ARCHTECH 706 : Building Materials and Technologies

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Explores the selection and integration of appropriate materials, components and systems in relation to the different contexts, scales and stages of the design, documentation, procurement and construction of projects, in alignment with the National Standard of Competency for Architects.

Course Overview

The course is dedicated to international students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in New Zealand. A set of lectures will be delivered to integrate their already acquired skills on materials, components and systems design, and to align them to the New Zealand context and expectations. 

Course Requirements

Restriction: ARCHTECH 307, 312, 314, 315

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. Demonstrate an understanding of how building technologies and materials can be selected according to the scale of the building (Capability 1.1, 1.2 and 2.2)
  2. Identify research and contextualize issues related to the use of materials and technologies in different contexts and stages of the design (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2 and 5.2)
  3. Demonstrate improved written, graphic and verbal skills in regards to technically complex topics (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1 and 5.2)
  4. Develop the capacity to combine creative thinking and technical skills in complex designs (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  5. Develop and demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research (Capability 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Students Presentation 10% Individual Coursework
Quiz 40% Individual Coursework
Assignments 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Students Presentation

Teaching & Learning Methods

The course will include a mix of lectures, seminar and tutorials.

Workload Expectations

Student workload:

150 hours learning over a single semester, including:
22 contact hours
128 hours self-directed study and assignment preparation

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including students presentations to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events including tutorials.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable delivery.

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.

Digital Resources
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Assignments guidelines, lecture handouts and other relevant course materials will be available for download on Canvas. Canvas will be also used for direct communications (via announcements) on class activities and for the final upload of the materials required to fulfil assignments requirements.

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.

Other Information

Attendance in class, as well as engagement with course activities, modules and readings, supports academic success. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students make every effort to attend class and complete all the necessary in-class and post-class requirements. Please note that participation to classes will be tracked. The lecture time is generally arranged in one slot of 50 minutes following a 10-minutes break and then, class presentations and discussion. However, it is possible that the lecture time will be arranged differently, in order to suit the different topics to be delivered. Guidelines for the preparation of Assignments and related Assessment Criteria will be provided separately.
Emails will be answered from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (NZ time) during weekdays. Emails will not be sent or answered during the weekends. Any emails received after 5:00pm will be answered within 48 hs counting from the next day.

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.

Where a student has been unable to attend to their studies for a period of time in the semester they may apply for an Extension of Time. Late submissions will be considered on medical and special grounds when supported by a health or other professional, and when the application is made according to the procedure below. Coursework not received by the due date, and for which no extension of time has been approved, will receive the grade ‘DNC’ (Did Not Complete). 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 Canvas and complete the required details. Late submission forms must be accompanied with the appropriate sign by faculty staff.

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 your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, 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 12:11 p.m.