical and theoretical implications of site. Students develop an increased awareness of the broader social, cultural and environmental consequences of architectural decisions. The studio-history combination affords a unique opportunity to critically examine theories of space and the city in conjunction with diverse approaches to the making of modern architecture. Lectures will concentrate on an interdisciplinary approach to understanding architecture and urbanism from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Participatory and collaborative work processes are promoted while students will be required to sensitively and imaginatively negotiate their own approach to designing in the contemporary urban context. Consequently, students will become increasingly attentive to the complexities of architectural design. From integrating historical and theoretical precedent to the application of programmatic requirements as a means of recognising the limits and opportunities of given site conditions, the studio and lectures aim to enhance students' capabilities to reflect on social and political values in design whilst developing an architectural language that reflects a close understanding of spatial relationships embedded in the dialectics of society and power.
BDES3011 Architectural History/Theory 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Chris L. Smith Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week. Prerequisites: BDES2021 or DESA2111 Corequisites: BDES3010, BDES3023 Prohibitions: DAAP3001 Assessment: Opinion Editorial (10%), Lexicon Entry (10%), Quotation for an Installation (15%), Abstract and Bibliography (10%), Research Paper (50%), Tutorial Participation (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Architectural History/Theory 3 surveys contemporary architectural debates through historical precedents, central texts, and present-day criticism on aesthetic design, cultural influences, mass media, and political events. Architectural discourse can be understood as a wide array of interlocking 'regimes of thought', each of which has its own multiple histories, transformations and unique effects. Students will become generally conversant in the principles of these central theories, and will understand some of their terms and references. Contemporary issues will not be taken at face value but interrogated through theoretical principles raised by the assigned readings. Paying close attention to the exchange between thought and action, students will explore the relevance of the discussed theories to the formation of current circumstances, and to the place of architecture within contemporary culture as a whole. Students take responsibility for their own learning, engaging in continuous reflection and developing skills in oral, written, and visual forms of communication to critique, create and articulate knowledge. They will be introduced to fundamental principles and skills of scholarly research, including locating and evaluating sources, and constructing arguments.
BDES3026 Architecture Studio 3A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ross Anderson / Dr Francesco Fiorito Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures; Studio contact plus self-directed preparation and assignments. Minimum student commitment of 18 hours per week. Prerequisites: BDES2027 or BDES2020 or DESA2002 Corequisites: Corequisites: BDES3011 Assessment: Assessment 1 Interim Presentation + Report (20%); Assessment 2 Final Presentation (30%); Assessment 3 Portfolio + Final Report (30%); Assessment 4 Final Exam (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Architecture Studio 3A is oriented towards the technical dimensions of architecture, whilst remaining attentive to the deeper cultural and historical context in which such technical knowledge, particularly in regards to structures and sustainability, has arisen and is currently situated. It imparts knowledge and skills that will stimulate compelling architectural projects that are conceptually rigorous, structurally innovating and technically adept. Structural knowledge is developed through a suite of lectures and accompanying practical exercises, and is assessed through technical reports and a final examination. Students simultaneously develop an architectural project in response to a brief in which structural concerns necessarily come to the fore, such as for a habitable bridge. They are required to integrate multiple criteria, including thematic, conceptual, programmatic and technical concerns into a persuasive architectural proposition.
BDES3027 Architecture Studio 3B

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sean Anderson Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures; Lab; Studio contact plus self-directed preparation and assignments - min. student commitment of 18 hours per week. Prerequisites: BDES3026 or BDES3010 or DESA3001 Prohibitions: BDES3020, DESA3002, BDES3012 Assessment: Assessment 1 Introductory Design Exercise (30%); Assessment 2 Final Design Project (60%); Assessment 3 Portfolio of Curated Works (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
As the culminating design studio for the degree, students are presented with the opportunity to express and represent their own theoretical positioning through the design of a sufficiently complex building. Working with a great deal of autonomy, students will be asked to rigorously demonstrate the technical and representational capacities that have developed across their work in the degree. The studio consolidates the students' abilities in communicating and translating architecture using advanced techniques of graphic visualisation through 3D modelling software and digital fabrication techniques. Students are encouraged to develop hybrid techniques for moving between digital and actual realms while also strengthening their own theoretical position about the contemporary built and unbuilt environments. The aim is to produce conceptually challenging, integrated and compelling pre-professional architectural design projects that confront a variety of spatial contexts.

