Contemporary Digital Practice

Subject ABPL90149 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 3 hour studio per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Entry into the Melbourne School of Design or approval from the subject coordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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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Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on impacts of digital technologies on professional practice and services. It explores issues such as emerging forms of professional practice, status of professional knowledge and skills, use and value of digital information in design, and digital fabrication and assembly of contemporary buildings. The subject involves guest lectures by practicing designers and case studies of real projects.


On completion of the subject students should have developed:

  • knowledge of how digital technology is used in architectural practice;
  • critical awareness of the impact of digital technology on architectural practice.
  • Class participation (15%).
  • Gathering of case study data and production of a journal due at the end of semester (30%).
  • Essay to the equivalent of at least 3000 words due at the end of semester (55%).
  • A case study description up to 500 words and an essay proposal up to 500 words must be submitted by the end of week 4.
Prescribed Texts:

None specified

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following:

  • critical evaluation of policies and practices;
  • skills in seeking, evaluating and retrieving information;
  • comprehension of complex concepts and the ability to express them lucidly in writing;
  • identification of emergent trends in practice.
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Design (Urban Design)
Master of Urban Design

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