PROP 7000 - Development and Construction
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
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 Coordinator: Professor Jon Kellett
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Wednesdays 10.00 -1.00 in 4th year studio
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the urban development process.
- Interpret mechanisms designed to regulate urban development.
- Perform a site analysis including assessment of physical and policy constraints and opportunities.
- Critically evaluate the importance of sustainability as a factor in development decision making and design.
- Apply relevant design standards to a development concept.
- Perform a feasibility assessment for an urban development.
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)
1,2,3,4,5,6 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
1,2,3,4,5,6 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
1,4,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,4,5 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
1,2,3,4,5,6 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
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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.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
There are 10 Modules in the course. Each Module addresses a specific topic and material is delivered ina variety of ways including recorded lectures, face to face lectures, readings, exercises and practical assignments.
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 Module topic Assessment 1 Introduction to Development 2 The Development Process 3 Site Analysis and Mapping 4 Urban Planning 5 Economic and Market Anlaysis Assignment 1 6 Cost, Value and Feasibility Break Break 7 Constructability 8 Building Code Classification 9 Access and Egress Assignment 2 10 Fire Safety 11 Fire Safety 12 Sustainability & Design 13 Assignment 3
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Item Due Date (Week) Weighting Related Learning Outcome Report (individual) Week 5 20% 1,3 Report (group work) Week 9 40% 1,2,3,6 Design project Weeks 13 40% 1,4,5 Total 100%
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?
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
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
#1 Site Analysis Week 5 #2 HBU Report Week 9 #3 Construction Design Report Week 13
All work should be submitted electronically using the course MyUni site. Students should ensure that work is submitted on time on or before the due date
Late work will not be marked.
Extensions will be granted for valid reasons such as illness but these must be arranged with the course co-ordinator before the submission deadline.
Where appropriate, Harvard referencing conventions should be used.
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
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