What You'll Study

First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BE110Z Architectural Design Studio I
Facilitates the development of critical and design thinking, visualisation and documentation skills. Students are introduced to sketching, visual presentation and orthographic techniques and model-making in a design studio-based learning environment. They also learn to formulate architectural design ideas and development of aesthetics and 3D spatial awareness and appreciation through design primers and exercises. Students are tasked to apply considerations of anthropometry, environmental and functional concerns in the creation of a simple living habitat in a given context.
168
BE111Z History and Theory of Architecture I
design and technologies through an overview of architectural development in early Western history and its parallel development in Asia. It provides students with a basic knowledge and understanding of architectural design language and thinking to facilitate their own generation of critical design strategies in their project work. Students are required to express their thought in writing and to articulate their interpretation of their own design ideas in their individual project work.
84
BE112Z Materials and Architectural Technology I
Provides students with the fundamental knowledge of building technology, and architectural detailing using basic building materials. Students explore and discover the design potential of these materials in response to structural and environmental forces. They learn to appreciate the concepts and behaviour of simple building structures and its components. Students are required to apply their knowledge through the understanding of basic structural principles and detailing of the architectural elements and finishes of their design project.
168
BE113Z Environmental Science I
Introduces the fundamentals of ecology and its impact on global warming and sustainability. It examines the potential of passive environmental approaches to minimise our dependence on artificial or mechanical means of achieving human comfort. Relevant codes of practice pertaining to drainage, daylighting and natural ventilation are referred to develop an appreciation for ecological design and its application to their design project.
112
BE115Z Architectural Visual Communication I
Provides students with the knowledge and skills to use 2D and 3D (modelling) software for architectural documentation and presentation. Students are introduced to CAD standards pertaining to architectural symbols, drawing conventions, line colour and layering systems. They are also exposed to digital presentation software to develop skills in visual composition. For their project, students have to apply their knowledge and skills to render, document and present their design.
84
. *Vertical Studio Elective
44
LC0154 Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the necessary skills to develop self-confidence in their spoken and written interactions with intended audiences for specific purposes, in informal contexts.
30
LC0155 Communicating for Project (Proposal) Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the skills to articulate and communicate ideas persuasively, and to work effectively in teams. They will be taught to pitch ideas or concepts and to write proposals to an intended audience.
30
LC8001 General Education 1
Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
30
LC8002 General Education 2
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
30
SP101A Education and Career Guidance 1
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.
15

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BE120Z Architectural Design Studio II
Facilitates students to apply and integrate their knowledge and skills on a project from design formulation to design development in context and with reference to local code of practices. Students have to develop design strategies (with considerations for socio-cultural and economic influences), document their design process in a journal and prepare documentation of drawings for the purpose of architectural design presentation, statutory submission and detailing of a medium-rise residential development.
210
BE121Z History and Theory of Architecture II
Examines the philosophy, and evolution of the design language of the architectural intention of the 19th Century to the present and its parallel development in Asia. It provides students with the knowledge and understanding, towards critical and generative design strategies. Students are required to express their thought in writings and articulate their interpretation of their own thought in their project design.
120
BE122Z Materials and Architectural Technology II
Students learn about design buildability, with reference to precast concrete technology and the concept of pre-fabrication, using natural and processed materials with emphasis on sustainability to create architecture and detailing with considerations for joints and water-proofing. Besides reinforced concrete framed structures, they also learn the fundamentals of various reinforced concrete structures and construction (such as flat slab, waffle-slab, portal frame and shell). Students are required to demonstrate their understanding in their project.
210
BE123Z Environmental Science II
This module further develops students' understanding of ecological design concepts with emphasis on building orientation, resources and waste management. Water recycle and waste segregation disposal systems are examined. Students have to know the local codes and practices for domestic water supply, substation and electrical supply vertical transportation, drainage (sewerage, surface and roof for multiple storeys) and their impact and implications on spatial and fade design as well as site planning. Students are required to demonstrate their understanding in their project.
120
BE125Z Architectural Visual Communication II
Provides students with the knowledge and skills to use 2D and 3D (modelling) software for architectural documentation and presentation. Students are introduced to CAD standards pertaining to architectural symbols, drawing conventions, line colour and layering systems. They are also exposed to digital presentation software to develop skills in visual composition. For their project, students have to apply their knowledge and skills to render, document and present their design.
84
. *Vertical Studio Elective
44
LC0157 Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the essential communication and interpersonal skills necessary for work and the pursuit of further studies.
30
LC8003 Social Innovation Project
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment, and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
30
LC8004 General Education 3
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
30
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.
30

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BE1303 Internship Training Programmes
Provides opportunity to gain professional working experience through attachments to local or overseas companies or organisations. Students are required to prepare a report and proper documentation on the internship programme.
12 weeks
. *Vertical Studio Elective
44
BE130Z Architectural Design Studio III
Provides students with the knowledge for a comprehensive practice-oriented design process, with synthesis of multiple competencies. Students experience the rigors of the design process from design conceptualisation to design development from macro to micro including documentation for statutory submissions. The emphasis will be on the exploration of technology in the conceptualisation and the development of the architectural forms and detailing. Students are required to demonstrate their application and integration of multi-discipline knowledge to their project.
255
BE131Z History & Theory of Architecture III
Continues the examination of the philosophy and evolution of design language and architectural intention from the 19th century to the present in the West, but with greater emphasis on Asian and local developments. It advances students with an intermediate knowledge and understanding of social, cultural, economic and political issues in relation to architecture to facilitate their generation of critical design strategies in their project work. Students are required to express their thought in writing and to articulate the interpretation of their own ideas in their individual project work.
63
BE132Z Materials and Architectural Technology III
Provides students with the knowledge of building materials and construction technologies and detailing methods typically used in high-rise buildings. This includes steelframed and composite construction, lightweight roof and façade cladding technologies. They are introduced to proprietary systems (such as false ceilings, dry wall partitions, sun shading devices). Students explore the impact of these materials and systems on the design and detailing of their project.
168
BE133Z Environmental Science III
Continues the study of environmental and resource management, and the integration of advanced building systems such as airconditioning, mechanical ventilation, firefighting equipment and systems, and their impact on architecture and the environment. Students are required to demonstrate their understanding of these systems and a sustainable approach to environmental design in their project.
105
BE134Z Architectural Practice
Introduces students to the concepts of professionalism and ethics, marketing and branding, time and work management, and contract administration procedures that are relevant to architectural practice. The students will also learn the fundamentals of various quality systems relevant in the building industry.
42


 

*Vertical Studio Electives
A 2-week workshop-based programme that is offered to all years.

 

Please note: Course structure subjected to change.
 

 

"The diploma programme in SP provides me with a strong foundation as I pursue my degree programme in Architecture at Melbourne University. Besides learning the sciences of technology and construction materials, the course has also trained me well in expressing and communicating my design ideas and presentation clearly and effectively. This certainly has given me an added advantage in my degree programme.'

Miss Janis Goh Hui Zhen
DAT graduate 2004
4th year in Melbourne University pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Architecture