Built Environment 1

    Unit code: NBD2100 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    NBD1101 - Building Design Documentation
    NBD1100 - Built Environment Communication and Skills
    NBC1112 - Building Science
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This project-based 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. In this commercial design project, you will conduct a site survey, site analysis, conceptual plan, architectural drawings and working drawings with construction details. Students will use 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. Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment and integration into design and construction will be conducted at the end of the design project.

    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 and integrate concepts of environmental perception, environmental psychology in design;
    2. Evaluate circulation patterns within proposed spatial designs including disabled access and emergency egress;
    3. Produce site analysis, conceptual design, final architectural drawings and construction detail; and
    4. Effectively articulate with a range of skilled professionals, including architects, builders and engineers and effectively contribute to group outcomes while maintaining accountability for own learning and work.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 25%
    Two (2) Team Case Studies and Presentation
    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: 25%
    One (1) Team Portfolio and Presentation
    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: 40%
    One (1) Individual Portfolio.
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 10%
    One (1) Individual Presentation

    Required reading

    A very comprehensive set of notes will be available for most topics. These notes will contain further references and reading material.

    As part of a course

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