Environmental Systems (PG)

Subject 702-865 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Admission to Melbourne School of Design graduate level program, or written permission from the subject coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 702-465 (ABPL40017) - Environmental Design
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview: This subject covers key elements of building services and sustainability. The services component of the subject (50%) includes refrigeration, heating and air handling plant; air distribution; energy efficiency, and documentation of air-conditioning system designs; non-residential electrical, telecommunications, transportation and building management systems; special servicing conditions including hospitals, auditoria, industrial buildings, commercial kitchen planning, and district services. The sustainability component of the subject (50%) includes: design for daylighting, natural ventilation and mixed mode systems; displacement ventilation, evaporative cooling and radiant cooling systems; active solar heating and cooling systems; indoor air quality, environmental comfort and post-occupancy evaluation; principles of room acoustics and sound isolation.
Objectives: On completion of this subject students will have a working familiarity with both passive and active systems of environmental control used in commercial and institutional buildings.
Assessment: One two-hour examination (70%). Exercises (eg. written and drawn assignments, class presentations) equivalent to not more than 3000 words (30%). Students must demonstrate a high level of engagement with and/or critical analysis of the subject content to complete the subject at postgraduate level, and will be subject to assessment at postgraduate level.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Parlour, R. P. Building services: a guide to integrated design & engineering for architects. Pymble, N.S.W: Integral Publishing, 2000.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Application of calculation methods
  • Correct use of technical terminology
  • Relating to consultants
Links to further information: http://www.abp.unimelb.edu.au/environments-and-design-students/melbourne-school-of-design-students.html
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Construction Management
Master of Property

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