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ARCH71-126: Design Systems for Environmental Sustainability May 2022 [Standard]

General information

This course provides an introduction to the principles of architectural science (energy, climate and comfort), materials science (embodied energy and energy transfer), building envelopes and (passive) design for a sustainable built environment. Considerations of bio-climatic and socio-cultural environment and context complement and eco-logical understanding. Beyond a building physics and energy efficient building design approach, this course encounters also the physiological and socio-cultural responsibility of the built environment. Topics relating to environmental design include a critical analysis of environmental design theory and concepts of ‘sustainability’. Strategies and propositions for the design of low-carbon and resilient environments are developed to contribute to solutions to the UN SDGs.

In an inclusive seminar environment, students examine (individually and collectively) the principles of environmentally responsive design principles and develop skills in the design of sustainable architecture and urban design.

Invited guest speakers and field trips complement a real-world engagement with industry, government, cultural organisations and allied stakeholders. 


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:ARCH71-126
Subject title:Design Systems for Environmental Sustainability
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Personal study hours
Attendance and learning activities: 80% attendance required to ensure participation with in-class exercises and demonstration of exposure to accreditation-required competencies.


Prescribed resources:
  • Baumeister J. & Ottmann, D. (2015). Urban ecolution : a pocket generator to explore future solutions for healthy and ecologically integrated cities. UWA Publishing
  • Fuchs, M., Hegger, M., Stark, T., & Zeumer, M. (2008). Energy Manual: Sustainable Architecture. Walter de Gruyter.
  • Liedl, P., Hausladen, G., & Saldanha, M. (2012). Building to Suit the Climate: A Handbook. Walter de Gruyter
  • Mostafavi, M. (2016). Ecological Urbanism. Lars Müller Publishers
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Understand global challenges of cities and communities under the paradigm of the sustainable development goals
  2. Understand principles of sustainable architectural and urban design within given sustainable development perspective.
  3. Interpretation of basic environmental data and subsequent outlining of passive design strategies, low-energy design and servicing strategies into a sustainable design proposal.
  4. Develop basic ideas and proposals for design concepts and frameworks that make future sustainable cities and communities possible.
  5. Collaborate with students from different disciplines, different ages and different world views for an integrative design process.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Presentation § Case study presentation of ESD precedent analysis and findings in appropriate written/graphic format submission and accompanied by slides/portfolio. 40% Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Project Report Report of investigative ESD project tasks containing ESD simulations, analysis and presentation of data and interpretation of findings. 60% 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.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

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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.

Accessibility and Inclusion 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

Global challenges: Energy, Climate, Comfort

1, 5.

Bio-climatic and Socio-cultural context and architecture and urban design considerations.

1, 2, 5.

Introduction to Design Simulations and Analysis Tools.

1, 2, 5.

Visit best practise projects (Architecture and Urban Design).

1, 2, 5.

Urban scale and Architecture scale

1, 2, 3.

Case Studies of ESD considerations and Design for comfort and wellbeing.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

U-value/R-value ; Rating Systems and kWh; 2000Watt Society

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

ESD Design Systems; Materials (embodied energy, embodied carbon, LCAs).

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Approved on: Mar 14, 2022. Edition: 1.3