ARC3101 - Technologies and environments 3 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Architecture


Mr Sean McMahon

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit explores environmental systems as they relate to architectural design and construction. This includes study of environmental design principles and the implications of these in relation to architectural design and construction processes and outcomes. Analysis of environmental systems will be conducted with a focus on the relationship to design intent. A range of environmental behaviors will be addressed in response to performance optimisation. Integral to the subject matter is the engagement with strategies for environmental sustainability in relation to architectural design and construction. Projects will be introduced to promote dialogue between this unit and Architecture Design Studio 6 project processes and outcomes.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of environmental design principles as they apply to architectural design and construction,
  2. Understand issues of material properties and construction processes in relation to environmental system design,
  3. Have developed a competent understanding of issues of environmental sustainability in relation to architectural design,
  4. Understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study.


This is a semester-long project unit.

100% mixed mode

Workload requirements

12 hours, including 3 hours of lectures and tutorials and 9 hours of independent study

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Chief examiner(s)