Course Title: Architecture Technology 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Architecture Technology 4

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Amy Muir

Course Coordinator Phone: contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses ARCH1013 Architecture Technology 1, ARCH1015 Architecture Technology 2, ARCH1014 Architecture Technology 3 before you commence this course. 




Course Description

This course aims to provide you with knowledge of the structural, constructional, environmental, and servicing requirements of buildings coupled with an appreciation of the associated materiality of these technologies as they are transferred into built form. It is intended that you will not only be provided with a technological information base but also an understanding of the architectural design implications of these technologies. ARCH 1016 has a specific bias towards an examination of structure and construction of concrete, multi storey buildings and its specific relationship to architectural design. It is the final component of an instructional technology stream in BP250.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The focus of the Technology course stream is to articulate the relationship between the design of architecture and its construction. 

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

• Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between architecture and technology through design.
• Select appropriate structural and constructional systems for a multi-storey building.
• Communicate the impact of structural systems on the plan and section of a building.
• Examine strategies for arranging / placing technical systems within a building volume.
• Analyse the role of the Building Code of Australia and its application in the design of multi-storey buildings.
• Communicate the interrelationship between technical systems.
• Produce researched and resolved designs through various drawing and modelling techniques.


In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• Apply design knowledge to solve a range of architectural problems in diverse contexts
• Critically analyse, evaluate and make informed judgement on a wide range of architectural problems and situations
• Demonstrate and articulate design skills from concept formation through design development
• Integrate a body of practical and theoretical knowledge into your design process
• Communicate complex design ideas through verbal, visual and written media
• Develop an awareness of environmental factors affecting the built environment


Professional Competencies 

This course addresses core competencies included in the Architect’s Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) National Standard of Competency for Architects. Through successful achievement of the course learning outcomes listed above you will have demonstrated the following performance criteria: 

2.1 Identification, analysis and integration of information relevant to siting of project.

2.2 Application of principles controlling planning, development and design for the project site

3.4 Design response incorporates assessment of relevant legislation, codes and industry standards.

3.5 Exploration and application of ordering, sequencing and modelling of three-dimensional form and spatial content.

3.7 Assessment and integration of construction systems and materials consistent with project brief.

4.1 Evaluation of design options in relation to project requirements

4.4 Inclusion of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design

4.5 Investigation and integration of appropriate structural, construction, service and transport systems in the project design.

4.6 Investigation and integration of appropriate material selection for the project design.

4.7 Coordination and integration of appropriate environmental systems, including for thermal comfort, lighting and acoustics.

5.2 Resolution of project design addressing all building occupancy and functional aspects including spatial requirements and relationships and circulation aspects.

5.3 Evaluation and integration of regulatory requirements.

5.5 Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.

6.2 Continuing coordination and integration of information and project material from relevant consultants, specialists and suppliers.

6.4 Timely completion and communication of accurate and comprehensible documents that will include, as required, drawings, models, specifications, schedules and other relevant modes of information.

6.5 Nomination of quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings components and systems.

Overview of Learning Activities

During the course you will undertake the following learning experiences:
1. Lectures involving both in-house and practicing professionals from architecture and associated consulting professions.
2. Project based technology studio, in which you will present verbal and graphic research detailing information gathered, its source, selection criteria and application.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Architecture Technology courses incorporate high levels of work integration through assessment tasks. You will simulate the resolution of technical issues in design, both in the studio setting and or visits to construction sites, and with assistance from industry practitioners, consultants, and specialists. Assessment in the course is based on the technical resolution of a design project according to industry standards of detail documentation.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
The University Library has extensive resources for Architecture students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.
The library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian, Gwenn Scott

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment in the courses is based on the technical resolution of a design project according to industry standards of detail and documentation. Your assessment will be based on one studio project. You will be expected to produce plans, sections and details as noted in the project outline demonstrating resolution of issues described in the learning outcomes within the building volumed. You may also be expected to produce models to describe the design intention. Verbal feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


Equitable Learning Services: If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Assessment Policy: Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures:

Student Charter: The Student Charter provides an overview of key responsibilities of RMIT Staff and Students to ensure a successful experience of university life.