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Architectural Technology and Making

  • 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
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What you'll learn

About this unit

In this online unit, provided by Open Universities Australia and Curtin University, you will learn about various aspects of the design process for small scale architecture, and develop a number of essential skills that will enable you to progress to the next stage of your studies.

Key learning areas will include methods of construction, integration of structural principles, services, and selection of materials. You will learn the relationship between each of these aspects, and how to incorporate them into the design process. The unit will not only teach you the principles of the design process, but will also equip you with the vocabulary and understanding to communicate these elements effectively.

On completion of this unit, you will be able to collect and synthesise relevant information, integrate and apply the knowledge you have acquired in key learning areas, and use appropriate methods to communicate knowledge in the design of a project. Assessment for this unit consists of two assignments (20% and 40%), one report (20%) and a final test (20%).



To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed the following unit:

  • Technology of Design

You must also have been accepted into the following course:

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

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 Architectural Technology and Making unit, the topics you will study include:

  • The fundamentals of climate control
  • Sewerage and drainage
  • Hot and cold water
  • Gas and storm water
  • Elements of mechanical services
  • Elements of mechanical systems
  • Leading edge mechanical systems
  • Vertical and horizontal transportation systems
  • Understanding indoor lighting systems
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

This unit is an essential component in the completion of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science) qualification from Curtin University, and therefore offers the opportunity to advance your studies in architecture.

The unit also offers you the chance to develop essential knowledge and skills about the architectural design process, which will prove useful in subsequent study. It will also act as an invaluable grounding in the practice of design. The unit is directly applicable to your future career prospects, as it will form part of the basis of your knowledge for a successful career in architectural practice.

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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