Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2021

Course Code: ARCH5236

Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6161 - 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

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 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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22469 Manage architectural project administration


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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

This unit is assessed in a close simulation of the workplace environment, with simulated and project-based assessment techniques, replicate building design workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.

Learning will take place in an online environment, lecture, studio, or tutorial type format depending on the delivery mode.
Additionally, students will be required to undertake independent study.
The majority of the project work will occur outside the scheduled hours.

This course will have remote learning due to COVID-19, and may include:

  • online studios
  • discussions
  • analysis/critique of relevant subject material
  • group tasks
  • peer reviews
  • guest lectures
  • group discussions
  • online research
  • teacher directed project work
  • independent project work
  • studio practice
  • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
  • other as determined by teaching staff

Out of class activities may include:

  • site and neighbourhood visits
  • precedent studies
  • independent research
  • project development
  • project coordination


Teaching Schedule

W-01 AT-01 - Predesign Part A - Client E1     AT-01 asks students to research the client, their brief,
and the site (presented in report format), and produce
a feasibility study to demonstrate the project's viability.

Students will also produce a preliminary Gantt chart to
gain insight into the management of the project delivery;
from predeign to contract documentation (design process)(E5).
W-02 Part B - Brief      
W-03 Part C - Site      
W-04 Part D - Feasibility E5   Part E - Gantt Chart  
W-05 AT-02  -
Design + Documentation   
Part A - Concept E2     AT-02 require students to design and document a building
according to the predesign requirements.

This task follows a standard industry process from initiating
concepts, to planning application, to contract documentation.

Students will develop and revise their Gantt chart for each
project phase (design process) (E5).
W-08 E5      
W-09 Part B - Planning E3        
W-12 E5      
W-13 Part C - Contract


W-15 AT-03 - Project Administration E5   AT-03 covers theoretical aspects of project delivery
during the contract administration phase and requires
students to finalise a Gantt chart for the construction
stage of the project (E5).

It also assesses required knowledge on safety and
the responsibilities of a building designer.
W-17 Resubmission + Exhibition          
W-18 Assessment + Moderation          
  Final Submission            
  Preliminary Submission            

Refer to Canvas for the detailed Teaching Schedule.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The RMIT Library has extensive study support resources including: 

The Learning Lab 

The Study Support Hub 

English for uni workshops 

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:  

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification). 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.   

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course. 

Information about your studies: 

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc. 


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

To demonstrate competency in this course students must complete each of the following PRODUCT assessments satisfactorily.

AT:01 Predesign

AT:02 Design + Documentation

AT:03 Administration

  • All Assessment Tasks in this course MUST be submitted as scheduled in order to be assessed for Competency at the end of the unit.
  • Submitting all Assessment Tasks does not equate to Competency Achieved (CA).
  • Failing to submit Assessment Tasks by the scheduled deadlines throughout the academic period will result in an NYC or DNS.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted unless RMIT protocol on assessment adjustment has been followed and approved.
  • Adjustments to assessments can be made by following RMIT protocol: RMIT Adjustment to Assessment
  • Always refer to the Teaching Schedule for dates.
  • Assessment decisions can be appealed according to the RMIT Assessment Processes.
  • Work must be authenticated in order to be assessed (regular review of work during class time).
  • Students will receive regular verbal feedback, within class time only, for which the student will be responsible for recording and responding to.
  • In addition students will be expected to learn from the reviews of others.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in peer reviews.


Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency.
To be assessed as Competent means the student can consistently demonstrated the required skills and knowledge as per industry standards.

Vocational education (VE) final grades

All VE courses are graded using the following competency based grading:


Competency Achieved


Not Yet Competent


Did Not Submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These mapping documents are available through Program Administration if required.  


Other Information

The links below are to various parts of the RMIT website and should be referred to on a regular basis until familiarity with them is achieved.

Academic Progress:

Student Responsibilities:

Adjustment to Assessment:


Academic Integrity:

How to submit work:

Employability skills:


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises  

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully. 


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