Course Title: Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: ARCH5184

Course Title: Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact : Rosetta Di Giangregorio

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nick Peraic  Ph 9925 4729
Lisa Mee Ph 9925 4741

Nominal Hours: 100

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 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:

VPAU593 Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings


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.


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.


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 regulatory requirements and contextual and site restraints.


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.


5.  Resolve and communicate design solutions to a build form

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Architectural theories are evaluated and integrated to a conceptual programme.

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

The following list is indicative of the range of activities undertaken in the course. Emphasis of activities may vary depending on the specific design projects.
◦Peer Review
◦Supervised work in class
•Site Visits
•Independent Research

Teaching Schedule 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

•Krebs, Jan. Basics: Design and Living Birkhauser 2007 ISBN: 3-7643-7647-3
•Jormakka K., Basics: Design Methods, Birkhauser 2008 ISBN: 978-3-7643-8463-0
•Bielefeld B., El Khouli S., Basics: Design Ideas, Birkhauser 2007 ISBN: 978-3-7643-8112-7
•Bernard Leupen, Christopher Grafe, Nicola Körnig Design and Analysis 010 Publishers available free on Google Books.


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 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  

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Arch 5184 is part 1 of a 2 part course; (with Arch 5185 Design Commercial).
The final course grade is a combination of the Arch 5184 and Arch 5185 Grades

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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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Assessment Decisions:
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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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