Course Title: Residential Documentation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Residential Documentation

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Constr & Proj Mgt


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Geoff Outhred

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253906

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.73

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will:
• Introduce students to the various stakeholders of the property and construction industries.
• Consider the role and type of documentation used in these industries.
• Develop both manual and computer aided drawing skills.
• Introduce students to basic design principles and residential Architectural styles.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


At the conclusion of this course a student will:
• Appreciate the roles of various stakeholders in the property and construction industries.
• Appreciate the various forms of documentation used by these stakeholders.
• Be able to produce simple working drawings both in conventional and computer aided format;
• Be familiar with basic design principles and residential Architectural styles.

Capabilities in this course will be developed concurrently in the following courses:
Construction Technology (Residential)
Construction Science
Capabilities in this course will be developed subsequently in the following courses:
Residential Design and Measurement
Construction Technology (general)
Measurement and Estimating

The specific graduate capabilities that will be addressed, further developed and refined in this course are:

2.5 Adapt to changing methods, technology, practice and contexts.
3.6 utilise technology to assist professional practice and enhance decision-making capacity.
4.1 communicate with a wide range of clients, authorities, professionals and other stakeholders.

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • produce simple architectural drawings for a residence
  • express construction technology in a graphical format
  • identify the principal housing styles in Melbourne

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will consist of a combination of lectures and studio / tutorial sessions. Lecture topics will generally involve the imparting of theory, which is then put into a practical context through the studio / tutorial sessions. These sessions will generally involve the students producing simple drawings in both conventional and computer-aided format. It is expected that through these activities students will progress toward the objectives of the course.

Students will also need to:
• Exhibit strategic, logical, rational and resourceful thinking in their approach to problem solving activities
• Plan research and execute tasks effectively• Evaluate research material from a variety of sources and critically appraise and evaluate results,
• Apply theoretical learning to practical and discipline-orientated tasks,
• Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making,
• Develop their time management, organisation and planning skills,
• Develop information retrieval skills

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University Library

Overview of Assessment

The Course comprises two distinct modules as follows:
Module 1 - Design Appreciation
Module 2 - Drawing Activities 

For each designated modules in the course a student must achieve:
• 50% overall, and
• at least 40% in the assessment allocated to assignment work or class tests.
• at least 40% in assessment allocated to examinations.

If you fail a module, as designated by the course guide, you will be deemed to have failed the whole course and will have to repeat it.