Recommended electives

Students are strongly advised to undertake the following elective units of study:
AWSS1001 Architectural Sketching and Drawing

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Workshop 3 hrs/wk Prohibitions: DESA1601, DESA1602 Assessment: Portfolio of works (60%); process journal (40%) Practical field work: Studio practice NB: Students may incur costs for materials in some units. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students may incur costs for materials in some Art Workshops units.
This unit aims to provide the student with the knowledge, skills and aptitude required to use a range of fundamental architectural sketching and drawing skills based on observation of the physical world, in particular the built world. Students will be encouraged to develop a commitment to the practice of drawing as a fundamental design skill through 13 studio classes coupled with independent study. The workshop places an emphasis on keen observation, experimental use of materials and engagement with historical frameworks used in design practice in design and architecture. Exposure in studio to the sensitivities offered by different drawing materials and techniques will give students the competency to more confidently use drawing as a communication device. Skills in perspective drawing are introduced and drawing is used to document the visible world and define structure and detail. On successful completion of this unit of study students will have demonstrated familiarity with a range of drawing media and techniques, including charcoal, graphite, pen, brush and ink, and an introduction to colour. Students will understand the importance of maintaining a sketchbook as a site to record all their visual and conceptual research, and in which to draw on a daily basis as a means to develop ideas and technical proficiency.

Master of Architecture – Prerequisite unit of study

Candidates wishing to proceed to the Master of Architecture are required to complete the following prerequisite unit. This unit may count towards the senior Faculty electives.
BDES3025 Architectural Professional Practice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Suzanah Potts Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week. Corequisites: BDES3020 Assessment: Reports (20%), Assignment (80%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Architectural Professional Practice introduces students in the final semester of their undergraduate degree to the professional practice of architecture, focusing on design development within regulatory and practice management frameworks. Students are introduced to the fundamental principles of key regulatory requirements and critically deploy their understandings by investigating local practice case studies. They further develop a capacity to apply their knowledge in a particular context through an architectural design project that they take to Development Application level using current best practice.

Faculty electives

Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 42 credit points of elective units of study, including a minimum of 12 credit points of senior elective units of study from those listed below. Candidates who have passed 96 credit points with a Credit average may request permission to enrol in graduate units from Table G, the table of graduate units of study, or Table M, the Master of Architecture, in this handbook.

Junior units of study

AWSS1001 Architectural Sketching and Drawing

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Workshop 3 hrs/wk Prohibitions: DESA1601, DESA1602 Assessment: Portfolio of works (60%); process journal (40%) Practical field work: Studio practice NB: Students may incur costs for materials in some units. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students may incur costs for materials in some Art Workshops units.
This unit aims to provide the student with the knowledge, skills and aptitude required to use a range of fundamental architectural sketching and drawing skills based on observation of the physical world, in particular the built world. Students will be encouraged to develop a commitment to the practice of drawing as a fundamental design skill through 13 studio classes coupled with independent study. The workshop places an emphasis on keen observation, experimental use of materials and engagement with historical frameworks used in design practice in design and architecture. Exposure in studio to the sensitivities offered by different drawing materials and techniques will give students the competency to more confidently use drawing as a communication device. Skills in perspective drawing are introduced and drawing is used to document the visible world and define structure and detail. On successful completion of this unit of study students will have demonstrated familiarity with a range of drawing media and techniques, including charcoal, graphite, pen, brush and ink, and an introduction to colour. Students will understand the importance of maintaining a sketchbook as a site to record all their visual and conceptual research, and in which to draw on a daily basis as a means to develop ideas and technical proficiency.
DECO1012 Design Programming

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rob Saunders Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lecture 1hr/wk, tutorial 2hrs/wk Prohibitions: SOFT1001, DECO2011 Assessment: Tutorials and participation (10%); three programming assignments (90%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Enrolment limited by teaching resources. Permission required unless enrolled in the Bachelor of Design Computing. Other students may apply directly to the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning Student Administration Centre (SAC) for a place.
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: skills in using software tools to build interactive, visual design applications through individual programming assignments; knowledge of object-oriented programming concepts through individual programming assignments; implementation techniques such as editing, using assets, and runtime environments through individual programming assignments; knowledge of the Processing programming language including: classes, methods, object creation, instance and local variables, primitive and object types, simple I/O, and control flow through individual programming assignments; knowledge of software design and development processes including analysis of requirements, design of data-structures, functions and classes, debugging, and managing software projects. This unit is a core unit in the Bachelor of Design Computing program.
DESA1004 Designing with Surfaces and Light

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Wendy Davis Session: Semester 2,Summer Main,Winter Main Classes: Online Prohibitions: DESA2612 Assessment: Assignment (40%), Assignment (60%) Mode of delivery: Online
Objects only become visible when light reflects off of them. This unit explores the ways in which light interacts with surfaces, objects, and the human visual system. Architectural design decisions regarding the lighting, as well as exterior and interior surfaces of a building, alter the perceptual experience of users and should be done thoughtfully.
This unit introduces students to the way humans perceive and experience the built environment. It covers some of the fundamental properties of light, mechanisms of human perception, and the ways that light interacts with surfaces. The application of these topics to design decisions is also discussed. Students demonstrate their understanding of the presented material and apply their knowledge to critically analyze their own environments.
DESP1001 Introductory Urban Design and Planning

