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  • Objectives
    The Diploma of Building Design and Technology will equip individuals with comprehensive employability skills and knowledge to enter the building and construction industry in both residential and commercial sectors. The course covers a range of essential traditional and current construction design, documentation skills and techniques, the production of 2D and 3D drawings and modelling, graphic presentation, environmentally sustainable design principles while utilising and understanding construction technology. The course structure facilitates project based learning techniques within residential and commercial construction. Graduating students will attain the knowledge and skills enabling them to produce designs and documentation suitable for obtaining planning and building permits, while gaining a greater understanding of on-site construction techniques. The career path development for graduates is to become professionally recognised building designers,preceding employment may involve being draftpersons of residential and commercial projects working with architects, builders, building designers and/or project administrators. Graduates may become involved in working with allied professionals and consultants such as interior designers, engineers, building surveyors and landscape architects. The course is based at the Gordon’s East Geelong Campus, Boundary Rd, East Geelong, and is delivered by the Design and Building Program within the School of Building and Construction. Graduates will be eligible to receive the the Diploma of Building Design and Technology on successful completion of all required competencies.
  • Entry requirements
    All applicants for the Diploma of Building Design and Technology must apply through VTAC and complete a Gordon Building Application Form. Part-time applicants for the DIploma of Building Design and Technology must fill in a Part time Gordon Building Application Form. For non-Year 12 full-time applicants, the Diploma of Building Design and Technology requires applicants to be at least 18 years of age and to have been out of full-time study for at least 12 months. There are no minimum tertiary entrance requirements for current Year 12 full-time applicants. You will be expected to have suitable language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills needed to undertake your course. Applicants may be required to attend an information session.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma of Building Design and Technology
  • Course description
    Modules / Units of Competency
    There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Diploma of Building Design and Technology . The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
     
    Title     Approx. Hours

    Year 1 – Diploma of Building Design and Technology
    Apply Drafting Office Administration Processes     50
    Apply Principles of Construction Technology to Private Residential Dwellings     120
    Carry out a Site Survey of an Existing Building     40
    Create Technically Projected Presentation Views of Architectural Design Concepts     40
    Evaluate Materials for Construction of Residential Buildings     40
    Produce 2D Architectural Drawings using CAD Software     100
    Produce Drawing Documentation for Private Residential Buildings     40
    Produce Working Drawings for Single Storey Private Residence     90
    Produce Working Drawings for a Two Storey Private Residence     90
    Provide Design Solutions for Private Residential Dwellings     40
    Provide Design Solutions for Small Residential Living Units     40
    Use Sketching Presentation Techniques to Communicate Design Concepts     40
    Apply Principles of Timber Framing Design to One or Two Storey Buildings     50

    Year 2 – Diploma of Building Design and Technology
    Apply Drafting Office Project Administration Processes     40
    Apply Principles of Construction Technology to Type ‘B’ and ‘C’ Commercial Buildings     120
    Apply Principles of Environmental Sustainability to Building Design     40
    Determine Required Services, Layout and Connection Methods to Commercial Buildings     40
    Evaluate Materials for Construction of Commercial Buildings     40
    Produce 3D Architectural Drawings Using CAD Software     50
    Produce Commercial Working Drawings for Type ‘B’ Building Projects     90
    Produce Commercial Working Drawings for Type ‘C’ Building Projects     90
    Produce Digital Renderings of Architectural 3D CAD Drawings     50
    Produce Drawing Documentation for a Commercial Building     50
    Provide Design Solutions for Type ‘C’ Buildings     40
    Provide Design Solutions for Type ‘B’ Buildings     40
    Analyse World Architectural History since 1825     40
    Apply Principles of timber Framing Design to One or Two Story Buildings     50
    Complete Retail Fitout Project Through Intergration of Technician Skills and Knowledge     40
    Prepare Specifications for all Construction Works     40

     
    Duration
    The Diploma of Building Design and Technology is a two-year full-time course*. Student intakes are generally in February. Classroom attendance is approximately 20 hours per week.

    * Selected units may be available on a part time basis. To check availability please contact Course Information.

    Selection Criteria
    If there are more applicants than course vacancies offered then selection criteria will apply. Preference will then be given to applicants who demonstrate motivation to study, to the subject matter that is delivered within the course. Understanding of the nature of the construction industry, indication of conceptual design and technical abilities, and possibly have relevant industry skills and/or experience.

    Pathways
    Links and options exist between various levels of study. Accredited pathways exist enabling students to move between courses within the Gordon and to other higher education institutions.

    Diploma of Building Design and Technology

        * Drafter of commercial projects with architects, builders and building designers

            
    Bachelor of Construction Management
            
    Bachelor of Arts (Architecture)
     
    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
     
    Gordon Institute Support Services

    The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.

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