ARCH 7041 - Advanced Architecture Technologies (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

This course explores environmentally-responsible principles and technologies applicable for medium to large scale single to multi-storey buildings. It covers passive design, active design and low energy design principles and techniques for ventilation, heating, cooling and lighting, as well as issues relating to building materials, water sensitive design, energy production, and environmental performance assessments.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARCH 7041
    Course Advanced Architecture Technologies (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge DESST 2517 and DESST 3517
    Course Description This course explores environmentally-responsible principles and technologies applicable for medium to large scale single to multi-storey buildings. It covers passive design, active design and low energy design principles and techniques for ventilation, heating, cooling and lighting, as well as issues relating to building materials, water sensitive design, energy production, and environmental performance assessments.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Veronica Soebarto

    Course Coordinator:

    Associate Professor Veronica Soebarto
    Room 461, Architecture Building
    Phone 8303 5695; Fax 8303 4377
    Office hours: Wednesday 3-4 pm


    Julian Rutt,

    Design Builder only:
    Sebastian Carr,

    Course Timetable

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

    LECTURE    Thursday, 9-10 AM   Napier G04


    Tute 1: Thursday, 10-12 PM   DCR South (JR)

    Tute 2: Thursday, 12-2 PM    DCR South (JR)

    Tute 3: Thursday, 12-2 PM    5th Year L.Arch Studio (VS)

    See Weekly Time Table from MyUni.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    This course is aimed to help students develop to:
    1. Have the knowledge of the principles for the environmentally-responsible design of large single or multi-storey buildings, including an understanding of climate, thermal comfort and preferences, as well as passive/active design principles and strategies.
    2. Have the knowledge and ability to apply the principles of 'green' buildings that include choice of appropriate technology for heating, cooling, ventilating and lighting, building materials, water and waste management, energy production and user issues,
    3. Have the knowledge of performance assessment and the ability to use relevant assessment tools to assess the design and operation of buildings,
    4. Have skills to confidently present a design proposal, supported with sound analyses/assessments,
    5. Be able to work in a team/group to develop and explore ideas as well as execute solutions.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    All students must access and download the course material from MyUni site of this course ( 


    Recommended Resources

    ASHRAE (2010). ASHRAE Green Guide. The Design, Construction and operation of Sustainable Buildings. 3rd Edition. American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditining Engineers, Inc.

    Attman, O. (2010). Green Architecture: Advanced technologies and materials. Mc Graw-Hill, New York.

    Baird, G. (2010). Sustainable Buildings in Practice. What the Users Think. Routledge, London.

    Carmody, J., Selkowitz, S., Eleanor, L., Arasteh, D., and Willmert, T. (2004). Windows Systems for High-Performance Buildings. Norton & Company, Inc.

    Edwards, A. (2010). Thriving Beyond Sustainability. Pathways to a Resilient Society. New Society Publisher, Canada.

    Hyde, R. (2013). Sustainable retrofitting of commercial buildings: Warm climates. Routledge, London.

    Jodidio, P. (2009). Green Architecture Now. Taschen, Germany.

    Keeler, M. and Burke, B. (2009). Fundamentals of integrated design for sustainable building. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, N,J.

    Kwok, A. and Grondzik. W. (2007). The green studio handbook: Environmental strategies for schematic design. Architectural Press, Oxford.

    La Roche, Pablo. (2012). Carbon-neutral architectural design. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

    Mendler, S., Odell, W., and Lazarus, M.A. (2006). The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design. 2nd Ed. John Wiley & Sons, New York.

    Moe, K. (2010). Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture. Princeton Architectural Press, New York.

    Mumovic, D. And Santamouris, M. (2009). A Handbook of Sustainable Building Design & Engineering. Eartchscan, London.

    Parlour, P. (2003). Building Services. 3rd Ed. Integral Publishing.

    Pearce, A., Ahn, Y.H. and HamniGlobal. (2012). Sustainable buildings and infrastructure : paths to the future. Earthscan, Abingdon, Oxon.

    Szokolay, S. (2008). Introduction to Architectural Science: The Basis of Sustainable Design. Elsevier/Architectural Press, London.

    Vallero, D. A. and Brasier, C. (2008). Sustainable design: The Science of Sustainability and Green Engineering. John Wiley, Hoboken, N.J.

    Williamson, T.J., Radford, A.D. and Bennetts, H. (2003) Understanding Sustainable Architecture, London: Spon.

    Yeang, K. (2006). Ecodesign. A Manual for Ecological Design. John Wiley & Sons, New York.

    Zunde, J. and Bougdah, H. (2006). Integrated Strategies in Architecture. Taylor & Francis, New York.

    Online Learning

    All course notes are available on MyUni of this course. Students are required to obtain these course materials.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes


    Course materials are to be explored during the lecture and tutorials. Classes will be held weekly commencing the week beginning Monday 3 March. Workshops (computer) will be held in weeks 5 to 9, during which no tutorials will be held. Note that all scheduled teaching (lectures, tutorials and workshops) and participations in these activities are essential to your learning and success in this course.

    MyUni: It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to always check the course on MyUni regularly as all important Course-related announcements will be communicated via this means. Course notes and assignments must be downloaded from MyUni. Please download relevant course notes in advance (before the lectures/tutorials for the related subject). No other handouts will be given during the lectures or tutorials, except for some materials that cannot be uploaded to/downloaded from MyUni.

    Email: Check your student email REGULARLY (daily) as course-related announcements are also communicated via email. Note that the only ways of communicating announcements in this course are via email and MyUni. It is assumed that students will always read their email and course announcements, and no such excuse as: “I haven’t read my email” will be accepted. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to always check your email and course announcements.

    Discussion Board: Individual e-mail communication about course issuesWILLNOT BE responded to by teaching staff. Students with any questions regarding the course must post these on the Course Discussion Board. This will be monitored by teaching staff and queries responded to within 2-working days (not over weekends). Only personal matters, not course-related issues, can be communicated by email to the Course Coordinator.

    Recorded Lectures: Although most lectures will be recorded, students are expected to attend the lectures they will better engage with the materials when involved in the class discussions, which often occur during lectures. Note also that Pop Quiz (i.e. unannounced quiz) happens during lectures.


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


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided studies. Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management:

    Total workload hours: 12 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs

    Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs

    Total self-guided study: 156 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 120 Hrs

    These 120 hours should be used towards preparation of weekly tasks and for completion of the various assignments associated with the course, including development of various skills required to complete the same. Please organise your time wisely.

    Learning Activities Summary

    See Weekly Time Table avaialble on MyUni.

    Specific Course Requirements

    Failure to attend teaching due to medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances is dealt with the School Policy, administered by the School Office. Submit the appropriate application for supplementary consideration together with the original signed medical or other relevant officer, to the School Office. If you foresee a problem contact the Course Coordinator BEFORE the problem actually occurs. Otherwise, contact the Course Coordinator as soon as possible and submit the appropriate application for supplementary consideration to the School Office.

    Attendance at tutorials, seminars, practical work and studio sessions is taken into account in decisions about offering Replacement/Additional Assessment and/or examinations. Students who regularly do not attend sessions and do not carry out the associated work may be precluded from and regarded as having failed the course.

  • 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

    Assignment 1: 15%   G  Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) Report
    Due: Thu 20 March 2014, Start of tutorial

    Assignment 2: 25%   G  Building Analysis Report
    Due: Mon 14 April 2014, 12 PM, School Office

    Assignment 3: 30%   I   Technological explorations
    Due: Fri 16 May 2014, Start of tutorial

    Assignment 4: 30%   I   Final Submission
    Due: Thu 12 June 2014, 12 PM, School Office
    Assessment Related Requirements

    See Individual Assignment Sheets.

    When the assignments are to be presented during a tutorial, students must arrive and submit their work at the beginning of the tutorial. Students who arrive later than 10 minutes after the tutorial commences will not be allowed to present and will receive 0 mark.