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Martin Payne Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture 2 hrs/wk; tutorial 6 hrs/semester Prohibitions: DESP1201 Assessment: Assessment is based on a workbook, which will present background studies, a strategic analysis and a reasoned proposal in response to a planning and design problem, besides a review of literature. Literature review (40%); background studies (20%); strategic analysis (20%); proposal (20%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students will develop knowledge of key planning ideas, and be able appreciate the context relevant to designing the built environment. They will be able to prepare strategic analyses of basic planning situations, and to prepare design proposals with supporting arguments. On successful completion of this unit, each student will be able to demonstrate their ability: to prepare short documents, using photos, maps, drawings and other illustrations, with annotated comments and supporting text, to present site analyses; to use basic ideas (such as: vistas, viewing and over-viewing, connectivity, legibility, enclosure, uses, activities, environs, links, built form, interest, amenity networks, nodes) in reviewing design situations and preparing simple site analyses; to apply a critical and reflective approach in understanding design situations, and in preparing informative reports. This is an elective unit, which introduces the Urban Design and Planning stream in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture. Elective in other programs. It is relevant to all architectural design students; it teaches students how to prepare planning studies and basic site plans as preparatory phases of designing buildings and places.

Senior units of study

AWSS2010 Architecture & Design Ceramic Processes

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Workshop 3 hrs/wk Prohibitions: DESA2634 Assessment: Studio projects (70%); Process Journal and associated assignments (30%) Practical field work: Studio practice NB: Students may incur costs for materials in some units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit explores ceramic media and processes. Students will investigate different fabrication techniques such as slip-casting, ceramic rapid prototyping and laser cut porcelain. There will be an emphasis on ceramics as a modelling medium in design and architecture. Students will use the digital modelling & fabrication lab within the faculty to investigate possibilities for ceramic production. This exploration will be in relation to historic and contemporary architectural frameworks. Set projects will enable students to explore expression and design in an architectural form and materiality context.
AWSS2015 Generative Drawing

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Workshop 3 hrs/wk Assessment: Portfolio (60%); Process Journal (40%) Practical field work: Studio practice NB: Students may incur costs for materials in some units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This module explores a variety of drawing skills with an emphasis on materials and techniques as tools for generative and process-based work related to drawing as a fundamental medium and method in design. Drawing is approached as a system for critical analysis, research and design speculation. The focus is on the formal aspects of composition and perspective while the material nature of drawing is explored as a balance between chance and control. Students use a wide variety of mark-making methods to render line, tonal value and texture. Students are provided with the opportunity to combine observational skills with experimental techniques in order to encourage a personal vision and a commitment to the practice of drawing in design. Each technique and approach will be presented against a background of Architecture and Art history and theory.
AWSS2020 Object Design

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Workshop 3 hrs/wk Prerequisites: Completion of ATSC workshop proficiency class Prohibitions: DESA2643 Assumed knowledge: Completion of DESA1555 Safety Induction and Competency Unit Assessment: Portfolio of works and presentation (60%); process journal and associated assignments (40%) Practical field work: Studio practice NB: Students may incur costs for materials in some units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
In this unit students develop and inter-relate manufacturing and artisan skills with research, analysis and design development. It aims to develop a critical awareness of the nature of all objects which surround us, exploring cultural, contextual and symbolic aspects of object design as well as functional and aesthetic qualities. Sustainability and social issues relating to their manufacture, use and disposal are also discussed. The unit aims to increase appreciation of the materiality of objects focusing on timber as an example and introduces students to the diversity of timber species, environmental and ethical issues associated with their selection, and also emerging alternative materials. Through a series of exercises and production of their major project, students develop knowledge of construction techniques and skills in using wood/plastics tools and machinery and in so doing, build an awareness of industrial and craft practices and how they impact on the design process and outcome.
AWSS2023 Architectural Photography 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Workshop 3 hrs/wk Prohibitions: DESA2629 Assessment: Process Journal and associated assignments (40%); final project and presentation (60%) Practical field work: Studio practice NB: Students may incur costs for materials in some units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This practical unit assumes students have little or no understanding of photo image making. It aims to give students an understanding of how photography functions as a contemporary visual medium, including its connection to modernism and architecture. Students will gain knowledge of the principles and practise of camera operations, the production of high quality black and white prints in small studio style classes. This module covers the use of a 35mm DSLR camera, image composition, use of lighting, image capture and correction, and printing. Practical work includes completion of set class projects, gallery visits, class discussions and the production of a portfolio. *Students should have access to a 35mm DSLR camera.
AWSS2026 2D Print Processes in Design

