Courses & Units

Architecture Technology: Performance and Principles KDA141



Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments Architecture Technology units focus on establishing key concepts and principles related to the physical facts of architecture and human experience of these facts. At Introductory level, these units provide foundational knowledge and skills in structure, construction and material performance. This unit is part of a suite of four units in the degree core of B.ABE and the Spatial Design practice specialisation in the Bachelor of Design.

In Architecture Technology: Performance and Principles you will develop design skills in imagining and realising structural solutions for spatial environments based on knowledge of foundational principles. You will be introduced to a range of analogue and digital tools, and understand their use and value in the design and making of structures. Through collaborative workshop activities and individual self-directed experiments, you will gain knowledge of the structural performance of materials, elements and systems, and explore the implications and opportunities for the design of spaces and objects. Working in teams, you will apply this knowledge to a specified design problem to produce models and prototypes at different scales.


Unit name Architecture Technology: Performance and Principles
Unit code KDA141
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Louise Wallis

Teaching staff

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 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 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes


Explain the physical and mechanical properties of structural behaviour through experimentation with materials, elements and systems.


Apply knowledge of structural principles and material properties in creative design solutions for spaces and objects.


Employ digital tools and techniques to imagine, communicate and fabricate spatial design propositions at various scales.


Use collaborative processes to design and fabricate prototypes.


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
040101 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 60 minute lecture weekly, 1 x 180 minute workshop weekly


AT1 – Assignment: design and make a cardboard object (25%)
AT2 – Assignment: structural experiments (25%)
AT3 – Assignment: prototype (50%)

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