Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: ARCH5163

Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6097 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Contact : Rosetta DiGiangregorio

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Peter Schenkel
+61 3 9925 4837

Nominal Hours: 280

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 specifies the outcomes required to undertake comples architectural projects for residential (BCA classes 1 and 10) and/or commercial) (BCA classes 2 to 9) buildings.  It includes consulation with a client to prepare a project brief and the development and presentation of a design concept that meets the requirement of the brief and relevant legislative requirements and codes and standards.  It requires the preparation of all necessary documentation and the development of a critical path management diagram.  It requires thorough knowledge of the Building Code of AustraliA (BCA), relevant Australian Standards and local authority regulatory requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU597 Undertake complex architectural projects


1.  Determine requirements for the project

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Client is consulted to confirm details of building design to develop the project brief.

1.2 Preliminary analysis of local authority regulations is undertaken to ascertain requirements.

1.3 Feasibility study is performed to determine and document the viability of the project.

1.4 Site analysis and survey are undertaken and a detailed site analysis is prepared for planning permit application.

1.5 Brief is drafted and evaluated against client requirements and submitted to client for confirmation,
and any amendments are negotiated.


2.  Develop design concept

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Design response is developed in accordance with client brief and presentation drawings/models are produced for client presentation.

2.2 Design concept is presented to client using a variety of presentation materials to assist in understanding key concepts.

2.3 Approval for the final design is obtained from client, and the relevant documentation is finalised for client contract.


3.  Finalise design

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The approved design is finalised and reviewed against the budget and the appropriate documentation is developed to adequately communicate the design.

3.2 A preliminary selection of materials and finishes is selected in accordance with project brief.

3.3 Planning application documents are prepared and the client is assisted with lodgement of the Town Planning application and the processes to complete the application and advertising process.

3.4 Consultation is undertaken with local authorities, neighbours and other interested parties, if required.

3.5 Design work to be undertaken by external personnel is coordinated, as required.

3.6 Design concepts for internal spaces, finishes and services are developed and relevant documentation is developed or obtained.


4.  Prepare and coordinate documentation development

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Documents are prepared in accordance with workplace procedures to enable the project to be tendered.

4.2 Details of specifications are integrated into documentation as required.

4.3 Joinery and internal spaces and electrical documents are prepared or facilitated for inclusion into contract set.

4.4 Drainage and landscape documents are prepared or facilitated for inclusion into contract set.

4.5 Work from specialist consultants is coordinated and integrated into architectural documentation.

4.6 Opinion of probable cost is prepared or facilitated and completed documents are checked and submitted for building approval.


5.  Prepare a critical path management diagram

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Suitable methods for building procurement are determined according to project brief and organisational procedures.

5.2 Requirements for project supervision are determined to ensure design intent and specifications comply with contract documents and project schedule.

5.3 Stages for the implementation of progress claims, claims for extensions of time and issuing of progress certificates are identified according to the project schedule.

5.4 Stages for the preparation of defect notices and certificates for practical completion and final completion are identified according to the project schedule.

5.5 A critical path management diagram is finalised and confirmed with relevant stakeholders for all stages in the design and construction process.

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to complete comlex architectural projects which comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and other relevant legislation.  Work is expected to be undertaken in consultation with other stakeholders and under limited supervision.

Details of Learning Activities

Teaching Schedule 

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 fully replicate design drafting workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities.

Assessment Tasks  

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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