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BDES1023: Architectural Technologies 1 (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: BDES1023: Architectural Technologies 1 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Ryan, Daniel
Mr Ryan, Daniel
Mr Ryan, Daniel
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Co-Requisites: BDES1012, BDES1020
Prohibitions: DESA1102.
Brief Handbook Description: 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.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Mr Muir, Michael
Mr Ryan, Daniel
Tutor/s: Adriano Pupilli, Anna Harris, Ben Slee, Christhina Candido, Daniel Ryan, David Burdon, James Pedersen, Kah-Fai Lee, Mano Ponnambalam, Matt Markham-Lee
Timetable: BDES1023 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 1.50 1 13
2 Studio 3.00 1 9
3 Other 2.00 1 1
4 Independent Study 9.00 13
T&L Activities: Lectures: Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week.

Practical Work:

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Students will learn about construction and technical systems for a small scale building. Technical skills and knowledge (Level 1)
Students will develop documentation skills for technical drawings and models. Documentation, techniques of representation and communication
Introduction and exploration of environmental design. Professionalism: Social and environmental ethics

For explanation of attributes and levels see Architecture Contextualized Graduate Attributes. .

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Technical skills and knowledge (Level 1)
1. An understanding of the use of systems of evaluation using manual and/or electronic means for the assessment of the performance of built environments (eg thermal, energy, structural, lighting etc).
2. An understanding of the processes of technical design and the integration of structural, environmental, constructional technologies and services systems into a functionally effective whole
3. An understanding of basic principles and best practice in relation to building materials and assembly, structures, construction, environmental practices, and service systems
4. Ability to exercise problem definition and formulate strategies for action in relation to preliminary issues of structure, environment and construction
Documentation, techniques of representation and communication
5. Ability to utilise divergence, speculation, iteration and reflection in the elucidation of issues through written, reports, and verbal, graphic and visual presentations
6. Ability to understand, prepare and produce basic technical documentation and communicate information clearly and concisely
Professionalism: Social and environmental ethics
7. An understanding of some principles and applications of environmental design.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment Yes 60.00 Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Assignments (60%), Exam (40%)
Assessment Feedback: Students are presented with weekly verbal feedback, and at the conclusion of the semester are provided with detailed written feedback
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: www.arch.usyd.edu.au/CS/forms.shtml
Online Course Content: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Environmental basic concepts, principles and their applications , through case studies and studio tutorials
Lecture: Introduction to the technical aspects of design from environmental, structural and construction perspectives
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Environmental basic concepts, principles and their applications , through case studies and studio tutorials
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Structural basic concepts, principles and their applications through case studies and studio tutorials
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Structural basic concepts, principles and their applications through case studies and studio tutorials
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Construction basic concepts, principles and their applications through case studies and studio tutorials
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Construction basic concepts, principles and their applications through case studies and studio tutorials
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: Construction basic concepts, principles and their applications through case studies and studio tutorials
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: Environmental basic concepts, principles and their applications , through case studies and studio tutorials
Week 9 Lecture: Structural basic concepts, principles and their applications through case studies and studio tutorials
Tutorial: Construction, environmental and structural basic concepts, principles and their applications through case studies and studio tutorials
Week 10 Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 11 Lecture: Structural basic concepts, principles and their applications through case studies
Other: Feedback on Assignment
Week 12 Lecture: Environmental basic concepts, principles and their applications through case studies
Week 13 Lecture: Construction basic concepts, principles and their applications through case studies
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Bachelor of Design in Architecture 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Bachelor of Design in Architecture/Bachelor of Laws 2013
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Technical skills and knowledge (Level 1) Yes 65%
Documentation, techniques of representation and communication Yes 32%
Professionalism: Social and environmental ethics Yes 3%

These goals are selected from Architecture Contextualized Graduate Attributes. which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Architecture Contextualized Graduate Attributes. for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.