GEPL359 Introduction to Architectural Design

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 2. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. There may be some discrepancies to published unit information while we work through the University processes to approve the changes and reflect them through publication. Information about online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 11 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites GEPL122 or candidature in GradDipUrbRegPlan
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEPL259
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Paul McFarland (
Unit Description

This unit introduces the student to architectural design and building construction. Design skills are learned through 'hands on' experience in design and construction of domestic scale buildings. The responsibility of designers under local government and planning legislation is discussed, including heritage, streetscape, ecologically sustainable development and natural hazards.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Building Your Own Home: A Comprehensive Guide to Owner-Builders

ISBN: 9781742572161
Wilkie, G., Pearson revised ed. 2011

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Referenced Material


Note: Reference material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Environmental Design: An Introduction for Urban Planners

Cunningham, C. and Auster, M., UNE Reprint

Note: Available to students electronically on the Moodle website.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 30% 2000
Assessment Notes

Field observation exercise - construction methods

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assignment 2 60% 3000
Assessment Notes

Dwelling design

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Studio Participation 10% 500
Assessment Notes

Assessed participation in studio work for on-campus students and discussion board for online students.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3 and 4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent knowledge of the principles of ecologically sustainable development;
  2. analyse and critically evaluate the application of appropriate functional, environmental and aesthetic principles to building design;
  3. demonstrate and model skills in visualising imaginary built environments and realising them through design communication to others;
  4. apply the ability to prepare architectural presentation drawings of simple building projects and to read drawings;
  5. apply the ability to understand policy documents and legislation as they impact upon planners in their work; and
  6. use autonomy and judgement in understanding the development control process.