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Architectural Discourse and Spatial Intelligence Methods

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

Those pursuing careers in architecture will benefit greatly from this online Architectural Discourse and Spatial Intelligence Methods unit from Open Universities Australia and Curtin University.

This unit is conveniently delivered online, and will develop your understanding of how to use visualisation in the architectural ideation phase. The unit also addresses spatial intelligence methods and will teach you how to represent complex programmatic, functional and spatial relationships through sophisticated three dimensional diagramming methods.

The unit also takes a work integrated learning approach where ideation and methods investigation will take place in workshops, on site and in simulations of real world projects.



To be eligible to enrol in this unit, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed Architecture Contexts Studio or Architectural Contexts Methods; AND
  • Have successfully completed or be enrolled to study Architectural Discourse and Spatial Intelligence Studio; AND
  • Be accepted into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science)

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this architecture unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Theoretical positions
  • Precedents
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

On completing the unit you will be able to create and clearly explain complicated architectural relationships using three dimensional diagrams. You will also have gained experience in using drawings and three dimensional models as part of architectural practice, and have developed a portfolio of work to demonstrate your skills to potential employers.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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