Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: ARCH5200

Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

Important Information:

Students are to read this document to ensure that all completed assessment tasks comply with the listed learning elements and performance criteria.

School: 320T Architecture & Urban 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

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

Completion of Year 1 and 2 of the Advanced Diploma in Building Design (Architectural)

Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to undertake complex architectural projects for residential (National Construction Code) Classes 1 and 10) and/or commercial (NCC 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, relevant legislative requirements, including codes and standards.

It requires the preparation of all necessary documentation and the development of a critical path management chart.

It requires thorough knowledge of the NCC, 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 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 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 the design and documentation of a complex architectural project.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a lecture theatre, studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard equipment 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 lectures
  • 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
  • Independent research 

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

 Lecturer Series UCAP StudioDigital Support


 PredesignProject Administration




 Predesign | Concept 


 Predesign | Concept 


 Predesign | Concept  


 Concept | Finalise Design 


 Concept | Finalise Design 


 Finalise Design 


 Finalise Design 


 Finalise Design 

Mid Semester Break


 Finalise Design | Contract Documentation 


 Contract Documentation 


 Contract Documentation 


 Contract Documentation 


 Contract Documentation 


 Final Submission 


 Exhibition + Moderation 


 Moderation + RPO 

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Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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 Breakdown

Semester - 01

MP - 01

  • ELEMENT 1. Determine requirements for the project
  • ELEMENT 2. Develop design concept
  • ELEMENT 3. Finalise Design
  • ELEMENT 4. Prepare and coordinate documentation development
  • ELEMENT 5. Prepare a critical path management diagram

Assessment tasks in this course are both formative and 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 course are graded.
Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

All assessment must be submitted.

Students will be deemed Competent or Not Yet Competent in the assessment tasks, Satisfactory or Not Yet Satisfactory in the assessable tasks. A grading model will apply after competency has been obtained.

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. the submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

Courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (including apprentices)

CA Competency Achieved
NYCNot Yet Competent
DNSDid Not Submit for assessment
  Courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment  
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDICompetent with Distinction
CCCompetent with Credit
CAGCompetency Achieved - Graded
NYCNot Yet Competent
DNSDid Not Submit for assessment




Assessment Matrix

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Other Information

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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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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


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