Course Title: Shape - Multidisciplinary Projects in the Built Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Shape - Multidisciplinary Projects in the Built Environment

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

SHAPE is a new elective focused on multidisciplinary collaboration, design thinking and construction strategies for current, real world projects. Building upon the learning and teaching outcomes of individual programs, you will be able to showcase and practice your professional skills and strengths within a multidisciplinary team, drawing on the experiences of industry experts.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Karolina Bartkowicz

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1425

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.13

Course Coordinator Availability: Via appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. This course assumes you have developed undergraduate or postgraduate discipline knowledge across one of the following disciplines:

Construction Management, Project Management, Property and Valuation, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Urban Design and Interior Design.

Course Description

The Built Environment Learning Laboratory (BELL) provides a platform for students, teaching staff and industry to work collaboratively on live Built Environment projects on a local, regional and global scale. This course creates opportunities for you to work with the BELL and is designed to enhance your professional practice capabilities and profile. You will engage in diverse built environment professional practice projects that will shape the City of Melbourne and the broader urban environment. In collaboration with your peers and industry professionals, you will undertake multidisciplinary built environment projects. This course provides you with professionally connected learning opportunities as you experience real world application of your discipline in professional practice projects. In collaboration with your peers, teaching team and industry partners you will explore and critique diverse professional practices and cultures to achieve a common goal in industry setting.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is a university wide elective course.  

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)       

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

  1. Formulate appropriate and innovative responses and implementation strategies responding to project briefs
  2. Critique and reflect on diverse professional practice perspectives and approaches across the Built Environment to inform future practice
  3. Analyse and evaluate how diverse professional perspectives and approaches inform project processes and outcomes
  4. Apply and reflect on strategies for collaborating and working effectively in multidisciplinary project teams.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be involved in a range of learning activities which are centred on the development and completion of collaborative projects. The learning activities may include: seminars, presentations, guest speakers, workshops, problem solving sessions, individual and group based reflection, receiving and providing feedback.

It is expected that you will regularly attend classes and collaborative group meetings where you will report and reflect upon individual and group progress on a regular basis, provide and receive constructive evaluation and engage in discussion of project based and multidisciplinary issues.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

In this course you will be working on a range of projects and accessing resources specific to project work in your discipline. You will also investigate other disciplines and may need to access academic and industry resources relevant to those disciplines for example AV equipment and facilities, general and specialised computer labs.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing:

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 consists of: 

Assessment Task 1: Professional Practice Portfolio: Critically reflect on and discuss your discipline’s involvement in projects, the process of working in multidisciplinary teams and impact on future practice (Weighting 30%) This assessment will address learning outcomes: CLO 2, CLO 3, CLO 4

Assessment Task 2: Weekly Workshop Outcomes Submission: Critically reflect upon your journey as part of the SHAPE elective, showcasing the impact of multidisciplinary collaboration for your project and how you might apply learnings to your future practice. (Weighting 20%) This assessment will address the following course learning outcomes: CLO1, CLO4

Assessment Task 3: Project Package: The project package will enable your team to curate and showcase the project proposal in a portfolio submission and presentation to key project stakeholders. (Weighting 50%) This assessment will address the following course learning outcomes: CLO 1, CLO3, CLO 4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Equitable Learning Services

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.