Environmental Systems

Subject ABPL90086 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours: 1x 2 hours of lectures per week; 1 x1 hour of tutorials per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Admission to Melbourne School of Design graduate level program, or written permission from the subject coordinator.
Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: 702-465 (ABPL40017) - Environmental Systems
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Dr Boon Ong


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Website: http://www.msd.unimelb.edu.au

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 specified
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.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Property and Construction
Master of Architecture
Master of Construction Management
Master of Construction Management
Master of Design (Urban Design)
Master of Property
Master of Property
Master of Urban Design
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation

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