Course Title: Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: ARCH5204

Course Title: Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings

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 9925 4818

Course Contact Email: catherine.ciavarella@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Andrew Rodda

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Nominal Hours: 200

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

None

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply the theories and principles of design to the design of buildings. It can be applied to both residential buildings (BCA Classes 1 and 10) and commercial buildings (BCA Classes 2 to 9). It requires the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information on the history and elements of architecture and their influence on current practice. It includes developing a design response which meets the requirements of a project brief, and communicating a final design solution to relevant stakeholders.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21599 Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings

Element:

1. Research the key movements of global architecture 

 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 A range of research techniques is used to source information on the influential periods of global architecture through the works of recognised architects and designers. 1.2 Architectural terminology and language is identified for application in research. 1.3 Own knowledge and understanding of global architecture is developed through review and critical analysis of the influences and features of recognised works. 1.4 The principal characteristics of predominant architectural styles are researched and recorded. 1.5 Impacts of global architecture are analysed for their influence on Australian regional architecture.

Element:

2. Determine design principles
 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The history and main principles of design theories are researched and examined to inform, compare and contrast with present beliefs, methods and practice. 2.2 Design principles are researched which constitute sound and innovative design and its practice on a tectonic concept. 2.3 The relationship between art, architecture and nature is explored to determine the application of form, functionality and aesthetics in design. 2.4 Principles of symmetry, rhythm and symbolism in art and architecture are researched and compared with current theories of culture, politics and technology.

Element:

3. Apply design principles to the context of a site
 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The project brief is analysed to determine client requirements for the design. 3.2 The correlation between human behaviour, function, aesthetics, typology, neighbourhood character and site context is analysed to determine patterns of movement, spatial relationships and visual goals determined by the project brief. 3.3 Circulation patterns/bubble diagrams are developed to illustrate patterns of movement and spatial relationships. 3.4 Social, sustainable and technical factors are integrated in accordance with relevant building and planning regulatory requirements and contextual and site restraints.

Element:

4. Develop and express ideas through freehand sketching
 

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Principal elements of sketching are identified and explored through visual and sketched studies of built forms and their internal and external features. 4.2 Sketches are produced using a range of media to interpret design solutions and concepts and to illustrate details of construction, structural and aesthetic elements of a design. 4.3 Selected rendering techniques are used to enhance readability and interpretation and to display a range of material finishes. 4.4 Sketches are produced with accurate proportions and in accordance with project timelines, as required.

Element:

5. Resolve and communicate design solutions to a build form

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Architectural theories are evaluated and integrated to a conceptual program. 5.2 Features of comparable building designs are researched to inform the development of a design solution. 5.3 Design theories, concepts and ideas are combined to produce a design solution. 5.4 The elements of human needs, the environment, sustainability and technology are integrated into a concept design. 5.5 A range of alternative responses is developed and reviewed and a final solution is selected for presentation to relevant stakeholders. 5.6 The final design solution is confirmed against the project brief and communicated to relevant stakeholders through 2D or 3D media.


Learning Outcomes


This unit of competency supports the attainment of the knowledge and skills required for building designers to apply the principles and theories of design to residential and commercial building projects.


Details of Learning Activities

Course content is delivered through studios.

Assessment tasks are a combination of independent study and directed and supervised practice in a studio context.

Correspondence and additional information is provided through the RMIT Canvas Course shell.


Teaching Schedule

Refer course teaching schedule on Canvas (opens in new window, sign in required.)


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

  • The fundamentals of Architecture, Lorraine Farrelly, AVA Publishers, 2012.


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 design drafting 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:
• research and apply knowledge of global architecture, architects and designers and their influences on modern design theories
• apply architectural concepts to a built form
• develop a design solution which meets the requirements of the project brief
• communicate design solutions to stakeholders using a range of media.
 


Assessment Tasks

3 Assessment Tasks (1st Year)

  • Shelter
  • Biomorphic
  • Residential House

3 Assessment Tasks (2nd Year)

  • MP01: Greenfield Site 
  • MP02: Brownfield Site 
  • MP03: Client Driven Project (small group project)

All projects from both years must have been submitted to be eligible for a final pass grade.

Assessment tasks in this course are both formative and summative. 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.

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

All assessment must be submitted.

 

Students will be deemed Competent or Not Yet Competent in the assessment tasks, Satisfactory or Not Yet Satisfactory in the assessable tasks. A grading model will apply after competency has been obtained.

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. the submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

Courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (including apprentices)

CA Competency Achieved
NYCNot Yet Competent
DNSDid Not Submit for assessment
  Courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment  
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDICompetent with Distinction
CCCompetent with Credit
CAGCompetency Achieved - Graded
NYCNot Yet Competent
DNSDid Not Submit for assessment

 

 


Assessment Matrix

ASSESSMENT TASK MATRIX        
          
National/ Module CodeVPAU593
        
RMITCourse Code
RMIT Course Title
ARCH 5184
Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings 1/2
 Assessment Tasks     
   Semester-01  Semester-02Y2Y2Semester-02
   MP-01
SHELTER
MP-02
BIOMORPHIC
 MP-03
HOUSE/HOME
GreenfieldBrownfieldClient Driven
 100% TOTAL 20%30% 45%20%50%30%
ELEMENTS & PERFORMANCE CRITERIA        
          
