Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6136 Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 280

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Important Information:

Students are to read this document to ensure that all completed assessment tasks comply with the listed learning elements and performance criteria.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Term1 2015,
Term1 2016,
Term1 2017,
Term1 2018,
Term1 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Term1 2020

Course Contact: Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to undertake complex architectural projects for residential (National Construction Code) Classes 1 and 10) and/or commercial (NCC Classes 2 to 9) buildings.

It includes consultation with a client to prepare a project brief and the development and presentation of a design concept that meets the requirements of the brief, relevant legislative requirements, including codes and standards.

It requires the preparation of all necessary documentation and the development of a critical path management chart.

It requires thorough knowledge of the NCC, relevant Australian Standards and local authority regulatory requirements.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

However this unit forms part of a minimum qualification requirement for registration with the Building Practitioners Board as a building designer (architectural).

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of Year 1 and 2 of the Advanced Diploma in Building Design (Architectural)

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU21603 Undertake complex architectural projects


1. Determine requirements for the project

2. Develop design concept

3. Finalise design

4. Prepare and coordinate documentation development

5. Prepare a critical path management diagram

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to complete complex architectural projects, which comply with the BCA and other relevant legislation. Work is expected to be undertaken in consultation with other stakeholders and under limited supervision. It requires the problem solving skills to complete the design and documentation of a complex architectural project.

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment, provided that simulated or project-based assessment techniques replicate building design workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.