Course Title: Provide Design Solutions for Small Residential Living Units

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: ARCH5122

Course ID: 033926

Course Title: Provide Design Solutions for Small Residential Living Units

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Program Code: C5143 - Diploma of Building Design and Technology

Course Contact : Michael Goss

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Andrew Rodda
Peter Schenkel
Richard Peterson
David Anderson

Nominal Hours: 40

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

Where related units form an integral part of workplace responsibilities and roles, these units should be co-assessed.

Course Description

This unit relates to creating design solutions, under supervision, for small residential living units restricted to Class 1 and 10 and a maximum area of 120m squared, and presenting them as design drawings from which other construction documentation can be commenced.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LCTM Provide Design Solutions for Small Residential Living Units


Analyse a given client design brief for a small private single level residential living unit not exceeding 120m2 in area

Performance Criteria:

The key factors relating to the client's, and other stakeholders needs, are determined from the brief.

Any additional information required is gained by interviewing or corresponding with the client.

The local Authority planning guidelines and bylaws that relate to the site are researched.


Investigate a given site and record details that will impact on the design solution.

Performance Criteria:

The existing condition of the site is observed and the foundation material determined.

Exact boundary locations are determined and any legal constraints appended.

The location of any existing site features are measured and sketched on to the site plan.

The sun path is determined and any micro-climate influences noted.


Investigate the development of regional housing styles from settlement to the start of World War II

Performance Criteria:

The historic origin of housing styles built before 1939 in a given Australian region is researched and recorded.

The principle architectural features that characterise the predominant styles are sketched or photographed and recorded for future reference.

The use of local or imported materials is recorded and their current availability noted.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to successfully apply and comprehend:

  • The principles of design to the built form and its environment.
  • Analysis of a given client design brief
  • How to investigate a given site and record details that will impact on the design solution
  • Produce design solutions using simple problem solving techniques.
  • Objectively evaluate design solutions and refine the work based on peer critique.

Overview of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

Project based assessment work and studio classes.
An active and engaging environment for the robust critique of ideas and schemes in response to a project brief and lectures delivered in class.
Site Visits / Architectural tours
To enhance awareness of the built environment, and of the designed and natural spaces in which we engage, inhabit and exist.

Teaching Schedule

The nature of design is intrinsically a varied and often personal response to a given series of concepts and conditions. As such the design studio’s weekly sequence can be dynamic and flexible based on the work presented.
Topics covered during the course of a project are many and will exceed the following list:

  • Analysis of a project brief.
  • Site Recording
  • Context
  • Design Response
  • Functional Planning
  • Aesthetics
  • Materials 
Refer also to the assessment matrix for additional information relating to schedule.

Each studio teacher will fully outline the assessment task brief, submission dates and assessment criteria at the beginning of each new project.

    Overview of Learning Resources

    Learning Resources

    Prescribed Texts

    Ching Francis, 1996 Architecture: Form, Space, and Order Wiley; 2 edition


    Curtis, William, 1989, Modern Architecture Since 1900, Phaidon London



    Ching, Francis, A Visual Dictionary of Architecture Wiley


    Other Resources


    There are a myriad number of architectural resources relating to the topic of design.  As the project tasks develop; more specific sources are made apparent as the information flow dictates.

      Overview of Assessment

      Assessment in this course is progressive and will require demonstrated competence in one or more of the following ways:

      Practical projects, drawings and documentation, visual and oral presentations, written assignments, CAD modelling, digital presentations, visual recognition tests, written reports and studio based activities.

      All assignments will have set due dates which must be adhered to. Late submission of work will carry a penalty but may be considered by prior arrangement if supported with a medical certificate or other appropriate documentation.

      Assessment Tasks

      The duration of the course allows for the completion of 4 studio projects.

      • Project 1: Based on the introductory exercises undertaken during orientation week. (5%)
      • Project 2: (20%)
      • Project 3: (30%)
      • Project 4: (45%)
      While the content of projects may vary between studios; (which reflects the individual strengths of the teacher), the learning outcomes remain the same, to allow for moderation of results.

      Other Information

      Late Submission of Work
      Special consideration for extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on validation of the student’s claim and negotiation for a remedial strategy will be devised based on the individual’s circumstances and needs.
      An extension of time request WILL NOT be considered within 48 hours of an assessment task submission date, regardless of circumstance.
      Late Submissions: without signed approval for an extension of time by the course teacher, shall incur a 10% mark reduction per day penalty for 5 days. After such a period of time, the assessment task will not be accepted.

      Assessment Decisions:
      Final assessment decisions can be reviewed/ appealed. The appeals process is identical across all courses and direction should be sought first from the course teacher to initiate the appeal.

      Student Responsibilities:
      In undertaking this course students require to be responsible for.

      • The time management of the course work in order to complete all work requirements satisfactorily and on time.
      • To either be in attendance for classes or alternatively to ensure, establish and clarify what content has been missed to maintain a consistent academic progress.
      • 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.

      Plagiarism is the practice of claiming, or implying, original authorship, or incorporating material from someone else’s written or creative work in whole or in part, into ones own, without adequate acknowledgment. The written or creative work which is plagiarized may be a book, article, musical score, film script, or other work. Unlike cases of forgery, in which the authenticity of the writing, document, or some other kind of object, itself is in question, plagiarism is concerned with the issue of false attribution.

      Within academia, plagiarism by students, professors, or researchers is considered academic dishonesty or academic fraud and offenders are subject to academic censure. (from
      The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct, which carry a range of penalties, including the cancellation of results and exclusion from your program.
      Students are responsible for ensuring that their work is kept in a secure place. It is also a disciplinary offence for students to allow their work to be plagiarised by another student. Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of copyright material.
      Consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

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