PROP 7000 - Development and Construction

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course aims to provide an introduction and overview of the urban development process. It explores the structure and organisation of the development industry and examines the production of urban development as a process. This exploration includes development feasibility studies including site and market analysis and regulatory and construction aspects. Emphasis is placed on the constructability of urban developments including a discussion of different construction techniques, site constraints, regulatory constraints such as fire and disability access and the cost of different construction methods, materials and finishes. The sustainability of buildings in respect of construction and life cycle performance is also addressed.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROP 7000
    Course Development and Construction
    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
    Course Description This course aims to provide an introduction and overview of the urban development process. It explores the structure and organisation of the development industry and examines the production of urban development as a process. This exploration includes development feasibility studies including site and market analysis and regulatory and construction aspects. Emphasis is placed on the constructability of urban developments including a discussion of different construction techniques, site constraints, regulatory constraints such as fire and disability access and the cost of different construction methods, materials and finishes. The sustainability of buildings in respect of construction and life cycle performance is also addressed.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Jon Kellett

    Course Timetable

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

    Wednesdays 10.00 -1.00 in 4th year studio
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    CLO1 Demonstrate a broad understanding of the nature and structure of the development industry including its organisation, drivers and actors

    CLO2 Appreciate the role of mechanisms designed to regulate urban development

    CLO3 Perform a site analysis including assessment of physical and policy constraints and opportunities

    CLO4 Critically evaluate the importance of sustainability as a factor in development decision making and design

    CLO5 Appreciate the impact of design standards as applied to building components in the constructability of development

    CLO6 Appreciate the construction requirements of large and complex buildings
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    Please refer to MyUni for details of recommended readings and websites

    Speaker Series:
    The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on contemporary architectural practice. In order to expand your knowledge of contemporary directions in design it is recommended that you attend these sessions. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.
    Online Learning

    University Email:
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    MyUni:
    MyUni is an essential online tool which will be used to communicate information regarding the course including details of assignments and interim grades. There are many other learning resources and assessment pieces that rely on the MyUni system for delivery. Therefore it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the various functions of MyUni and employ it to its fullest extent. https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au

    Discussion Board:
    The MyUni Discussion Board can be used to interact with other students and tutors and is an essential tool to discuss information and increase your understanding of issues.

    Lecture Recording:
    In certain cases the recording of the lectures is made available in electronic format for students to listen through on their own time and make notes, and is provided through the MyUni system. However, this service is only available for lectures with essential course content and may not include guest lectures. Furthermore, where the presentation content is subject to copyright or the guest speaker is uncomfortable with the recording of the content, the lecture recording will not be made available online. So students should not rely solely on this mode of learning and arrange to attend or get lecture content from peers.

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at
    https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-studentarchitecture/ current-student
    Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link:
    https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-student-architecture/enrolments
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Weekly lectures followed by tutorials which explore issues raised in the lectures. These will be based on defined readings and exercises relevant to the lecture themes.
    Workload

    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 (delete as appropriate): 

    For a 3 unit course:
    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, that is about 10 hours each week.

    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
       Week Lecture Tutorial Assessment
    1 Introduction to Development  
    2 The Big Picture  
    3 Highest & Best Use Anlysis
    4 Site & Market analysis Site visit
    5 Planning   Assignment 1
    6 Mapping
    Break
    Break
    7 Constructability Assignment 2
    8 Building Code Classification
    9 Access and egress
    10 Fire
    11 Fire
    12 Sustainability & Design
    13 Assignment 3
  • 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
    There are three items of assessment for this course. They are due in weeks 5, 7 and 13.
    Assessment Detail

    Assessment 1

    The task is to produce an individual report which thoroughly analyses the physical nature
    of the site setting it in its context and identifies all development
    constraints and opportunities. These should include not only physical
    characteristics such as size, shape, slope, existing structures, trees and
    vegetation, water courses, roads and utility services.  Your analysis should also include the site
    context. What is the nature of its wider surroundings?  How does it relate to these? Are there
    examples of linkages or severance?

     
    Assessment 2

    This consists of a Highest and Best Use analysis for the site. We will scope the content of
    the HBU as an in class exercise. Your report should be done in pairs and
    include text, graphics and statistics and any other information and modes of
    presentation you consider useful. It should be a maximum of 2000 words in
    length. 

    Assessment 3

    Your task is to  produce a schematic design for one of
    the  sites  based on the information you have gathered
    and on the principles and methods you have learned during the course. The
    client is a national housing developer who is considering purchasing the site
    for development. Imagine you have to explain your ideas for the site to the
    client in the sense of telling them  what
    are the opportunities and constraints and how these affect what can be
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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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