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Workshop 3 hrs/wk Prohibitions: DESA2638 Assessment: Research Journal (30%); portfolio of Studio Works (70%) Practical field work: Studio practice NB: Students may incur costs for materials in some units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This studio-based unit introduces a variety of traditional and experimental techniques that will enable students to design and print a series of 2D works both within and around the context of design and Architecture. It will provide students with the knowledge and skills to design and print on paper through a range of techniques and creative exercises that can be developed into an edition or a series of experimental printed works. Students will also explore the historical roots of print and print as an element in design and architecture. Techniques covered include: photo, wax emulsion and paper stencils, ink technology, registration and print set-up for multi-coloured prints. Through studio practice, set exercises, illustrated talks, gallery visits and library research, students will develop an understanding of their creative process and ability to interpret ideas through the medium of printing and with particular focus on design and architecture applications.
AWSS2027 Architecture & Design Material Processes

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Workshop 3 hrs/wk Prohibitions: DESA2636 Assessment: Studio Projects and associated tasks (70%); Research Process Journal (30%) Practical field work: Studio practice NB: Students may incur costs for materials in some units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This studio-based unit introduces fundamental knowledge and technical skills for students to produce a series of 3D works extending their understanding and experience of material processes in design and architecture. Students will work with a broad range of traditional and experimental materials; emphasis is placed on developing students' material and spatial awareness of three-dimensional forms in a design context and investigating their conceptual meanings and applications. Students will be required to design, plan and produce a series of sculptural works, utilizing mediums and techniques explored throughout the semester. Additionally, students are required to independently research and discuss in class historical precedents and contemporary practices that inform their projects and relate them to the contextual framework of design and architecture.
DAAE2001 20th Century Australian Architecture

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Akin Sevinc Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week. Prohibitions: DESA2305 Assessment: One seminar presentation and one 3,000 word essay (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit will introduce students to a range of architectural styles and aspirations in Australia. Lectures and seminars will cover key buildings representative of their period. At the conclusion, students will be familiar with a range of styles and their characteristics. They will undertake individual self-directed research and learn how to record and present the results of this research. Students will also acquire an appreciation of the ideals and aspirations that support the architectural styles examined, and how these are related to wider social and cultural movements. On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate: a familiarity with a range of Australian buildings and styles. Site tours will examine specific buildings, and these will be recorded in a site visit log; the ability to research, record and present a specific building in Sydney; the ability to link a specific building to other works of a similar style and period. This will be assessed in the seminar presentation and in the submitted essay.
DAAE2002 Architecture, Place and Society

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Akin Sevinc Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week. Prohibitions: DESA2211 Assessment: Graphic and Written Pressentation on Research (40%); Final Research Essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to investigate the relationship between architecture, place and society and to explore the meaning of cultural and social sustainability in architectural design. The unit assumes that designers will increasingly work in places where cultures are unfamiliar at home or in a global context, and that an ability to understand, and interpret, diverse cultures, and the way design occurs in diverse locations, is an important area of knowledge for designers. A key aspect of social sustainability is the practice of social responsibility, and the unit explores how this may occur, including involving people in the design process. On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate: an ability to better understand the connections between architecture place and society, and the social, cultural, political and economic factors affecting sustainable environments; skills and knowledge in participatory processes necessary for effective communication about environmental design issues; increased critical awareness about social responsibility in relation to the practice of architecture and the design of the built environment, and an ability to exercise this awareness. This unit will provide architecture students with knowledge of the relationship between culture and architecture, as well as practical knowledge of the social aspects of design practice. It is intended that students from other disciplines will develop a critical awareness of the built environment as a form of cultural production, and the possibilities for their participation in its production.
DAAE2005 Designing with Colour

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Wendy Davis Session: Semester 1,Semester 2,Summer Early,Winter Main Classes: Online. Expected total workload is approximately 35 hours online, plus independent study and preparation. Assumed knowledge: DESA1004 Assessment: Assignment (40%), Assignment (60%) Mode of delivery: Online
All design decisions involve decisions about colour within the fields of architecture, applied design and art. This unit presents knowledge about colour theory as well as research-based information about colour and associated topics that can be used in design. Information and knowledge about colour can vary in quality and reliability, which is demonstrated. Students apply their skills and knowledge about colour theory and colour design in the assignments of this unit. This unit covers the processes of colour vision and other aspects of visual perception. It also explores colour application from the Pre-history period, as well as selected colour theories of the Renaissance period through to the 21st century. Common colour-related constructs and the application of these in art, architecture and design are discussed. In completing the assessments tasks, students must demonstrate understanding of the knowledge presented in learning modules of the unit and critically analyse and apply knowledge related to colour design and application.
DAAE2008 Innovative Building Structures

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Francesco Fiorito Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture 2 hrs/wk; tutorial 1 hr/wk Prerequisites: BDES2013 Prohibitions: DESA2206 Assessment: Group Report (40%); Physical Test (20%;);Individual Report (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The aim of this unit is to engage students in detailed studies of innovative building structures, covering the three aspects of innovation in architectural and structural design (modeling, materials and technology). The main topics covered are: Architectural Form and Structural Function; interpretation of basic (arch, beam, column, space and spatial portal) and advanced (truss, vault, dome, shell) structural principles with an intuitive graphical method (Load Path Method - LPM). Examples of significant case studies will be shown and interpreted (works by A. Gaudi, B. Fuller, F. Otto, N. Grimshaw, S. Calatrava, N. Foster, R. Piano and others); Biomimetics; bioinspired structures as a way to increase structural efficiency. Innovative structural materials: the use of glass as structural material, innovative reinforcements for composite structures, smart and nanostructured materials; Kinetic architecture: structural movement as the 4th architectural dimension. A case study assignment will be used to assess student's competence in investigating and presenting case studies and being able to identify and evaluate issues and factors contributing to innovative structural solutions.
DAAE2009 Designing Effective Visual Communication

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof William Martens Session: Semester 1,Summer Early,Winter Main Classes: Online; expected total workload is approximately 35 hours online, plus independent study and preparation Assessment: Critical Evaluation & Analysis (50%); Report (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Visual communications such as PowerPoint presentations are now a common expectation at any level of employment. But how can we make sure our visual communication presentations are effective? The aims of this unit are: (1) Awareness that the design of effective visual communications (such as PowerPoint presentations, etc) involves decisions about the elements and principles of design. (2) To present knowledge about design theory as well as research- based information about design and associated topics that can be applied to visual communications design. (3) To demonstrate how information and knowledge about the mechanics of human vision and theories of visual perception can contribute to the design of effective visual communications. (4) To have students use their skills and knowledge about the elements and principles of design as well as theories of visual perception in the assessment tasks of this unit. The information provided in this course builds on Bauhaus principles and elements of design, and examines current theories of design within the context of visual communications design. In addition, students are provided with evidence-based information about visual perception and the cognitive processing of information relevant to visual communication design. The assessments tasks provide students with the opportunity to examine and evaluate examples of visual communications, and apply their knowledge in practical exercises in which they can demonstrate their understanding of the information presented in the learning modules of the unit.
DAAE3001 Sustainable Architectural Practice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Michael Muir Session: Semester 1,Semester 1 Classes: Lectures 2 hrs/wk lectures, tutorial/lab 1 hr/wk for weeks 1 to 12 Prerequisites: DESA2111 or BDES1023 or DESA1102 Prohibitions: DESA2207, DESA2202, DESA2201 Assessment: Case Study (20%), Design Exercise (80%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1
The unit of study begins by exploring the concept of ecologically sustainable design as it applies to architectural practice and defines those key attributes of buildings which make them sustainable. The second part of the unit discusses the implication of applying sustainable design principles upon contemporary architectural practice. Potential new design paradigms are explored which could lead to more sustainable design practice in the future. At the end of the unit of study students will be expected to: have explored the form making and space making potential of sustainable design principles by critically examining relevant contemporary architecture; demonstrate their ability to locate relevant published literature on sustainable architecture and to critically examine and discuss it in relation to the themes explored in the unit of study; demonstrate their ability to critique key recent buildings claimed by their designers to be sustainable and to evaluate these claims against established sustainable design principles; enunciate a personal position on the impact on applying sustainable design principles on future design practice. On the successful completion of this unit of study students will have demonstrated: competence at critically evaluating buildings which their designers have claimed to be sustainable through a series of case studies performed in small groups; their ability to formulate and articulate a written response to a series of propositions developed in lectures addressing the impact of sustainability issues on future architectural practice.
This unit is an Architecture Elective in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture and elective in other courses.
DECO2010 Designing Social Media

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Somwrita Sarkar Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lecture 1 hr/wk; tutorial 2 hrs/wk Prohibitions: DECO2005 Assessment: 1 x group work on sociable media (30%), 1 x individual analysis document (20%), 1 x group design project (40%), weekly tutorials (10%), attendance and participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful, please seek permission from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning Student Administration Centre (SAC). First preference to Bachelor of Design Computing students.
The aim of this unit is to understand principles and technologies relevant to the design of social media, that is, media supporting social interaction. Design principles for the representation of personal and collective identity, the history and theory of social networks, and the creation of virtual spaces for socialisation are emphasised. The unit will introduce students to methods for analysing social media and ¿big data¿ through the notions of crowdsourcing, produsage and gaming. Students will gain proficiency designing social media platforms and usage scenarios that solve a range of design challenges. Students will participate in, critically review and prototype new forms of sociable media to demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter. This is a core unit in the Bachelor of Design Computing.
DECO2101 Visual Communication

