Course Title: Architecture Communications 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Architecture Communications 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Marc Gibson

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B100.L9

Course Coordinator Availability: Please contact via email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

While there is no required prior study it is recommended that you satisfactorily completed ARCH 1000 - Architecture Design and Communications and ARCH 1035 - Architecture Communications 2 before you commence this course. 

Under special circumstances you may be able to undertake this course prior to completing ARCH 1000 - Architecture Design and Communications and ARCH 1035 - Architecture Communications 2 – please contact the program manager. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.   

Course Description

The role of the Communications subject stream is to develop the conceptual and technical skills to communicate architectural design. 

This course aims to provide you with knowledge of concepts and techniques relating to the representation of architectural design. Architecture Communications 3 has a specific emphasis on digitally modeling, generating, and manipulating geometry for architectural design. You will be introduced to geometric and procedural concepts that relate to the modeling of architecture. You will be introduced to key software techniques that relate to these concepts and that are relevant to architectural design. Through a series of coordinated assessment tasks you will develop a working understanding of these concepts and techniques. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse, evaluate and make informed judgment on a wide range of architectural problems and situations.
  • Communicate complex design ideas through verbal, visual and written media.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Understand the various procedural and parametric approaches to constructing and manipulating geometry. 
  2. Use specific software tools and techniques required for architectural design modeling. 
  3. Communicate complex design ideas through digital tools of representation. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The range of learning experiences will typically include the following:

  • Lectures involving both in-house and practicing professionals from architecture and associated consulting professions.
  • Computer lab based tutorials in which concepts and techniques will be introduced.
  • Tutorials will provide the opportunity to discuss and offer feedback on your work.
  • Within tutorials you will be able to learn directly through instruction and demonstration with your tutor about the techniques of representation and communication covered.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. For tutorials sessions, you will have access to computer laboratories and/or network resources equipped with the appropriate software. Tutors will be able to direct you to educational versions of software that you can use on your own systems. Some detailed learning materials will be available online. Other learning materials and references may be provided by tutors and lecturers as appropriate.

The University Library has extensive resources for architecture students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Gwen Scott

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Modular Facades, 30% CLO1, CLO2 and CLO3 

Assessment Task 2: Dynamic Systems, 30%, CLO1, CLO2 and CLO3 

Assessment Task 3: Algorithmic Modelling, 30% CLO1, CLO2 and CLO3 

Assessment Task 4: Critiques, 10%  CLO3 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.