ARCT2030 Materials and Small Constructions

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
Through studies of the relationship between technology and design, this unit presents various construction systems and building materials. By using a methodological analysis based on analytical drawings/diagrams, the unit teaches the act of drawing by hand as a way of thinking as well as a mode of representation. The analytical drawings aim to reveal the underlying patterns of organisation that exist within buildings (e.g. structure, services, envelope) in order to highlight the relationship between architectural design and construction systems. Through highly selective drawings and written analysis, students break down and clarify the different constructional, services and cladding systems which define a building.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) analyse building constructional systems, components and construction sequences; (2) identify and examine a range of materials and technologies; (3) demonstrate a developing understanding of structural characteristics and limitations of building materials, and thus be able to critically apply general structural and servicing principles to specific architectural case studies; and (4) demonstrate developing skills in graphical and written analysis of building assemblies.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) A4 Booklet (2/4): steel and concrete construction case study and (2) A4 Booklet (4/4): Masonry and Timber case studies (steel and concrete have to be added from the previous submission in order to submit a complete booklet). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Emiliano Roia
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
ARLA1030 Structures and Natural Systems (formerly ARCT1030 Structures and Natural Systems)
and
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation).
Contact hours
lectures and tutorials: 34 hours for 10 weeks
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