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Caitlin de Berigny Wall Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lecture 1 hr/wk; tutorial, 2 hrs/wk Prohibitions: DECO1100, DECO1015 Assessment: Three assignments (90%); attendance (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Places in this unit are limited by teaching resources. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful, please seek permission from the Student Administration Centre (SAC). Bachelor of Design in Architecture students will receive preference. Not available in the Bachelor of Design Computing.
In studying this unit, students will: develop an understanding of how to conceptualise and communicate design concepts through image and video production; be introduced to digital image representation and technology through design projects; become proficient with the elements of digital design technology including digital images, photography and video; develop skills in digital imaging software such as Photoshop, and video software such as Final Cut Pro; and develop experience with significant digital design issues relating to photography and video. On the successful completion of this unit of study, students will have demonstrated skills in sourcing, developing, designing, and creating documentary video content through a series of tutorial exercises; knowledge of how to incorporate documentary video design will be developed in tutorial exercises. This unit is not available in the Bachelor of Design Computing but may be taken as an elective in other programs.
DECO2102 Web Design and Technologies

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Martin Tomitsch Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture 1 hr/wk; tutorial 2 hrs/wk; studio 3 hrs/wk for 7 weeks Prohibitions: DECO1002, DECO2002, DECO2200, DECO1200 Assessment: Design project (90%), Participtaion (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Places in this unit are limited by teaching resources. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful, please seek permission from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning Student Administration Centre (SAC). Bachelor of Design in Architecture students will receive preference. Not available in the Bachelor of Design Computing.
This unit introduces students to modern web technologies. Students will develop technical as well as conceptual skills for designing and developing interactive web applications. The unit will introduce web-based markup languages and frameworks for various media and platforms, such as desktop computers and mobile devices with a focus on interaction design. On the successful completion of this unit of study, students will have demonstrated knowledge of scripting and markup languages for enabling dynamic content and interactive designs, e.g. HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
DECO2103 3D Modelling and Fabrication

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rob Saunders Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture 1hr/wk; tutorial 2 hrs/wk Prohibitions: DECO1008, DECO1003, DECO2001 Assessment: Tutorials: (10%); Geometric Modeling (20%); Lighting and Texture (30%); Fully Rendered Model (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Places in this unit are limited by teaching resources. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful, please seek permission from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning Student Administration Centre (SAC). Bachelor of Design in Architecture students will receive preference. Not available in the Bachelor of Design Computing. Design Computing students should enrol in DECO1008 instead.
The unit further introduces students to rapid prototyping fabrication techniques, such as 3D printing and laser cutting with the aim to understand how to prepare a digital representation for physical fabrication. On the successful completion of this unit of study, students will have: demonstrated an understanding of how physical objects are represented in 3D digital models by modelling various 3D geometric entities; demonstrated critical judgment, be capable of rigorous and independent thinking and use appropriate information technology techniques to communicate their knowledge through the production of efficient design presentations and documentation; an understanding of boundary representations, solid and parametric modelling, texture mapping, light sources, camera locations and projections, and model constraints through model development and presentation; acquire skills in using a 3D modelling system for 2D and 3D objects, in preparing digital representations for physical fabrication, and in creating photorealistic images that accurately and efficiently describe intent, structure, geometric and surface variations of 3D models. These skills will be assessed through the tutorial exercises and the submission of 3D models. This unit is core in the Bachelor of Design Computing.
DECO3003 Design Computing Research Opportunity

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Martin Tomitsch Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture 1 hr/wk and tutorial 2 hrs/wk, commencing week 2 Prerequisites: Assumed Knowledge: Computer programming. Assessment: Two progress reports (2 x 15%); final report (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Students from other programs may apply directly to the Facuty of Architecture, Design and Planning Student Administration Centre (SAC).
The aim of the Design Computing Research Opportunity is to allow a student to participate in each phase of research activity: developing a research plan in conjunction with the staff member; proposal writing; conducting research; analysing data; and presenting results in oral and written form. At the end of the unit the student will have experience in developing research proposals, conducting research and presenting their results. Design Computing Research Opportunity offers the opportunity for a Bachelor of Design Computing student to work with an academic staff member on research-based intellectual collaborations. The student works on an existing research activity of the staff member. It can be one of the most important means for students to develop an understanding of research as an intellectual endeavour and to foster mentoring research relationships with academic staff.
The research proposal, which is the first progress report, will demonstrate the student's ability to work within an existing research. The second progress report will identify the student's capacity to work on a research project within an existing research program and becomes a demonstration of the research skills being developed. The final report will take the form of a research paper and is used to develop the student's skills in presenting research results.
DECO3005 Advanced Interaction Design

