Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: ARCH5200

Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6136 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Contact : Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Peter Schenkel

+61 3 9925 4037

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

Year One and Two completion

Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to undertake complex architectural projects for residential (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 1 and 10) and/or commercial (BCA Classes 2 to 9) buildings. It includes consultation with a client to prepare a project brief and the development and presentation of a design concept that meets the requirements 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 BCA, relevant Australian Standards and local authority regulatory requirements.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

However this unit forms part of a minimum qualification requirement for registration with the Building Practitioners Board as a building designer (architectural).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21603 Undertake complex architectural projects


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
2.3 Approval for the final design is obtained from client, and
the relevant documentation is finalised for client


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 planning and local authority
regulations is undertaken to ascertain requirements.
1.3 Feasibility study is performed to determine and
docum1.4 Site analysis and survey are undertaken and a
detailed site analysis is prepared for planning permit
1.5 Brief is drafted and evaluated against client
requirements and submitted to client for confirmation,
and any amendments are negotiated.ent the viability of the project.



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
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
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 complex architectural projects, which comply with the BCA and other relevant legislation. Work is expected to be undertaken in consultation with other stakeholders and under limited supervision. It requires the problem solving skills to complete a design/documentation project.

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 will 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 will include:

-Site and neighbourhood visit

-Consultant briefing meeting


This course includes a work integrated learning experience
in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and
assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and
where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral
to your experience.

Teaching Schedule

 WeekSession  descriptionAssessment


Course briefing  ,Site and neighborhood visit , Introduction to Digital Applications and Project file establishment 


Pre- design






Develop design concept


Develop concept design


Develop concept design


Finalise Design


Finalise Design


Finalise Design


Construction Documentation



Construction Documentation


Construction Documentation
Exhibition documentation


Construction Documentation
Exhibition documentation


Project completion 
Exhibition documentation




Project Completion

Exhibition documentation

Folios (TP & CD), and Digital Files (USB)

17Student Exhibition 

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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


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 replicate building design workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.

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 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 assessment
Predesign Review 15%

Assessment task 2 Formative assessment
Design concept Review 10%

Assessment task 3 Formative assessment
Design Development/ Planning Application submission  35%

Assessment task 4  Formative assessment
Construction Documentation  30%

Assessment Task 5 Formative assessment
Project Administration 10%

PROJECT COMPLETION Summative assessment
Digital project files  Total project assessment incorporating the above percentages

Predesign package
Town planning package
Construction drawing package

Exhibition banner

PROJECT COMPLETION Summative assessment
Exhibition 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

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:
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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