Built Environment Technology 1 (10187.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC College, Bruce, ACT
South Bank, QLD
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Arts And Design|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|School Of Design And The Built Environment||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Students who have not yet completed their Work Safely in the Construction Industry (White Card) will be asked to complete it as part of this unit.
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Define structural properties and characteristics of materials;
2. Describe and discuss structural concepts for simple building systems; and
3. Identify a range of design details fir simple structures and demonstrate an awareness of sources relating to Australian standards and building codes.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
Welcome to Built Environment Technology 1, or BET1, a core unit for architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, and building construction management (BCM) students. This is a good opportunity for all the groups of students to work together and build an understanding of what each other does. Additionally, this unit will provide you with an understanding of the built environment structures, and materials and how they manage to be adequately resistant and keep their shape for their designed lifecycle.
Equivalent units8335 Technology Laboratory.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||UC College, Bruce, ACT||UC College Trimester 2||05 June 2023||On-Campus||Miss Swarali Sidhaye|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Dr Hamed Golzad|
|2023||South Bank, QLD||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Mr Tom James|
|2024||UC College, Bruce, ACT||UC College Trimester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Mr James Young|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||On-Campus||Dr Hamed Golzad|
|2024||UC College, Bruce, ACT||UC College Trimester 3||23 September 2024||On-Campus||Mr James Young|
No required texts.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Good Studio Practices
The following additional discipline specific regulations and procedures are designed to ensure equity for students in the submission, feedback and assessment of projects.
Studio Clean-up/ Shared Use
Studios are to be cleared of work at the end of each class. Students are responsible for removing their materials, equipment, progress models and drawings as needed to ensure clear teaching spaces for subsequent studios.
Announcements and Additional information
Additional information, including assignment and submission requirements will be provided in separate handouts. Reading and complying with this information and instruction is a requirement for students enrolled in this unit.
Announcements made during studios, seminars or lectures, or sent to your University of Canberra student email address, will be deemed to have been made to the whole group. Students are responsible for regularly checking their UC student email.
Consultation with Staff
Contact with staff should generally be within the allocated class times. Consultation outside of these hours shall be by prior appointment, and in addition to, not in lieu of the scheduled class time. Students who fail to attend classes, and who do not have a medical or counsellor's certificate or other genuine reason for missing classes, should not expect additional tutorial or consultation time.
Please note: staff are not able to return telephone calls after normal hours or on weekends or holidays. Emails are normally not checked or answered at nights, on weekends or on public holidays.
Teaching staff (and particularly part-time staff) may not be able to attend to phone calls or reply to emails immediately. Please ensure any urgent matters are brought to their attention within the studio session or request assistance in notifying the Unit Convener through the Administrative Assistant for the Course.
End of Semester Clean-up
Studios are to be cleared of work and generally cleaned-up at the end of each semester. Projects not removed by the advertised date may be discarded without further notice. University of Canberra staff and sessional studio tutors are not responsible for submission materials. Students are required to retrieve submissions at the end of the jury day as noted. Unless special arrangements have been made with the convener, items that are not collected as required may be discarded without further notice. This is particularly important at the end of semester, when the studios and pin-up spaces must be cleared for graduation exhibitions.
Courtesy in Tutorials/Studios
All mobile phones are to be switched to silent mode during all lectures, tutorials, workshops and presentations. During these sessions, all computers may only be used for purposes directly related to scheduled tutorial (i.e. no games, emailing, internet browsing etc.).
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Verbal Studio Critiques - Academic Conduct Guidelines - general comments applicable to Built Environment units.
It is in the RAIA Code of Professional Conduct that all members of the profession have an obligation to uphold the integrity and dignity of the profession, and must in every circumstance conduct themselves in a manner that respects the legitimate rights and interests of others. It is important that this is modelled in the unit. This is particularly important during the conduct of the studio critique, a time when a student often feels at their most vulnerable.