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Lian Loke Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lecture 1 hr/wk, Tutorial 2hrs/wk Prerequisites: DECO2200 or DECO2102 Prohibitions: DESC9142 Assessment: Design project (90%); participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful, please seek permission from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning Student Administration Centre. First preference to Bachelor of Design Computing students.
The objectives of the unit are to extend interaction design fundamentals learned in Interaction Design Studio (DECO2200) or Interactive Multimedia Design (DECO2102), by exploring advanced interaction frameworks, concepts, design issues and challenges. Depending on the specific focus of the unit, students will learn about methodologies and technologies for advanced interface design, from the small-scale such as wearables and mobile to the large-scale such as urban screens and interventions. The major assessment is a group design project, following a user-centred design process. Design concepts will be explored and tested through a range of prototyping methods and tools. Programming tools learned in previous units, such as HTML, Javascript, and Processing, may be used for creating interactive prototypes combined with new skills required for applying technologies related to the brief. At the conclusion of the unit students should have a well-developed understanding of interaction design demonstrated through the design, prototyping and evaluation of an interactive product: and an understanding of aesthetic design and usability principles applied to interface design for the project context.
DECO3006 Principles of Animation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Rob Saunders Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture 1hr/wk, tutorial 2 hr/wk, commencing Week 2 Prohibitions: DESC9019 Assessment: Conceptual development (20%); fundamental techniques (30%); final project (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful, please seek permission from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning Student Administration Centre (SAC). First preference to Bachelor of Design Computing students.
The aims of this unit of study are to introduce the fundamental principles of the animation process, to develop an understanding of the process involved in developing character, text and motion graphics based animation, and to develop an understanding of the integration between 2D artwork and 3D composition. Students will develop an understanding of the application of animation for the production of short animated films as well as in user interface design. Students will acquire basic animation skills, transfer traditional animation principles to computer graphics, and develop the skills to create an animated sequence and the critical vocabulary to describe animation. Basic knowledge will be related to foundational technical skills in industry standard software for animation and aims to serve as an introduction to further animation learning. At the conclusion of this unit a student should have the ability to perform various animated techniques to be incorporated into a variety of platforms.
DESA3441 Design Architecture Independent Study A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sean Anderson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Weekly meetings by arrangement. Prerequisites: 48 credit points and WAM of at least 70. Assessment: Report or equivalent (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Departmental Permission will be required to enrol in this unit.
This unit provides an opportunity to high achieving students to develop an interest in a specific Design Architecture topic; to develop skills in independent study; and to develop advanced report writing skills. This elective is undertaken with an agreement between the student and a supervisor on an agreed topic related to Design Architecture. The student will meet with the supervisor weekly to discuss progress. The outcome should be a reflective report on a selected topic demonstrating mastery of the topic.
DESA3442 Design Architecture Independent Study B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sean Anderson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Weekly meetings by arrangement. Prerequisites: 48 credit points and WAM of at least 70. Assessment: Report or equivalent (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Departmental Permission will be required to enrol in this unit.
This unit provides an opportunity to high achieving students to develop an interest in a specific Design Architecture topic; to develop skills in independent study; and to develop advanced report writing skills.
This elective is undertaken with an agreement between the student and a supervisor on an agreed topic related to Design Architecture. The student will meet with the supervisor weekly to discuss progress.
The outcome should be a reflective report on a selected topic demonstrating mastery of the topic.
DESA3443 Design Architecture Independent Study C

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sean Anderson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Weekly meetings by arrangement. Prerequisites: 48 credit points and WAM of at least 70. Assessment: Report or equivalent (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Departmental Permission will be required to enrol in this unit.
This unit provides an opportunity to high achieving students to develop an interest in a specific Design Architecture topic; to develop skills in independent study; and to develop advanced report writing skills.
This elective is undertaken with an agreement between the student and a supervisor on an agreed topic related to Design Architecture. The student will meet with the supervisor weekly to discuss progress.
The outcome should be a reflective report on a selected topic demonstrating mastery of the topic.
DESA3444 Design Architecture Independent Study D

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sean Anderson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Weekly meetings by arrangement. Prerequisites: 48 credit points and WAM of at least 70. Assessment: Report or equivalent (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Departmental Permission will be required to enrol in this unit.
This unit provides an opportunity to high achieving students to develop an interest in a specific Design Architecture topic; to develop skills in independent study; and to develop advanced report writing skills.
This elective is undertaken with an agreement between the student and a supervisor on an agreed topic related to Design Architecture. The student will meet with the supervisor weekly to discuss progress.
The outcome should be a reflective report on a selected topic demonstrating mastery of the topic.
DESA3552 Design Architecture General Elective B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sean Anderson Session: Intensive January,Intensive June,Intensive November,Semester 1,Semester 1a,Semester 1b,Semester 2,Semester 2a,Semester 2b Prerequisites: 48 credit points. Assessment: Assignments as determined by Unit Coordinator (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Departmental Permission will be required to enrol in this unit.
This elective allows a group of students to pursue a topic proposed by a member of academic staff in a formal learning environment.
This unit of study is available to a minimum of 10 students to engage in a topic related to Design Architecture that is organised by a member of academic staff. This allows a member of staff to teach a topic of special interest or for a visiting academic to teach a subject related to their specialty. Students will participate in lectures, tutorials, or other activities as needed to pursue the elective topic. The topic for this elective is proposed by a member of academic staff and approved by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate).
Students will develop an understanding of a special topic through reports, projects, and tutorial exercises.
DESA3553 Design Architecture General Elective C

