Course Title: Manage architectural project administration

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: ARCH5199

Course Title: Manage architectural project administration

Important Information:

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School: 320T Architecture & Urban 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

Paul Farina

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


2. Determine 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.


4. Determine 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.


5. Determine 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.


6. Complete a standard specification

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.


7. Complete project management schedule

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.


1. Determine documentation processes

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.


3. Complete a standard contract

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 requirements. 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.

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

Face to Face Lectures

Online delivery

Guest Lecturers

Teaching Schedule

2019Semester 2 Weekly Schedule


Unit name:      VU21602   Manage architectural project administration


Unit RMIT code: C6136 ARCH5199 Program 22268VIC





Class discussion

Class Activity


18th July

Week 1

On line discussions – All students are required to submit on line discussion. (canvas)

Class Participation and Discussion

Online support BDAV office processes VBA

25th July

Week 2


On line discussions – All students are required to submit on line discussion. (canvas)

Class Participation and Discussion

Drawing lists

Online support BDAV  office processes VBA

1th Aug

Week 3


Compulsory Lecture


Paul Farina  - Review of Course Assessments and Schedule

Class Participation and Discussion

Hand out major project

8th Aug

Week 4


Nadine Samaha – Lecture on Architectural Drawing Project Requirements



Class Participation and Discussion

 On line activity

On line discussion

Building designers responsibility copyright 

15th Aug

Week 5

Nadine Samaha – Lecture on Architectural Office Process  - tender process

On line activity.

On line discussion

Building designers responsibility copyright 

22nd Aug

Week 6

Guest lecturer - Specification writing

VBA representative


Class Participation and Discussion


29th  Aug

Week 7

Competition and Consumer act

Online knowledge Assessments

On line discussions – All students are required to

submit on line discussion. (canvas quiz)








  5th Sept

Week 8

BDAV – Guest Lecturer Domestic Building Contracts

On line discussions – All students are required to submit on line discussion. (canvas quiz)

Softwear for recording a schedule of works




On line discussion

Building designers responsibility copyright 




Week starting 17th April



12th Sept

Week 9


Lawyer. Copyright

Online knowledge Assessments

On line discussions – All students are required to submit on line discussion. (canvas quiz)Paul Farina – Project Review  - discussion opportunity










 project discussion





3rd Oct

Week 10

Submission of Knowledge project


Knowledge project due

10th Oct

Week 11

Paul available

Moral Rights – act

On line discussions – All students are required to submit on line discussion. (canvas quiz)


On line discussion

Building designers moral rights 

17th Oct

Week 12

Submission of Major project


Major project due

24th  Oct

Week 13

Review of Major Project on line discussion

Review Assessments


31st Oct

Week 14

Re submission of Major Project (if directed)




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


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

Quiz knowledge tasks

Major Assessment 1

Knowledge Project

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available in program shell

Other Information

Academic Progress:

At the end of each semester student progress will be reviewed by the Student Academic Progress Review Committee. Students failing 50% of their program load or more, at this stage will be reviewed according to the University's unsatisfactory academic progress procedure.

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.

See RMIT Academic progress information, responsibilities and support for current students:

Equitable Assessment:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.;ID=id0959jyz9mx (unresolved)

Special Consideration:

Including Extension of Time for Submission of Assessable work Procedure:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.

Assessment Principles:
Final assessment decisions can be reviewed and or appealed.
See RMIT Assessment Policies:

Academic Integrity including Plagiarism:
Refer to the RMIT policy on plagiarism which is reference under Academic Integrity atRMIT

Cover sheet for submission of work for assessment:

Whenever you submit work for assessment you must include a declaration of authorship.

All submissions of work for assessment should include a completed and signed ’Cover sheet for submission of work for assessment’ unless work is submitted via Canvas.

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