This unit will introduce you to a range of key concepts in physical and social sustainability principles; Environmental Perception, Environmental Psychology and Environment Behaviour, that you can apply within buildings and communities through a design-based project. The unit uses precedent studies to generate diversity in students' design approach to architecture. Spatial design and designing for effective circulation, disabled access and emergency egress is also covered.

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NBD1101 - Building Design Documentation

NBD1100 - Built Environment Communication and Skills

NBC1112 - Building Science

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Propose methods for improving the physical and social sustainability of the built environment using information, technology, logic and ethical decision making;  
  2. Integrate concepts of environmental perception, environmental psychology and Environment Behaviour Studies (EBS) in design;  
  3. Evaluate circulation patterns within proposed spatial designs including disabled access and emergency egress;  
  4. Effectively articulate with a range of skilled professionals, including architects, builders and engineers;  
  5. Develop responsibility to effectively contribute to group outcomes while maintaining accountability for own learning and work.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study One (1) Team Case Study and Presentation 25%
Portfolio One (1) Team Portfolio and Presentation 25%
Portfolio One (1) Individual Portfolio, Poster and Physical Model 40%
Presentation One (1) Individual Presentation 10%

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