Course Title: Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: ARCH5184

Course Title: Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings

School: 320T Architecture & Design

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

Lisa Mee

Grace Leone

Nick Peraic

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.
• Studio
• Peer Review
• Lectures
• Supervised work in class
• Site Visits
• Galleries
• Buildings
• Independent Research

Teaching Schedule


PLEASE NOTE: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.
For detailed outlines of the teaching schedule and course structure and current updates, you are also advised to refer to myRMIT


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Course introducion
Project Introduction: MP-01
DP-01 Site context recording and analysis,DP-02 Design Process & ideas .
Site Visit to Alumni Courtyard.

No Class
  ISSUE: MP-01 package

MP-01 Class review/presentation of DP-01, DP-02.
DP-03 Anthropometric Analysis.

No Class

MP-01 Design Development
PP-03-Orthographic Projection

No Class

MP-01 Design finalisation and Modelling
PP-04-Contextual Graphics

No Class

Project Introduction: MP-02
DP-01-Museum Excursion Brief DP-02 Site Context Recording and Analysis
DP-03-Elements of Living

Course Introduction
Topic 1: Introduction to Arch History/Theory
ISSUE: MP-02 package
MP-02  Museum ExcursionTopic 2: Architecture Part 1
Concept Development- Form making, bubble diagrams
Topic 3: Architecture Part 2
Concept Development- Form making, bubble diagrams cont.
No Class
Design Development-Functional planning and Floor Plans
No Class
Design Development- Sections, Massing and beginning model
No Class
Design Development-Elevations and Materi
PP-01-Material Representation
No Class
Design Development-Elevations and Materials
Topic 4: Modernism
MP-02 Preliminary Submission
Design statement
Topic 5: Frank Lloyd Wright
MP-02  Open StudioTopic 6: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
 Introduction Major Project  - 04 Topic 7 - Arch History/Theory issue MP-04
 Project Design Development Topic 8 - Arch History/Theory 
 Project Design Development No Class 
 Project Design Development No Class 
 Project Design Development No Class 
 Project Design Development No Class 
 Project Design Development No Class 
 Project Design Development No Class 
 Project Design Development Topic 9 - Arch History/Theory 
 Project Design Development Topic 10 - Arch History/Theory MP-03  Quiz
 Project Design Development  No Class 
 Project Design Development  No Class 
 Project Design Development  No Class 
 Project Design Development  No Class 
 Project Submission  No Class Sbmission - MP 04

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 K&ouml;rnig Design and Analysis 010 Publishers available free on Google Books.  You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library 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 tasks in this course are either formative or 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.

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.

Grade Description Range
HD High Distinction 80 – 100
DI Distinction 70 – 79
CR Credit 60 – 69
PA Pass 50 – 59
SP Supplementary Pass -
NN Fail 0 – 49
PX Pass Grade Only -
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment. -

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above) and also at the following link

Other Information

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

Academic Progress:
At the end of each academic period individual student progress will be reviewed by the Student Academic Progress Review Committee and students will be advised of their eligibility for progression.

Student Charter:
The Student Charter, in association with the University’s statutes and law, indicates what the University and its students can expect from each other. The University’s mission is to create and disseminate knowledge to meet the needs of industry and the community and to foster in students the skills and passion to contribute to and engage with the world.

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

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

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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