1 Research the key movements of global architecture        
1.1A range of research techniques is used to source information on the influential periods of global architecture through the works of recognised architects and designers. xx xxxx
   
1.2Architectural terminology and language is identified for application in research. xx xxxx
1.3Own knowledge and understanding of global architecture is developed through review and critical analysis of the influences and features of recognised works. xx xxxx
   
1.4The principal characteristics of predominant architectural styles are researched and recorded. xx xxxx
1.5Impacts of global architecture are analysed for their influence on Australian regional architecture. xx xxxx
2 Determine design principles        
2.1The history and main principles of design theories are researched and examined to inform, compare and contrast with present beliefs, methods and practice. xx xxxx
   
2.2Design principles are researched which constitute sound and innovative design and its practice on a tectonic concept. xx x   
   
2.3The relationship between art, architecture and nature is explored to determine the application of form, functionality and aesthetics in design. xx xxxx
   
2.4Principles of symmetry, rhythm and symbolism in art and architecture are researched and compared with current theories of culture, politics and technology. xx xx  
   
3 Apply design principles to the context of a site        
3.1The project brief is analysed to determine client requirements for the design. xx xxxx
3.2The correlation between human behaviour, function, aesthetics, typology, neighbourhood character and site context is analysed to determine patterns of movement, spatial relationships and visual goals determined by the project brief. xx xxx
    xxx
    xx
3.3Circulation patterns/bubble diagrams are developed to illustrate patterns of movement and spatial relationships. xx xxxx
3.4Key concepts are summarised at strategic points to facilitate understanding. xx xxx
3.4Social, sustainable and technical factors are integrated in accordance with regulatory requirements and contextual and site restraints. xx xxxx
     x
4 Develop and express ideas through freehand sketching        
4.1Principal elements of sketching are identified and explored through visual and sketched studies of built forms and their internal and external features. xx xxx x
    xxxx
4.2Sketches are produced using a range of media to interpret design solutions and concepts and to illustrate details of construction, structural and aesthetic elements of a design. xx xxxxx
     xx
4.3Selected rendering techniques are used to enhance readability and interpretation and to display a range of material finishes. xx xxxxx
    xxxx
4.4Sketches are produced with accurate proportions and in accordance with project timelines, as required. xx xxxx 
5 Resolve and communicate design solutions to a built form        
5.1Architectural theories are evaluated and integrated to a conceptual programme. xx xx x
5.2Features of comparable building designs are researched to inform the development of a design solution. xx xxxx
5.3Design theories, concepts and ideas are combined to produce a design solution. xx xxxx
5.4The elements of human needs, the environment, sustainability and technology are integrated into a concept design. xx xxxx
    xxx
5.5A range of alternative responses is developed and reviewed and a final solution is selected for presentation to relevant stakeholders. xx xxxx
    xxx
5.6The final design solution is confirmed against the project brief and communicated to relevant stakeholders through 2D or 3D media. xx xxxx
    xxx
          
REQUIRED SKILLS        
Communication skillCommunication Skills to  xx xxxx
 •enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm  
 requirements and share information with internal and external personnel  
 • communicate a design solution  
 • read and interpret  
 − construction drawings and specifications  
 − Australian Standards  
 − relevant sections of the Building Code of Australia (BCA)  
 − research material including architectural literature and relevant texts  
 • use language, terminology and semantics relevant to building design and  
 architecture  
Written skills to:•document research on the influences of global architecture and design principles xx xxxx
 • produce freehand sketches for the interpretation of a design or of architectural  
 features  
    
Problem solving skills to:•apply design theories and ideas to a built form xx xxxx
 • apply design principles within regulatory requirements  
 • respond to the challenges of irregular shaped sites  
    
Initiative and enterprise skills to:•resolve construction and design issues with regard to structural systems and site xx xxxx
 context  
 • incorporate functionality and aesthetics into a built form xx xxxx
 • compare historical and main design principles with modern practices and methods  
 • develop a design response according to the project brief requirements  
    
Planning and organisational skills to:• collect, organise and analyse information on xx xxxx
 − world architecture and its principal characteristics  
 − the works of recognised architects and designers  
 − complete design response within allocated time frame  
    
Learning skills in the development of own knowledge and understanding of global architecture xx xxxx
Technological skills to research and record information  
Teamwork skills to consult with client and other stakeholders  
Working safely in a design drafting working environment, according to legislation and workplace procedures and policies  
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE        
Architectural terminology and semantics xx xxxx
Influential architects and designers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries  
Global and Australian regional architectural styles  
Architectural concepts applied to a design solution  
Principles of structural and construction technology  
Basic principles of anthropometrics and ergonomics  
Material characteristics and applications  
Tectonic themes  
Regulatory, contextual and site constraints  
Planning concepts  
Principles of human behaviour, functionality and aesthetics  
Historical and modern design principles  
Modern theories of culture, politics and technology  
    
CRITICAL ASPECTS OF ASSESMENT        
Provide evidence of the ability to:• research and apply knowledge of global architecture, architects and designers and their influences on modern design theories xx xxxx
  •apply architectural concepts to a built form  
 •develop a design solution which meets the requirements of the project brief  
 •communicate design solutions to stakeholders using a range of media.  

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