Course Title: Manage architectural project administration

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: ARCH5199

Course Title: Manage architectural project administration

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact: Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Jim Karakiklas


Nominal Hours: 60

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
manage architectural administration and the development of
project documentation. It requires the knowledge of the
legislation pertaining to project administration and the ability
to comply with the organisational requirements for quality
assurance. Work is expected to be undertaken in
consultation with both internal personnel and external
consultants and with limited supervision.
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).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21602 Manage architectural project administration


Complete a standard

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Statutory authorities connected to the project are identified and applicable information is obtained.
3.2 Quality assurance standards and procedures are identified which may impact on building projects and contracts.
3.3 Types of standard architectural/building contracts required for specific stages in the documentation process are identified and the appropriate templates are accessed, including the relevant legislation
3.4 Standard contract is completed ensuring all information is correct and complies with relevant legislation and organisational quality assurance procedures.
3.5 Basic cost indicators are calculated for a specific building project and invoices are prepared in accordance with organisational procedures.


Complete a standard

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Standard forms of specifications are identified and the limitations are defined with reference to a specific building project.
6.2 Specification is selected and customised as necessary, to suit the building project, in consultation with relevant parties.
6.3 Standard/customised specification for the building project is completed to a professional standard.


Complete project

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Parameters, milestones and benchmarks associated with a building project are identified.
7.2 Project constraints are analysed and strategies are implemented for their management.
7.3 Schedule is produced showing project milestones and various approval stages to ensure effective project management.



Performance Criteria:

1.1 Schedule of drawings required for approval stages is developed and items included in the contract documentation are determined.
1.2 The process for contract documentation development, including the order of precedence, is determined and
the associated legal responsibilities are reviewed.
1.3 The main forms of contracts, their essential
components and the process of contract enforcement are reviewed, including the means for dispute resolution.
1.4 Conditions under which a contract can be deemed valid/invalid are determined.
1.5 Organisational systems for recording, storage and retrieval of information are complied with, including processes for privacy and security.
1.6 Procedures for all types of file management, printing and electronic communication are followed in the development of project documentation.


requirements for
approval submission

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Planning scheme provisions are researched to determine state and local planning policies, zones and overlays and other provisions affecting land use and development.
2.2 Types of planning permit and additional approvals are identified and details reviewed according to the requirements of the planning scheme.
2.3 Required documentation is identified for planning approval submission according to local council specifications.
2.4 Stages of approval process are determined according to particular project requirements and recorded for inclusion in project management schedule.


requirements for
Competition and
Consumer Act

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act that impact on design drafting practices are researched.
5.2 The impacts of these provisions are analysed and the organisational procedure for their management is followed, to ensure compliance with legislation.


requirements for
copyright compliance

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Legal principles for copyright are identified and the implications for designers are analysed.
4.2 Organisational procedures for copyright and protection against plagiarism are identified and all documentation is developed in compliance.

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills
and knowledge required for building designers to manage the
documentation and administration requirements for
architectural projects.

Details of Learning Activities

Lectures as scheduled @RMIT

Teaching Schedule

Week   Content                                              Assessment Task :

1      Course Introduction                           
2      Building Designers Scope of Services 
3      Specification                                          Assessment Task 01  Handout
4      Tenders
5      Copyright Law
6      Moral Rights and Owners Obligation         Quiz 1
7      Contracts                                               Assessment Task 01  Due
8      Guest Speaker 
9      Guest Speaker  
10    Guest Speaker 
11    Guest Speaker                                       
12    Guest Speaker                                       Quiz 2

"NOTE: This teaching schedule may be subject to change.

Quiz dates may vary according to guest speaker availability
All students will be notified in advance of any modifications."

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Refer to class notes

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

Assessment Tasks

Task: 01 [40%]

Task: 02 [40%] QUIZ

Task: 03 [20%] QUIZ

Assessment Matrix

available on blackboard



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 -
Did Not Submit for Assessment. -

Other Information

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Student Responsibilities:
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.
RMIT encourages students to attend all scheduled classes to optimise academic success.
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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Special Consideration:
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Assessment Principles:
Final assessment decisions can be reviewed and or appealed.
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Employability skills:
Employability skills describe non-technical skills and competencies that are an important part of effective and successful participation in the workplace.
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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