UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCT2030 Materials and Small Constructions

Credit 6 points
  Offering
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Architecture major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science students
  • Level 2 elective
Content Through studies of the relationship between technology and design, this unit presents various construction systems and building materials with an emphasis on sustainability. By using a methodological analysis based on analytical drawings/diagrams, the unit teaches the act of drawing by hand as a way of thinking rather than just 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 sustainable materials and related 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 This comprises a series of case studies based on steel, concrete, timber and masonry construction.

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: ARCT1030 Structures and Natural Systems and IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/ARCT2030/SEM-1/2017

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