Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

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 Email:

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


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
document the viability of the project.

1.4 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.


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


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 an 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 determine to ensure design intent and specifications comply wit 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 complet 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.
prepared or facilitated for inclusion into contract set.

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 can include:

-Site and neighbourhood visit

-Consultant 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

WSession  description Stage submissions for review and Assessment


 Lecture - Course Briefing

 Determine Requirements for the  project.


 Briefing including - site and  neighborhood visit ,

 Lecture - Introduction to digital  applications for  course and project file  establishment  


 Pre design 
 Lecture & Studio


 Lecture & Studio


 Pre design
 Lecture-  National Construction Code

 PRE DESIGN PACKAGE                     

 Review assessment: Group presentation

 Hardcopy folio
 Digital upload to Secure drive & Blackboard


 Develop design concept
 Lecture & Studio


 Develop concept design


 Finalise Design


 Review assessment: Individual presentation   

 Hard copy folio
 Digital upload to Secure drive & Blackboard



 Finalise Design
 Lecture & Studio


 Finalise Design
 Lecture & Studio


 Finalise Design

 Industry Workshop


  Review assessment: - Individual presentation     

 Hard copy folio
 Digital upload to Secure drive & Blackboard


 Prepare and co-ordinate  documentation development

 Construction Documentation
 Package briefing

 Lecture & Studio



 Construction Documentation
 Projects costings

 Lecture & Studio



 Construction Documentation

 Lecture & Studio
 Exhibition documentation


 Construction Documentation
 Project procurement

 Lecture & Studio
 Exhibition documentation



 Construction Documentation
 Project Administration

 Lecture & Studio
 Exhibition documentation









 Final Project Submission

 Determine requirements for the project
 Develop design concept
 Finalise Design
 Prepare and co-ordinate documentation  development
 Prepare a critical path management  diagram

 Self directed learning
 Exhibition documentation

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION  PACKAGE incl  Specifications & Project Costings

 Assessment:Individual submission

 Hardcopy folio
 Digital upload to secure drive

 PROJECT ADMINISTRATION PACKAGE incl Critical Path  Management Diagrams (Gantt Chart) and Contract  Administration

 Assessment: Individual final submission to final job file




  Hard copy exhibition banner
  Digital upload to secure drive


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

Depending on class needs and availability of resources, delivery may vary.

For detail outline of the teaching schedule, course structure and current updates, refer to ‘course resources’ in the RMIT LMS and myRMIT. The teaching schedule may be subject to change; students will be made aware of changes in advance.

Detailed Weekly schedules will be mapped out while undertaking Element 5 : Prepare a critical path management diagram (Gantt Chart)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


Gehl Jan, Cities are for People, Island press Washington, 2010

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

Pre design package
Concept Design package
Town planning package incl exhibition banner
Construction drawing package
Project administration

PROJECT COMPLETION Summative assessment
Exhibition Banner and physical model

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.

A grade of DNS will be recorded if a student fails to submit all assessments or fails a final major project.
Preliminary work will be reworked as necessary until final submission
No work can be resubmitted after the final submission

Refer to the teaching schedule for the final submission date
Late work will not be accepted unless accompanied by an approved extension of time or special consideration form, prior to the submission date. Refer to RMIT policies and procedures for details.
Submitting all assessment tasks does not guarantee a pass in this course
Work must be authenticated in order to be assessed (weekly review of work during class time)
You will receive verbal and/or written feedback in evaluation of your progress within class time for which you will be responsible to engage with and record.

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.                                                                                                                                                      

Academic Progress:
At the end of each semester student progress will be reviewed by the Student Academic Progress Review Committee. Students failing 50% of their program load or more, at this stage will be reviewed according to the University's unsatisfactory academic progress procedure.;ID=r08bgjneb22t1

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.
  • See RMIT Academic progress information, responsibilities and support for current students:;ID=nzasms4pljer (unresolved)

Extension of Time for Submission of Assessable work Procedure:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.;ID=8r23xxpe4fne

Equitable Assessment:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.;ID=id0959jyz9mx (unresolved)

Special Consideration:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y (unresolved)

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.

Refer to the RMIT policy on plagiarism which is reference under Academic Integrity atRMIT;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n;STATUS=A?QRY=Plagiarism%20-%20student%20information&STYPE=ENTIREE (unresolved)

Cover sheet for submission of work for assessment:
Whenever you submit work for assessment you must include a declaration of authorship.
All hard copy submissions of work for assessment should include a completed and signed ’Cover sheet for submission of work for assessment’ which can be found at the following link;ID=od0oagg9uc111 (unresolved)

A condition of using the online e-submissions process is that you have read and agreed to the following statement:
I declare that in submitting all work for this assessment I have read, understood and agree to the content and expectations of the Assessment declaration found at the following link;ID=t4g7mbllxm3n (unresolved)

Course Overview: Access Course Overview