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sean Anderson Session: Intensive June,Intensive November,Semester 1,Semester 1a,Semester 1b,Semester 2,Semester 2a,Semester 2b Prerequisites: 48 credit points. Assessment: Assignments as determined by Unit Coordinator (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Departmental Permission will be required to enrol in this unit.
This elective allows a group of students to pursue a topic proposed by a member of academic staff in a formal learning environment.This unit of study is available to a minimum of 10 students to engage in a topic related to Design Architecture that is organised by a member of academic staff. This allows a member of staff to teach a topic of special interest or for a visiting academic to teach a subject related to their specialty. Students will participate in lectures, tutorials, or other activities as needed to pursue the elective topic. The topic for this elective is proposed by a member of academic staff and approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Students will develop an understanding of a special topic through reports, projects, and tutorial exercises.
DESA3554 Design Architecture General Elective D

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sean Anderson Session: Intensive January,Intensive June,Semester 1,Semester 1a,Semester 1b,Semester 2,Semester 2a,Semester 2b Prerequisites: 48 credit points. Assessment: Assignments as determined by Unit Coordinator (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Departmental Permission will be required to enrol in this unit.
This elective allows a group of students to pursue a topic proposed by a member of academic staff in a formal learning environment. This unit of study is available to a minimum of 10 students to engage in a topic related to Design Architecture that is organised by a member of academic staff. This allows a member of staff to teach a topic of special interest or for a visiting academic to teach a subject related to their specialty. Students will participate in lectures, tutorials, or other activities as needed to pursue the elective topic. The topic for this elective is proposed by a member of academic staff and approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Students will develop an understanding of a special topic through reports, projects, and tutorial exercises.
DESP2001 Planning for the Public Domain

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Martin Payne Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures 2 hrs/wk Prohibitions: DESP2201, DESP2203 Assessment: workbook presenting studies, reviewing materials, envisaging work to be done, demonstrating critical thinking, and presenting proposals (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students will be able to: undertake background studies to inform designing for various elements of the public domain (streets and roads, open space and public places, car parking, pedestrian networks and centres); formulate and respond to complex planning problems; prepare and present simple proposals; use basic terms, concepts and methods in practical urban design and planning situations. On successful completion of this unit, each student will be able to demonstrate their ability to: to prepare short documents, using photos, maps, drawings and other illustrations, with annotated comments and supporting text, to present planning studies and proposals; to use basic ideas (such as: vistas, viewing and over-viewing, connectivity, legibility, enclosure, uses, activities, environs, links, built form, interest, amenity networks, nodes) in reviewing design situations and preparing site analyses and proposals; to apply a critical and reflective approach in understanding planning and design situations, and in preparing informative documents which move from planning studies to proposals with supporting arguments; to be able to prepare proposals for built form outcomes and related planning instruments, with supporting studies and arguments.
DESP2002 Planning for the Built Environment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Martin Payne Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures 2 hrs/wk Prohibitions: DESP2202, DESP2204 Assessment: Assessment and presentation (20%); final presentation (20%); workbook (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students will be able to: undertake background studies to inform designing for various elements of the public domain (streets and roads, open space and public places, car parking, pedestrian networks and centres); formulate and respond to complex planning problems; prepare and present simple proposals; use basic terms, concepts and methods in practical urban design and planning situations. On satisfactory completion of this unit each student will demonstrate capability: to prepare short documents, using photos, maps, drawings and other illustrations, with annotated comments and supporting text, to present planning studies and proposals; to use basic ideas (such as: vistas, viewing and over-viewing, connectivity, legibility, enclosure, uses, activities, environs, links, built form, interest, amenity networks, nodes) in reviewing design situations and preparing site analyses and proposals; to apply a critical and reflective approach in understanding planning and design situations, and in preparing informative documents which move from planning studies to proposals with supporting arguments; to be able to prepare proposals for built form outcomes and related planning instruments, with supporting studies and arguments.
MARC6204 Graduate Exhibition

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Michael Tawa Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture 1 hr/wk; Studio 5 hrs/wk Assessment: Preliminary exhibition design (individual) (15%); Logbook/Journal & performance assessment against criteria stated in the Student Role Statement (individual) (55%); Exhibition and Yearbook (group) (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study enables students to engage in a collaborative project to research, design and produce a high-profile public exhibition and accompanying yearbook of 2012 graduating work from the BDESARC and MARC programs. The project will exercise and extend design skills and knowledge required to produce a plausible concept for the exhibition and yearbook and to implement the necessary logistical, technical and practical means to realize it. The project integrates multiple activities which exercise different skill sets including research and precedent studies of exhibition, curation and potential venues; developing a critical, plausible and achievable concept for the event; fundraising; budgeting and financial management; marketing and communication; exhibition design; graphic design; construction and installation of the exhibition; production of the yearbook; consultation and engagement with staff and students and event management and implementation. Students will extend their research, design and implementation skills through a real project with a concrete outcome to real-time deadlines and resource limitations.