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Structure and Skin KDA245



Structure and Skin focuses on the development of core knowledge and skills in structures and construction relevant to architectural design disciplines. You will apply foundational knowledge of structural principles and systems to the design of building structures and skins 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 skins.


Unit name Structure and Skin
Unit code KDA245
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design


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 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

* 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

ILO 1: Evaluate materials, construction elements, and building components with reference to their technical and environmental performance and building standards requirements.
ILO 2: Organise and size elements of various structural systems by applying structural principles and industry ‘rules of thumb’.
ILO 3: Justify the selection of structure and construction systems in relation to the intended outcomes of design expression, building scale and envelope performance.
ILO 4: Produce technical documentation to communicate construction detailing for building skins.

Contribution to Graduate Outcomes (Degree core knowledge)
Sustainability: Building on Materials + Tectonics, students focus on ongoing environmental performance of materials and building components, including industry-performance measures and standards; assessed via construction and materials logbook (AT1)
Literacy: Students’ technical literacy is developed through analysis and adoption of conventions for professional design documentation; detailing examples assessed via Structure and Construction Logbook (AT2)
Numeracy: Students are guided in hands-on methods for sizing structural elements and the technical data applied in the selection of structural elements; assessed via evaluative report (AT3)



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,402.00 040101

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KDA141 and KDA148 and KDA140 and KDA138


Teaching Pattern

Lecture - 1-hr x weekly, Workshop - 3-hr x weekly


AT1 – Logbook: Workshop, Site and Fieldwork (40%)
AT2 – Building System (25%)
AT3 – Building Skin: Detailed Design (35%)

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