Course

Design Principles


Course code DAT106

When you complete this online course you will be able to describe and evaluate design principles for architectural projects; analyse and illustrate the historical development of design principles; explain the differences in design across cultures and environments; and describe the interaction of people with a built environment.

For more information watch the course introduction video below.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 6  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2018 :  
    Trimester 3 enrol by 21 Oct 2018 to start 29 Oct 2018
  • Delivery type
    2018 :  
    Trimester 3 2018 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2018 :  
    NZ students $600 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who complete this course will be able to

  • Describe and evaluate design principles for architectural projects
  • Analyse and illustrate the historical development of design principles
  • Explain the differences in design across cultures and environments
  • Describe the interaction of people with a built environment

Course Content includes

  • Design principles are described and evaluated using architectural case studies including architectural terminology, architectural theory, colour theory, aesthetics, proportion and scale, form and function, spatial relationships and organisation, anthropometrics/ergonomics, effect on the built environment, sustainability, environmental impact.
  • Analyse and illustrate the historical development of design principles including classical, modern, contemporary
  • Building styles are illustrated in terms of similarities and differences including their function, appearance, structure, construction technology, materials technology, materials availability, social structures, social organisation.
  • Explain the differences in design across cultures and environments including Western, Eastern and South Pacific 
  • Building styles are illustrated in terms of similarities and differences including function, appearance, structure, construction technology, materials technology, materials availability, social structures, social organisation, urban planning.
  • Describe the interaction of people with the built environment including residential, commercial, public assembly
  • Spaces are described in terms of building form and function and user requirements
  • Buildings are assessed in terms of the extent to which they meet physical and environmental requirements
  • Building design is described in terms of its impact in terms of psychology of the building occupants

Textbooks

No textbooks are required for this course

CAD requirements

Use of a CAD programme is required for this course

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.