Course Title: Present architectural designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: ARCH5198

Course Title: Present architectural designs

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6136 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Contact: Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lisa Mee
Grace Leone

Nominal Hours: 120

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to present a design concept for an architectural project. The design could be for a residential (BCA Classes 1 and 10) or commercial (BCA Classes 2 to 9) building. It includes reviewing the project brief, developing presentation materials and presenting the final design concept to relevant stakeholders. Materials for presentation could include sketches, computer generated drawings/images, or models. It requires the ability to effectively clarify or communicate ideas and the design concept to stakeholders.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21601 Present architectural designs


1. Plan presentation

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The project brief is reviewed to confirm requirements for presentation.

1.2 Suitable presentation format is selected according to project brief, timelines and budgetary limitations.

1.3 Relevant stakeholders are consulted during presentation planning to ensure appropriate format and materials are determined.

1.4 Consultation with team members is undertaken to determine individual responsibilities and time frames in the planning of presentation.



2. Produce presentation images and/or models


Performance Criteria:

2.1 Presentation materials and equipment are selected to suit the format and purpose of the presentation and client requirements.

2.2 Final drawings/models are produced for presentation to stakeholders within agreed time frames and to industry standards.

2.3 A range of presentation materials is produced to assist comprehension of final design.



3. Make presentation to client

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Equipment and materials are organised for presentation and team members are briefed on their roles and responsibilities for the presentation, as required.

3.2 Non-verbal and verbal communication techniques are used to secure and maintain the interest of the audience.

3.3 Opportunities are provided for stakeholders to seek clarification on central concepts and ideas, and presentation is adjusted to meet the needs of the audience, if required.

3.4 Key concepts are summarised at strategic points to facilitate understanding.


Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the skills and knowledge required for building designers to present an architectural design to relevant stakeholders. Work is likely to be under limited or no supervision and in consultation with a variety of stakeholders

Details of Learning Activities

The following list is indicative of the range of activities undertaken in the course.
Emphasis of activities may vary depending on the specific project.

  • Demonstrations
  • Lectures
  • Supervised project work
  • Supervised studios
  • Independent research
  • Independent project work
  • Independent studio work
  • Site visits
  • Excursions

Teaching Schedule

SEMESTER - 01      

Class Number:


Class Description:


Class Description:

01 MP-01-Shelter-Introduction-Site Visit-Site Analysis Course Introduction ISSUE: MP-01
02 MP-01-Shelter MP-01-Shelter-PP-01- Site Visit - Freehand Sketching - Site  
03 MP-01-Shelter- PP-03-Orthographic Projection MP-01-Shelter-PP-01- Site Visit - Freehand Sketching- Concept Development  
04 MP-01-Shelter-PP-04-Contectual Graphics PP-05-Material Representation MP-01-Shelter-PP-02- Folio Template  
05 SUBMISSION: MP-01-Shelter MP-01-Shelter-PP-02- Folio Template Review SUBMISSION: MP-01
06 MP-02-Biomorphic-Introduction MP-02-Biomorphic-PP-01-Photoshop Introduction ISSUE: MP-02
07 Self Directed Learning - Site Context Recording and Analysis and Elements of Living MP-02-Biomorphic-PP-01 continued  
08 MP-02-Biomorphic-Museum Excursion MP-02-Biomorphic-PP-01 continued  
09 MP-02-Biomorphic MP-02-Biomorphic-PP-01 continued  
10 MP-02-Biomorphic MP-02-Biomorphic-PP-01- In class review  
11 MP-02-Biomorphic MP-02-Biomorphic-PP-02-Introduction  
12 MP-02-Biomorphic-Preliminary Submission MP-02-Biomorphic-PP-02 In class review  
13 MP-02-Biomorphic MP-02-Biomorphic  
14 MP-02-Biomorphic MP-02-Biomorphic  
15 SUBMISSION: MP-02-Biomorphic MP-02-Biomorphic SUBMISSION: MP-02
SEMESTER - 02      
Class Number:

Class Description:


Class Description:



 02 MP-03-House/Home MP-03-House/Home - Site Analysis   ISSUE: MP-03-House/Home
 03 MP-03-House/Home MP-03-House/Home - Streetscape  
 04 MP-03-House/Home TBA  
 05 MP-03-House/Home TBA  
 06 MP-03-House/Home TBA  
 07 MP-03-House/Home TBA  
 08 MP-03-House/Home TBA  
 09 MP-03-House/Home TBA  
 10 MP-03-House/Home TBA  
 11 MP-03-House/Home TBA  
 12 MP-03-House/Home TBA  
 13 MP-03-House/Home TBA  
 14 MP-03-House/Home MP-03-House/Home - Exhibition Panel  
 15 MP-03-House/Home MP-03-House/Home - Exhibition Panel  SUBMISSION: MP-03-House/Home

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.
For detailed outline of program structure you are advised to also refer to myRMIT. C6136 Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Alexander, C. "A Pattern Language"
Ching, F. “Architecture Form, Space and Order”
Ching, F. “Architectural Graphics”
Cooper, D. “Drawing and Perceiving, Life Drawing for Students of Architecture and Design”
Doyle, M. “Colour Drawing”
Farrelly, L. “Basic Architecture – Representational Techniques”
Ferguson Gossow, S. “Architects Draw”
Forseth, K. “Graphics for Architecture”
Gill, R. “Basic Rendering”
Gill, R. “Basic Perspective
Gill, R. “Creative Perspective”
Gill, R. “Rendering with Pen and Ink”
Hogarth, P. “Drawing Architecture- A Creative Approach”
Laseau, P. “Graphic Thinking for Architects and Designers”
Porter, T. “Manual of Graphic Techniques”, vols 1 – 4
Wang, T. “Sketching with Markers”
Wang, T. “Plan and Section Drawing”
Yanes, M.D. & Dominguez E.R. “Freehand Drawing for Architects and Interior Designers”

Other Resources

Refer to RMIT Distributed Learning System

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 fully replicate building design workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures. Holistic or project-based assessment with other related units is recommended.

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:
• liaise with client and external stakeholders in the development of a design presentation
• prepare and facilitate a design presentation to industry standard
• communicate design ideas and solutions with sketches and images.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative (F) or summative (S).
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks.
Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.
You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time.
The submitted projects will be assessed with a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

20% - MP-01-SHELTER (S)
50% - MP-03-HOUSE/HOME (including MP-03-A-Precedent Study)(S)

Grade Description range
HD High Distinction 80 – 100
DI Distinction 70 – 79
CR Credit 60 – 69
PA Pass 50 – 59
SP Supplementary Pass
NN Fail 0 – 49
PX Pass Grade Only
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

The Assessment Matrix demonstrates the alignment of Assessment Tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.
These are available from the link below

Other Information

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In undertaking this course students are required to be responsible for:

  • The time management of the course work in order to complete all work requirements satisfactorily and on time.
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  • To ascertain what content or assessment has been missed, and gather the information prior to next class.
  • To be proactive in mastering the academic material of the course by challenging, questioning and extending course outcomes.
  • To be responsible for the maintenance of a non-disruptive and scholastic attitude in the learning environment.
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The following Employability Skills are an inherent part of this course:
Communication, Teamwork, Problem solving, Initiative and enterprise, Planning and organising, Self management, Learning and Technology.

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