Verbal critiques in the workshop times are conducted to provide iterative feedback to the students on their progress against the assessment criteria of the design brief, as detailed in the unit outline. They are conducted a number of times a semester in front of peers, and during this time students should be encouraged to
- benchmark their work against that of others, and
- enlist the help of a peer to take notes or record the feedback on their behalf during the presentation.
During the final critique academics should make it clear which of the following activities is being conducted (Stuart-Murray 2010):
- to seek information,
- to test an argument,
- to evaluate outcomes, or
- to make contextual and theoretical comparisons.
In return students will be invited to present their own work and to evaluate their level of understanding of the learning outcomes. This two-way process necessarily elicits both positive and negative critique and can lead to misunderstandings about the process and outcomes. However, at all times, all participants can expect to be treated respectfully and ethically by staff, students and visitors, as they work in partnership to better the learning outcomes for all.
Running a critique
The academic leading the critique is at all times responsible for the safe and ethical conduct of that critique. In the process of a critique the academic leading the critique sessions will aim to ensure that:
- prior to the critique
- the content and format of presentations is clearly specified
- students will be advised on how to prepare their verbal presentations
- assessment criteria are clearly identified
- student has been encouraged to have a peer recorder
- during the critique
- clearly communicate their expectations of how the session will unfold
- frame their critique within the context of the brief, thus making connections between the brief expectations and the work presented
- comments will only address the assessment criteria and not the person
- ensure all pre-agreed time limits are upheld
- ensure mutual respect for all present is maintained at all times
- after a critique
- the student understands their results
- the student has been given a suitable opportunity to respond
Resolving a conflict
Should the critique session become unexpectedly heated, or a conflict arise, the academic leader will
- immediately stop the critique;
- call a break to the session;
- speak privately with the student/guest involved to resolve the issue – this may be done at another time, if deemed appropriate to the situation. A later discussion should be held in camera, with another academic present. The student should also bring a support person. This later opportunity should include the option or re-presenting their work if deemed appropriate to the situation, without penalty; and
- address the entire group, confirming that those involved will continue the discussion later, prior to re-commencing the session, with the next student.
At no time should the student, who has been involved with a conflict situation, be asked to continue – this may lead to issues of perceived injustice in the marks, the student may decide that they cannot do their presentation justice, but also may make the student feel unsafe and bullied.
Should the situation remain unresolved at the later meeting then the academic will make the Head of Discipline aware and the Student Grievance Resolution Process should then be followed.
Stuart-Murray, John. 2010. “The Effectiveness of the Traditional Architectural Critique and Explorations of Alternative Methods.” CEBE Transactions 7 (1): 6–19.
Students are required to attend all structured face-to-face and virtual teaching and learning sessions.
Students who attend campus for class or other purposes must play their part in keeping our campus and community safe by following these basic guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission:
Practise good hand hygiene, washing hands regularly;
If you do happen to cough or sneeze, please do so into the crook of your elbow, dispose of tissues immediately and wash hands immediately
Practise effective physical distancing;
Follow all directions of teaching and other UC staff regarding safety measures;
Stay off campus if you are unwell and get tested according to Queensland Government guidelines COVID-19 in Queensland | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au), and
Follow TAFE Queensland communications about campus arrangements Health Advice & Information - Current Students | TAFE Queensland (tafeqld.edu.au)
Required IT skills
Basic IT skills will be required, including internet browsing and basic web page interactions, email, basic word processing, basic image capture skills, (including placing images in documents).
The prototyping and reporting materials required in this unit are unlikely to cost more than $80 in total. The amount of material required for the prototypes will be mentioned in the tutorials, so please don't purchase a large amount of material as it might be costly.
Work placement, internships or practicums
To repeat a key part from Section 5a: ALL students must provide evidence of having completed the Work Safety in the Construction Industry training ( a "White Card") and formal Asbestos Awareness Training. An opportunity to complete this training for those who need it will be provided as part of this unit. More will be explained in lectures and/or tutorials about how to obtain this training. You WILL NOT PASS this unit until evidence is provided that you have done the training.
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