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DESC9200: Introduction to Architectural Science

This unit aims to explore the scientific concepts of architectural science (including heat, light and sound) from which foundational principles and methods applicable to buildings are developed. It is divided into different topics, including climate, thermal environment, lighting, and acoustics. Students will gain an understanding of the terminology, physical values and metrics in each of these topics, and how they apply to the design and function of buildings. Theoretical models to predict key physical values in buildings are presented and used in assessments. Learning is supported by hands-on measurement exercises. This unit has a focused pedagogy intended for all graduate students in Architectural Science. It is a common core unit for all of the programs (Audio and Acoustics, High Performance Buildings, Illumination Design and Sustainable Design). Students within these programs should undertake this unit in their first semester of study if possible.

Code DESC9200
Academic unit Architectural and Design Science
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the fundamental principles of Architectural Science (including heat, light, wind and sound)
  • LO2. understand the principles of measurement and of selection and calibration of instrumentation
  • LO3. understand the principles of prediction of performances through calculations and/or simulations and how to apply those principles to case studies analysis
  • LO4. demonstrate an improvement in the ability of critical thinking and of critical analysis of evidence
  • LO5. integrate the knowledge in the field of Architectural Science and apply it in the individual areas of interests
  • LO6. improve the ability to critically and synthetically analyse the issues, and to efficaciously communicate the technical information.