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Architectural Technology in Context

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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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

An online undergraduate unit provided by Curtin University and Open Universities Australia, Architectural Technology in Context helps you to develop a range of skills related to the role of technology in building design. You will get to grips with the cultural, physical, social and technological factors involved with small scale building design, informed by careful analysis of relevant data.

The unit allows you to build on your knowledge and broaden your understanding of the impact architectural technology can have on human and environmental performance. You will study a range of real-world examples and theoretical case studies to engage with a variety of perspectives and current trends within the industry.

On completion of this unit you will be able to assess the performance of the built environment using appropriate technologies, and reflect on the relationship between natural, human and built environments. You will apply passive design principles to a creative project, learn how to synthesise relevant data to inform your design decisions, and deliver a written report on your findings.



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

  • Technology of Design

You must also be accepted into the following course:

  • 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 Architectural Technology in Context unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to the contexts
  • Sun, earth, heat and energy
  • Materials and properties
  • Understanding structure and forces
  • Knowing structure and forces 1
  • Knowing structure and forces 2
  • Strategies and efficiencies
  • Radiation and shade
  • Conduction and thermal mass
  • Internal gains and ventilation
  • Sustainability and R-code awareness
  • Review
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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

Architectural Technology in Context is a core unit of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Architectural Science), helping you to build on the skills you developed at level one, and further your understanding of some of the key theories and principles that you will encounter in your career and further studies. A foundation in architecture opens up employment opportunities in a wide range of industries, including construction, scientific and technical services, public administration, safety and health care and social assistance.

In addition to the specific tools you will develop, successful completion of this unit demonstrates initiative, creative thinking and critical awareness that can prove to be highly desirable assets in a range of wider fields. These might include areas such as urban design, environmental research, building conservation, heritage matters or community development.

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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