    Assessment Detail

    See Individual Assignment Handouts available on MyUni or in the Course Reader.

    Marking & Feedback (General)

    Final results for the course will only be available through Access Adelaide and students should not contact the course coordinator or the tutors for the same.

    Feedback for in-class submissions will only be available during the tutorial as oral critique in the style of studio wall-crits. Students should arrange with peers to make notes for reference.


    All assignments must be submitted at the time and place as indicated above. Note that NO LATE submissions will be accepted unless it is due to illness and other accepted circumstances as explained in the School's Student Handbook.

    As with the School Policy, students are allowed to improve and resubmit a piece of work that receives a Fail grade or below, for a maximum mark of 50 (P). 


    · All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number.

    · Submissions without Student Name or ID Number will not be considered for marking, and will receive zero marks in accordance with the guidelines.

    · In addition, all assigments need to have an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission. Please attach the cover sheet in front of the document, to the top left hand corner.

    · Please adhere to submission deadlines and follow instructions provided.

    · Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course without prior approval from the Course Coordinator.

    · On occasion, the lecturer/tutor may wish to retain students’ work for future reference and the relevant student will be informed at such a time.

    Early Submission:

    · There is an early submission box located on Level 4 which is cleared out daily at 10am. Please mark your submission clearly before placing in box.

    Late Submission:

    · The school will NOT accept late submissions and any such assignment will receive zero marks. This also applies to electronic submissions.

    · Printing delays & hard disk crashes will not be entertained as legitimate causes for delay, so please ensure that the work is finished in advance.


    · The school has a resubmission policy whereby students can redeem failed work by submitting additional work for a maximum of 50%. However, this does not apply to the Class Test or Quiz as this is exempt from this rule. The deadline for all re-submissions is 12pm on Friday 14 June 2013.

    Good practice:

    · Students should ensure that they regularly backup their work on multiple locations as hard-disk crashes are an unfortunate reality.

    · When relying on community printing facilities, students should attempt to finish their work in advance to avoid unnecessary delays.

    · Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted (digital or hardcopy), as originals may be lost during the submission process.

    For modified arrangements of submission and assessment due to special circumstances see the following Assessment Task Extension(s) & Additional Assessment guidelines. 


    Modified Arrangements


    · Students can apply for extensions or modified arrangements based on Medical conditions or other Extenuating circumstances. However, students need to submit their application along with supporting documents within 5 business days of the condition becoming applicable.

    · The application forms are available from the Front Office and at: and need to be submitted at the Front Office along with any supporting documentation.

    · Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance and the Course Coordinator will inform the applicant if the application is accepted. Please DO NOT contact the Course Coordinator directly.


    Modified Medical Reasons:

    · In case of an extended medical condition which makes it impossible for the student to submit the work on time, an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Medical Circumstances must be lodged with the Front Office along with a doctor’s certificate within 5 business days.

    Extenuating Circumstances:

    · If the student is unable to submit the work on time due to extenuating circumstances an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Extenuating Circumstances may be lodged with the Front Office.

    · Please note that this is only available for certain military, religious, or legal obligations and does not extend to minor personal problems. (Refer to Student Handbook at for further details or contact Student Advisor).

    Compassionate Grounds:

    · In case of certain extraordinary personal problems students can apply extensions based on compassionate grounds. However, these must first be discussed with the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.

    · To maintain privacy relating to personal issues students can contact the

    o University Transition and Advisory Service at 8313 0100 or

    o, or approach the Counselling Service on

    o 83035663 for an individual appointment.

    Additional Assessments:

    · If a student receives a Fail grade for the course with an overall mark between 45 and 49, they may be eligible for an Additional Assessment which would allow them to get a maximum of 50 Pass for the Course.

    · Additional Assessment offers are made by the School and the student will be informed directly once these are made available.


    · Students who have a disability and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements need to contact the University Disability Services at 83135962 or for supporting documentation and then communicate these to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.


    Elite Athlete:

    · Students who have national/international sporting commitments and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements need to register with the University Elite Athlete Support Scheme at and then communicate this to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

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