ARCHDRC 701 : Timber Fabrication

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Covers fabrication technologies with timber materials. Includes the design and realisation of a small timber building through the preparation of concept plans, developed design plans and a scale models.

Course Overview

Restriction: ARCHGEN 740, 741, 743-745

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Be able to demonstrate practical skills of collaboration / process / organizational roles in groupenvironment and work stream coordination of the fabrication of a detail as part of the assembly process ofthe construction of a timber structure with the use of workshop tools. (Capability 1.1, 1.3, 3.2, 4.1 and 5.3)
  2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of key theories and design principles of the fabricationtechniques of high tech timber components and their assembly into timber buildings (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.3, 5.2 and 6.2)
  3. Be able to offer an informed description and critique of decisions around advanced timber building design (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Presentation 1 - concept design 30% Individual Coursework
Presentation 2 - final design 50% Individual Coursework
Essay 10% Individual Coursework
Practical 10% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Presentation 1 - concept design
Presentation 2 - final design

Teaching & Learning Methods

The seminar consists of a number of lectures, guest lectures and site visits delivered in the first three weeks.
Group workshop sessions start at week 4 through to week 11, where students will be assisting the fabrication of
a timber structure in the workshop.
Students will be presenting their own individual concept design after mid semester break to critics and then
presenting their final design at the end of the semester.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in

each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 14 hours of workshops, 8 hours of presentations, 6 hours of lectures, 6 hours of

site visits, a 3 hour tutorial, 113 hours of self directed study towards presentations and essay preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience
Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including lectures/ tutorials/ workshops and it is required for
students presentations to receive credit for components of the course.
Lectures will be not be available as recordings.
Other learning activities including seminars/tutorials will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

See the Talis Reading list for essential and recommended resources. These will be made available two weeks
prior to the semester.

Health & Safety

In the workshop to work safely at all times with the appropriate protection for your feet with steel cap boots.
High visibility waist coat and hard hat when working at heights.
Protective eye wear when using drills.
Protective ear muffs when using loud tools.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a
tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with
summaries and actions.
Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.
Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty sta-student consultative

Other Information

PASS REQUIREMTENTS: Presentation 2 is compulsory. Not doing presentation 3 will lead to a DNC in your
academic record and to the automatic failure of this course.
LATE SUBMISSIONS: Late submissions will be considered on medical and special grounds when supported by a
health or other professional's advice, and when the application is made according to the following procedure.
Requests for extensions of time must be submitted and approved before the due date, unless there are
exceptional circumstances. Students applying for an extension of time must obtain an ‘Extension of Time Form for Coursework Submission’ from the School of Architecture and Planning Oce (6th oor of the Architecture
Building, Building 421, 26 Symonds Street), complete the required details and attach any relevant document.
Late submission forms must be signed by the appropriate School sta (step 1: course coordinator; step 2:
programme director). Coursework not received by the due date, and for which no extension of time has been
approved, will receive a ‘DNC’ (Did Not Complete) for Presentation 2 and zero grade for Presentation 1 and the

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 08/11/2021 02:00 p.m.