Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


Sustainable principles are no longer disputed knowledge for construction industry leaders and professionals; they are a core part of current building practice. This unit emphasises critical regard for the implementation of preferred or standard but also cutting edge sustainable strategies in specialised projects at a global level to develop research-based practice. Students obtain knowledge of BIM model's database to inquire after material and quantity attributes and values for real­-time energy analyses and prototyping. Consolidating knowledge of site analysis and precedent studies, students apply understanding to drive iterative, exploratory and integrated processes throughout the project's lifecycle.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) apply technical and analytical skills to test a building for its thermal and passive solar performance; (2) manage and apply input and output data for energy and comfort optimization in order to refine design solutions; (3) identify tools for early design simulation of visual, acoustic, and thermal comfort; and (4) demonstrate theoretical knowledge underpinning sustainability principles and strategies..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) digitally-based drawing set and 3D model and (2) energy design report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nicholas Kletnieks
Unit rules
Students must be enrolled in 25560 Master of Building Information Modelling (Online) (coursework)
or 25540 Master of Building Information Modelling (coursework)
or 25520 Master of Architecture
or Graduate Diploma in Building Information Modelling (Online) (25360)
Enrolment in
Or Unit(s) BLDG5000 BIM Authors
Enrolment in
Or Unit(s) BLDG5001 BIM Authors Online
BLDG5300 BIM Sustainability (ID 5285)
Contact hours
3 hours per week.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.