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ARCH71-139: Digital Design and Intelligent Construction September 2020 [Standard]

General information

This subject introduces the evolving trends and technologies that are challenging the traditional methods that constitute architectural and construction practices. Through a combination of lectures, workshops, guest speakers, field visits, and case studies, this subject will facilitate critical thinking about how emerging technologies can be meaningfully deployed in the built environment industries. Case studies of international firms and projects that exemplify new approaches shall be highlighted and examined. Principles and concepts to be introduced include information modelling, lean production, products of service, life cycle analysis, technical nutrients, embodied energy, off-site manufacturing, design for manufacture, blockchains, digital twins, mass customisation, and augmented reality.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:ARCH71-139
Subject title:Digital Design and Intelligent Construction
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x9 (Total hours: 27) - No Description
  • Workshop: x2 (Total hours: 12) - No Description
  • Field Trip: x1 (Total hours: 4) - No Description
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 77) - Personal study hours
Attendance and learning activities: Practical workshop – compulsory attendance; interdisciplinary group activity.


Prescribed resources:
  • Scott Marble (2013). Digital Workflows in Architecture. Walter de Gruyter , 288.
  • Randy Deutsch (2017). Convergence. John Wiley & Sons , 240.
  • Phil Bernstein (2018). Practice Competency in the Era of Computation. Birkhauser Verlag GmbH
  • McDonough, William and Braungart, Michael (2002). Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. New York : North Point Press , 92-117. CH4: Waste Equals Food
  • Kieran, Stephen and Timberlake, James (2004). Refabricating architecture : how manufacturing methodologies are poised to transform building construction. McGraw-Hill CH4: Processes We Do Not See
  • Hongxi Yin, Ming Qu, Haiyan Zhang & YeChan Lim (2018). 3D Printing and Buildings: A Technology Review and Future Outlook. 94-111.
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Enrolment requirements

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Assumed knowledge:

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General understanding of construction procurement strategies and awareness of conventional construction systems.

Restrictions: ?

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Understand the different types and classifications of information systems and fundamentals of data modelling management and information extraction.
  2. Analyse predominant procurement methods for construction and evaluate the factors and opportunities to implement new procurement methods.
  3. Assess and explain how stakeholder values in the lifespan of a project are transferred and translated.
  4. Apply and carry out basic operations of digital fabrication and computer aided assembly processes as they might be used in actual application in construction.
  5. Construct and compose graphic and written interpretation of cutting-edge industry exemplars.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Reflective Exercise § Reflective Exercise 40% Week 1 1, 2, 3.
In-Class Quiz - Individual In-class Quiz 20% Week 8 1, 2, 3.
Case Analysis § Case analysis and presentation 40% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Principals of building life cycle; embodied energy; life cycle analysis; products of service; technical nutrient systems.

Contemporary procurement; prefabrication.

Modular, volumetric, panelised, component based; design for disassembly; new materials and systems; CLT; Introduce assessment 1 requirements

Parametric design; Digital twins.

Design intent; extrinsic and intrinsic value; craft; durability; new practice models in architecture; new practice models in construction.

Construction robotics; design for manufacture.

Modelling for construction; Quiz (Assessment 2).

New materials; future enterprise models – google, wework, airBNB, etc.

Approved on: Jul 23, 2020. Edition: 1.2
Last updated: Aug 26, 2020.