DESST 3514 - Construction III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

In this course students will study the construction of architecture, landscapes and urban environments. The course will build on the topics introduced in Construction II: history and theory; representation and documentation; materials and detailing; structure and fabric; structural principles; plants; grading and drainage; and digital documentation. The topics of: building codes, regulations, standards, specifications, building procurement and contracts; and parametric modelling will be introduced in this course. Revit and Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be introduced. The course aims to develop advanced knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of: the relationship between construction and design; the representation of construction in a historical and theoretical context; construction materials and detailing; and the relationship between structure and fabric; planting, irrigation and grading; structural principles and digital construction documentation. Students will have foundational knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of: the use and impact on construction and design of building codes, regulations, and standards; the writing of specifications, methods of procurement and contracts; and construction documentation using parametric modelling software.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DESST 3514
    Course Construction III
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge DESST 2518
    Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes students only
    Quota A quota will apply
    Course Description In this course students will study the construction of architecture, landscapes and urban environments. The course will build on the topics introduced in Construction II: history and theory; representation and documentation; materials and detailing; structure and fabric; structural principles; plants; grading and drainage; and digital documentation. The topics of: building codes, regulations, standards, specifications, building procurement and contracts; and parametric modelling will be introduced in this course. Revit and Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be introduced.

    The course aims to develop advanced knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of: the relationship between construction and design; the representation of construction in a historical and theoretical context; construction materials and detailing; and the relationship between structure and fabric; planting, irrigation and grading; structural principles and digital construction documentation. Students will have foundational knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of: the use and impact on construction and design of building codes, regulations, and standards; the writing of specifications, methods of procurement and contracts; and construction documentation using parametric modelling software.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Stewart Caldwell

    Refer to the Course Handout Booklet on MyUni for more information
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Refer to the Course Handout Booklet on MyUni for more information
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Students should gain knowledge of the following concepts:
    1. Have an increased knowledge of how materiality affects building design
    2. Gain knowledge of how digital tools can inform the design process
    3. Gain knowledge of how BIM affects project workflow
    Students should gain skills in the following areas:
    4. Gain skills in the rationalisation of design scheme to accommodate building structure and services while maintaining design integrity
    5. Have an understanding of how to use REVIT
    6. Understand how to integrate digital tools with other design inputs (like sketch drawings)
    7. Gain skills which allow students to work in teams and with other consultants
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,4,6,7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,4,6,7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3,6,7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2,3,5,6,7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,4,2
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,3,6,7
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    The following texts are suggested reading for this subject:

    • 'Detailing for water: why do buildings leak?' (Rico J Bonaldi. Pub Bonaldi Australia. www.bonaldi.com.au)
      (a portion of this text will be made available on MyUni)
    • Concrete Basics (this will be made available on MyUni)
    • 'Barrys Advanced Construction of Buildings' (Stephen Emmitt, Christopher A Gorse)
    • 'On Weathering' (Mohsen Mostafavi, David Leatherbarrow)
    • 'Building Your Own Home' (George Wilkie)

    Other locations for resources will be distributed during lectures

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will be taught with a combination of Lab based workshops, lectures and some student presentations. A brief description is as follows:

    LECTURES AND SEMINARS: Lectures and seminars will be a combination of directed sessions, guest speakers and student participation.

    WORKSHOPS: All workshops are REVIT based sessions. The first group of workshops will be dedicated to training in the use of REVIT. The second set of workshops will be dedicated to students developing assessment work.

    TUTORIALS: Those tutorials not dedicated to student presentations and assessments will have a theme. These will be the basis of a short presentation and discussion. The remainder of tutorial time will be dedicated to reviewing students ongoing draft assessment work. Bring printouts along.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    While there is some opportunity for students to develop assessment work during tutorials and workshops it is expected that a majority of student work is completed outside of contact hours. Students will be required to spend time increasing their skills in the use of REVIT and other digital tools including SketchUp and possibly NAVISWORKS. On weeks including lectures students will be required to attend two hours of lectures and one hour of tutorials. On weeks including workshops students will be required to attend two hours of workshop and one hour of seminar time.

    This is a 3 unit course. Students in this course are expected to devote 12 hours each week to this course. These 12 hours are hours of full time study, not just sitting thinking about the subject! The seminar workshops and other activities, including reviews of work in progress are an important component of your learning in this course. Some additional time may be required to familiarise yourself with the software required for assessments. The communication skills developed by regularly and actively participating in discussions are considered to be most important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.

    Learning Activities Summary

    Refer to the course schedule in the Course Handout Booklet on MyUni.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    No.DueTitle% of Grade
    1 Wed 19/3/14 Interim submission for Assessment 2 10%
    2 Wed 2/4/14 Detail Study 20%
    3 Wed 16/4/14 REVIT Family and Tutorial 10%
    4 Fri 9/5/14 REVIT Detail Study 20%
    5 Wed 21/5/14 Collaboration Exercise 10%
    6 Wed 4/6/14 Virtual Model, System analysis and Detailing 30%
    Refer to Assessment Details in Appendix 1 of the Course Booklet on MyUni for more information.
    Assessment Detail
    Refer to the course booklet on MyUni
    Submission

    Some submissions for this course will required uploading to a web hosted dropbox. Details will be forwarded during the first lecture. As part of the first assessment students will be required to upload their design statement (or similar) for the Design Studio V project.

    Refer to Assessment Details in Appendix 1 of the Course Booklet on MyUni for assignment sheets

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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