Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: ARCH5163

Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

School: 320T Architecture & Design

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

Lisa Mee

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

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources.

You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities may include:

-class exercises to review discussions/lectures
-analysis/critique of relevant reading material
- seminar presentations
- lectures
-design activities & projects
-group projects
-peer learning
-guest lecture
-group discussion
-online research
-independent project based work
-teacher directed group activities/projects
-studio practice
-‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
-other activities as decided by teaching staff

Out of class activities may include:

-Site and neighbourhood visit

-Consultant briefing meeting

Teaching Schedule

Session WeekSession  descriptionAssessment


Course briefing  
Site and neighborhood visit 
Client briefing


Pre- design
Set up job files and critical path management planner
Site modelling and documentation and discovery


Statutory Control
Consultant schedule
Site documentation
Site analysis
Project brief


Site Documentation
Submission assembly

Budget costing


Develop design concept
Concept development
Feasibility studies
Design response
Grid establishments
ESD Review


Develop concept design
Planning application overvieW


Finalise Design
BDAV Panel presentation
Planning Documentation
Budget costing


Finalise Design
Planning documentation
Writing a design response

Introduction to construction documentation protocols


Finalise Design
Town Planning documentation


Finalise Design
Town planning documentation completion


Construction Documentation
Setting up construction documentation process

Exhibiton documentation

(Town planning documetation)


Construction documentation 
Project procurement


Construction documentation
Contract administration


Construction documentation
Contract administration
Project costing


Project completion

Exhibiton documentation




Project completion
Exhibiton documentation

17Student exhibiton 

This course is scheduled over 16 weeks across 4 sessions each week…

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


Ebner,P.( 2010) Typology+: innovative residential architecture. Basel, Birkhauser  Losantos, A and A.C.G. Canizares (2007. Highrise; Social living. Barcelona, Loft Publications Broto, C (2007) Innovative apartment buildings. (Barcelona) Vale, L. J. (2002)  Reclaiming public housing: a half centuary of struggle in three public neighbourhoods. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press  Yeang. K. (2006) Eco-Design, Wiley Academic. London. 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 of 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.

Assessment Tasks

Asessment 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 unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Assessment task 1 Formative assesment
Pre-design submission
Due week 4

Assessment task 2 Formative assessment
Design concept submission
Due week 7

Assessment task 3 Formative assessment
Design Development/ Planning Application submission
Due week 10

Assessment task 4 Summative assessment
Construction Documentation

Assessment Task 5 Summative assessment
Project Administration
Due week 15

PROJECT COMPLETION Summative assessment
Digital project files
Town planning package
Construction drawing package
Exhibiton banner

Due week 17

You will receive feedback with verbal and evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with 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 -
Did Not Submit for Assessment. -


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

 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.                                                                                                                                                      


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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 Principles:
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Employability skills:
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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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