Courses & Units

Architecture Technology: Structure and Surface KDA245



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 Intermediate level, these units develop focused knowledge and skills at key intersections between materiality and human inhabitation.

Architecture Technology: Structure and Surface focuses on the development of core knowledge and skills in structures and construction. You will apply foundational knowledge of structural principles and systems to the design of building structures and surfaces emphasising the relationship to design intent and environmental sustainability, including design approaches for different climate types. Through lectures, workshops, self-directed activities and site visits you will gain understanding of structural systems for different building types and scales, the technical and environmental performance of materials, construction elements and building components and the requirements of relevant building standards. You will also be introduced to techniques and professional conventions of technical documentation and apply this knowledge in the detailed design and communication of construction detailing for building structures and surfaces.


Unit name Architecture Technology: Structure and Surface
Unit code KDA245
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Professor Gregory Nolan
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate materials, construction elements, and building components with reference to their technical and environmental performance and building standards requirements
  • Organise and size elements of various structural systems by applying structural principles and industry ‘rules of thumb’
  • Justify the selection of structure and construction systems in relation to the intended outcomes of design expression, building scale and envelope performance
  • Produce technical documentation to communicate construction detailing for building skins
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
040101 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

12 x weekly 60-minute lectures, 12 x weekly 180-minute workshops

AssessmentSchematic Design (25%)|Design (35%)|Logbook (40%)
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