Course Title: Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: ARCH5204

Course Title: Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings

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 4818

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Year One

Year Two

Nominal Hours: 200

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 of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply the theories and principles of design to the design of buildings. It can be applied to both residential buildings (BCA Classes 1 and 10) and commercial buildings (BCA Classes 2 to 9). It requires the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information on the history and elements of architecture and their influence on current practice. It includes developing a design response which meets the requirements of a project brief, and communicating a final design solution to relevant stakeholders.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21599 Provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings


1. Research the key movements of global architecture 


Performance Criteria:

1.1 A range of research techniques is used to source information on the influential periods of global architecture through the works of recognised architects and designers

1.2 Architectural terminology and language is identified for application in research.

1.3 Own knowledge and understanding of global architecture is developed through review and critical analysis of the influences and features of recognised works.

1.4 The principal characteristics of predominant architectural styles are researched and recorded

1.5 Impacts of global architecture are analysed for their influence on Australian regional architecture.


2. Determine design principles

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The history and main principles of design theories are researched and examined to inform, compare and contrast with present beliefs, methods and practice

2.2 The relationship between art, architecture and nature is explored to determine the application of form, functionality and aesthetics in design.

2.3 Principles of symmetry, rhythm and symbolism in art and architecture are researched and compared with current theories of culture, politics and technology.


3. Apply design principles to the context of a site

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The project brief is analysed to determine client requirements for the design.

3.2 The correlation between human behaviour, function, aesthetics, typology, neighbourhood character and site context is analysed to determine patterns of movement, spatial relationships and visual goals determined by the project brief.

3.3 Circulation patterns/bubble diagrams are developed to illustrate patterns of movement and spatial relationships.

3.4 Social, sustainable and technical factors are integrated in accordance with regulatory requirements and contextual and site restraints.


4. Develop and express ideas through freehand sketching

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Principal elements of sketching are identified and explored through visual and sketched studies of built forms and their internal and external features.

4.2 Sketches are produced using a range of media to interpret design solutions and concepts and to illustrate details of construction, structural and aesthetic elements of a design.

4.3 Selected rendering techniques are used to enhance readability and interpretation and to display a range of material finishes.

4.4 Sketches are produced with accurate proportions and in accordance with project timelines, as required.


5. Resolve and communicate design solutions to a build form

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Architectural theories are evaluated and integrated to a conceptual programme.

5.2 Features of comparable building designs are researched to inform the development of a design solution.

5.3 Design theories, concepts and ideas are combined to produce a design solution.

5.4 The elements of human needs, the environment, sustainability and technology are integrated into a concept design.

5.5 A range of alternative responses is developed and reviewed and a final solution is selected for presentation to relevant stakeholders.

5.6 The final design solution is confirmed against the project brief and communicated to relevant stakeholders through 2D or 3D media.

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the knowledge and skills required for building designers to apply the principles and theories of design to residential and commercial building projects.

Details of Learning Activities

The following list is indicative of the range of activities undertaken in the course. Emphasis of activities may vary depending on the specific design projects.

  • Studio
  • Peer Review
  • Demonstrations
  • Lectures
  • Supervised project work
  • Site Visits/Excursions
  • Independent Research
  • Independent studio work

Teaching Schedule


First Year (detailed 1st year teaching schedule through myRMIT)  
Semester ONE Semester TWO
Session                             Assessment                
01 Major Project-01  
02 Major Project-01  
03 Major Project-01  
04 Major Project-01  
05 Major Project-01 SUBMISSION MP-01
06 Major Project-02  
07 Major Project-02  
08 Major Project-02  
09 Major Project-02  
10 Major Project-02  
11 Major Project-02  
12 Major Project-02  
13 Major Project-02  
14 Major Project-02 SUBMISSION MP-02
Session                             Assessment                
01 Major Project-03  
02 Major Project-03  
03 Major Project-03  
04 Major Project-03  
05 Major Project-03  
06 Major Project-03  
07 Major Project-03  
08 Major Project-03  
09 Major Project-03  
10 Major Project-03  
11 Major Project-03  
12 Major Project-03  
13 Major Project-03  
14 Major Project-03 SUBMISSION MP-03
Second Year (detailed 2nd year teaching schedule available 2018)  
Semester ONE Semester TWO
Session                             Assessment                
01 Major Project-01  
02 Major Project-01  
03 Major Project-01  
04 Major Project-01  
05 Major Project-01  
06 Major Project-01  
07 Major Project-01  
08 Major Project-01 SUBMISSION MP-01
09 Major Project-02  
10 Major Project-02  
11 Major Project-02  
12 Major Project-02  
13 Major Project-02  
14 Major Project-02  
Session                             Assessment                
01 Major Project-02  
02 Major Project-02  
03 Major Project-02  
04 Major Project-02  
05 Major Project-02  
06 Major Project-02 SUBMISSION MP-02
07 Major Project-03  
08 Major Project-03  
09 Major Project-03  
10 Major Project-03  
11 Major Project-03  
12 Major Project-03  
13 Major Project-03  
14 Major Project-03 SUBMISSION MP-03

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


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 fully replicate design drafting workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures. Holistic or project-based assessment with other related units is recommended.

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:
• research and apply knowledge of global architecture, architects and designers and their influences on modern design theories
• apply architectural concepts to a built form
• develop a design solution which meets the requirements of the project brief
• communicate design solutions to stakeholders using a range of media.

Assessment Tasks




Assessment Breakdown

First Year:

MP-01    20%

MP-02    30%

MP-03    50%  




Second Year:

MP-01    20%

MP-02    50%

MP-03    30% 


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 course are graded. Refer to RMIT University VET Grades Curriculum-based Courses:;ID=6voay09je4v9#final


At the end of first year, a grade of DNS will be recorded on the RPO if a student fails to submit all assessments or fails the final major project, and will not be able to proceed to second year.
No grade will be provided if the student successfully completes first year.
At the end of second year, a final grade for Provide Design Solutions will be provided through the RPO. 

  • 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. 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.

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above) and also at the following link

Other Information

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 laws, 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

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

Special Consideration:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

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 

The RMIT policy on plagiarism is referenced under Academic Integrity at RMIT:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n;STATUS=A?QRY=Plagiarism%20-%20student%20information&STYPE=ENTIRE (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=x3ddsmsrwa1hz (unresolved)

A condition of using the e-submissions process is that you have read and agreed to the following: 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)

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