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Building Technology in Design 3 KDA213




This unit introduces students to design approaches to surface and space with a particular focus on the principles and techniques of construction detailing. Students investigate the range of materials, finishes and fixtures available for use in interior and exterior applications. They develop the ability to make informed detailing decisions, including an ability to evaluate the claims of industry literature, assess environmental sustainability and determine product suitability for specific applications. The unit addresses construction documentation, design detailing and specification.Students learn how to represent materials, building components and the connections between them in orthographic drawings and physical models and begin to develop the ability to produce technically proficient details of assembly. Students develop an understanding of detailing as an extension of the design process and develop an appreciation of the significance of detailing to the formal aesthetics of architecture and interior design.

This unit is co-taught with unit KDA210 to allow for blended or discipline specific assessment tasks.


Unit name Building Technology in Design 3
Unit code KDA213
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Prof Kirsten Orr

Teaching staff

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2018: $1,148.00 2018: $2,243.00 040101

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

One lecture per week (12 weeks). 
Tutorials and workshops each week (12 weeks).
This unit may include workshop construction and/or testing and site visits.


There are two assignments weighted at 40% and 60%.
There are no exams in this unit. One of the assignments may  run in conjunction with other second year units to reinforce the integration of Building Technology across the course.
If a student is not enrolled in the other units, equivalent assessment tasks will be provided.
Group work is required in one assignment.

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