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
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Doctor Louise Wallis
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
040101 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 50 minute lecture weekly, 1 x 3-hr workshop weekly, 1x 3 day workshop in the exam period


AssessmentAT2 (30%)|AT1 (20%)|AT3 (50%)
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