Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2022

Course Code: ARCH5236

Course Title: Undertake complex architectural projects

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: 


Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


School: 530T Built Environment and Sustainability

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 approximation of a workplace environment, with simulated and project-based assessment techniques replicating building design workplace conditions, activities, responsibilities and procedures.

This unit contains instructions and student output required for assessment in Manage architectural project administration ARCH5235if concurrently studied.

This unit requires extensive teamwork.

This unit is delivered in 3 modes, all of which require full weekly attendance;

  • the UCAP deign and documentation studio,
  • a digital support class,
  • a guest lecture series.

The following list is indicative of the range of activities undertaken in the course:

  • supervised and independent project work,
  • supervised and independent research,
  • group work,
  • studio critiques,
  • student pin-ups and presentations,
  • peer reviews,
  • in-class demonstrations,
  • lectures,
  • site visits and/or excursions,
  • on-line quizzes.

Emphasis of activities may vary depending on the specifics of the assessment tasks.

Please note: due to the continually changing nature of the COVID-19situation, this course may be delivered online through Canvas in a manner which attempts to approximate a studio environment.

Refer to Canvas for details:


Teaching Schedule

This is a general outline only and may not reflect the timetabled classes, public holidays, mid-semester breaks or other factors that affect the delivery.
The Canvas shell contains a more detailed teaching schedule and must be referred to on a regular (weekly) basis.
Further updates may be communicated via Canvas Announcements by your teacher or the course coordinator.
While all course content will be delivered, the order and mode of delivery may change.

week topic

submissions AT-01 + AT-02

online quiz and gantt chart upload AT-03


W-06 PUBLIC HOLIDAY affects Monday

W-10 MID-SEMESTER BREAK affects Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 

W-11 PUBLIC HOLIDAY affects Monday


AT-03 - CLOSES**
AT-02 RESUBMISSION if applicable*

* There may be re-submission opportunities for assessments not meeting a satisfactory standard across all assessment criteria if the student has;

  • demonstrated a commitment to their learning,
  • has worked with integrity, and
  • has produced sufficient work in a timely manner throughout the semester.

** Open and close times are subject to change. You will receive a Canvas Announcement informing you of such.

Refer to Canvas for details:


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Refer to Canvas for unit specific resources:

RMIT Library:
Library Subject Guides: Architecture, Building Design and Urban Design


  • Australian Standards Online (SAI Global)
  • Acumen (Australian Institute of Architects) and more...

RMIT Study Support 


  • One-on-one consultations
  • Peer mentoring
  • Studiosity
  • Learning Lab and more...


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 Overview:
To demonstrate competency in this course students must complete each of the assessments satisfactorily across all specified criteria.

Assessment Tasks and Submissions:
All assessment tasks in this course MUST be submitted as scheduled (timely submissions) in order to be assessed for Competency at the end of the unit.

  • Submitting all assessment tasks does not equate to Competency AchievedCompetency is assessed against the unit's performance criteria as per the Assessment Matrix.
  • Failing to submit all assessment tasksby the scheduled deadlines throughout the academic period will result in a DNS - Did Not Submit awarded at the end of unit. 
  • Adjustments to assessments can be made by following RMIT protocol:
  • Always refer to the Teaching Schedule for dates:
  • All assessment tasks MUST be authenticated in order to be assessed. Authentication requires students to actively participate in ALL scheduled classes and have their work reviewed by their teacher on a regular basis. 
  • Resubmissions are generally possible for the assessment tasks in this unit - refer to each assessment brief.

Assessment Processes:
All assessment tasks in this unit are assessed as summative:

  • Summative assessments evaluate student learning at the end of the relevant topic or unit, against the unit's Performance Criteria and Required Skills and Knowledge.
  • Summative assessments in this course are required to be deemed satisfactory against all assessment criteria in order for a Competency Achieved grade awarded. 
  • If any assessment criteria are deemed Not Satisfactory on a Summative Assessment, a Not Yet Competent grade will be awarded.

Assessment Tasks Summary:

   Type  Assessment  Resubmission
 AT-01  Product  Summative  One resubmission opportunity if applicable*
 AT-02  Product  Summative  One resubmission opportunity if applicable*
 AT-03  Product  Formative + Summative  Multiple attempts at the online quiz available

* If the submitted work is sufficiently complete and can be authenticated, a teacher may allow one resubmission opportunity.

Refer to Canvas Assignment section for more specific assessment criterial and details:

Assessment Task Feedback Processes:
1. General Feedback: 
The most important feedback is the feedback that occurs in class discussions and via the resources provided through Canvas.
Students are expected to learn from the reviews of others and participate in peer reviews.

As such, students are expected to:

  • attend and participate in every class and lecture as scheduled,
  • understand that valuable feedback and advice may be delivered in an ad hoc basis,
  • reflect on the critique of others' work and apply any relevant knowledge to their own work,
  • reference the Canvas based resources regularly,
  • take a scholastic approach to their studies, which includes note taking and reflection,
  • review the teaching schedule prior to classes to ensure you come to each class prepared.

2. Formal Feedback:
Rubrics in Canvas will display feedback across a range of assessment criteria specific to each Assessment Task. Further details are available through Canvas under the Assignments section:

This unit is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment and RMIT University VE Grades: 

NB: Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard required in the workplace.

Refer to Canvas for details:


Assessment Matrix

The Assessment Matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency.

These mapping documents are available through the 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 Integrity:

Academic Progress:


Apply for Credit:

  • 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. 

Assessment (including submission):

Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises.  
It is expected that you will attend all timetabled sessions and engage in the required learning activities.
This is the only way to ensure you maximise your opportunity to complete this course successfully. 

Employability skills:

Extensions and special consideration:

Student Charter:

Student Responsibilities:


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