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Empirical Thinking - BADP1001

Year - 2020

This unit of study introduces approaches to thinking and working in the built environment that are based on measurement, analysis and modelling. Students develop a range of quantitative skills, from the ability to measure several important aspects of buildings to the ability to use mathematics to communicate insight into the relationships between the characteristics of building and the perceptions and experiences of occupants. This unit explores subjective and objective data, measurement uncertainty and bias, analysis techniques for different kinds of data, visual representations of data, and mathematical modelling. Topics that enable students to understand empirical research, including experimental design, research methods, and ethics, are also discussed. During lab sessions, students apply the concepts introduced in the lectures to real architectural spaces.

lecture 1 hr/week; lab 2 hrs/week

assignment 1 (20%); assignment 2 (30%); exam (50%)

Course material, announcements and assessment submission will be available at


BDES1023 and DAAE1001


Faculty: Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Semester 2

24 Aug 2020

Department/School: Architectural and Design Science
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 28 Sep 2020
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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Unit of Study coordinator: Prof Richard De Dear
HECS Band: 2
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