The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course prepares the future generation of professionals in the built environment to respond to a range of existing and emerging digital technologies. The course content provides an overview of current information technologies and digitally mediated communication strategies within the building industry. By extending traditional methods of communication utilised within the built environment, the course aims to develop an understanding of digital media through the application of digital communication and documentation.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the principles and application of digital communication technologies utilised within the built environment.

2. Produce basic digital models using descriptive and simulative CAD software.

3. Interpret digital documentation used within development approvals and building certification, tendering and construction.

4. Demonstrate an understanding and application of methods utilizing large data sets and their parametric applications in the built environment.


Teaching and learning within the course is concerned with the following key themes:

  • Introduction to information technology in the built environment.  This includes: Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modelling (BIM), Parametric Modelling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Web Portals, Project Information Management Systems, Digital Fabrication, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR);
  • Developing simple 3D modelling techniques;
  • Digital documentation techniques;
  • Digital communication techniques.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (Architecture), Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) (Honours), B Teach/B Design & Technology or B Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Technology programs.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Report: Report

Portfolio: Project/Portfolio

Contact hours

Callaghan and Distance Education - Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks starting in week 1

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks