Course Title: Present architectural designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: ARCH5198

Course Title: Present architectural designs

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 9819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 120

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 present a design concept for an architectural project. The design could be for a residential (BCA Classes 1 and 10) or commercial (BCA Classes 2 to 9) building. It includes reviewing the project brief, developing presentation materials and presenting the final design concept to relevant stakeholders. Materials for presentation could include sketches, computer generated drawings/images, or models. It requires the ability to effectively clarify or communicate ideas and the design concept to stakeholders.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21601 Present architectural designs


1. Plan presentation

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The project brief is reviewed to confirm requirements for presentation.

1.2 Suitable presentation format is selected according to project brief, timelines and budgetary limitations.

1.3 Relevant stakeholders are consulted during presentation planning to ensure appropriate format and materials are determined.

1.4 Consultation with team members is undertaken to determine individual responsibilities and time frames in the planning of presentation.


2. Produce presentation images and/or models


Performance Criteria:

2.1 Presentation materials and equipment are selected to suit the format and purpose of the presentation and client requirements.

2.2 Final drawings/models are produced for presentation to stakeholders within agreed time frames and to industry standards.

2.3 A range of presentation materials is produced to assist comprehension of final design.


3. Make presentation to client

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Equipment and materials are organised for presentation and team members are briefed on their roles and responsibilities for the presentation, as required.

3.2 Non-verbal and verbal communication techniques are used to secure and maintain the interest of the audience.

3.3 Opportunities are provided for stakeholders to seek clarification on  central concepts and ideas, and presentation is adjusted to meet the needs  of the audience, if required.

3.4 Key concepts are summarised at strategic points to facilitate understanding.

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the skills and knowledge required for building designers to present an architectural design to relevant stakeholders. Work is likely to be under limited or no supervision and in consultation with a variety of stakeholders

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

Semester ONE

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

Semester TWO

Session                             Assessment                
01 Major Project-03 + 03a  
02 Major Project-03 + 03a  
03 Major Project-03 + 03a  
04 Major Project-03 + 03a  
05 Major Project-03 + 03a  
06 Major Project-03 + 03a  
07 Major Project-03 + 03a  
08 Major Project-03 + 03a  
09 Major Project-03 + 03a  
10 Major Project-03 + 03a SUBMISSION MP-03a
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; students will be made aware of prior changes.


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 building design 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:
• liaise with client and external stakeholders in the development of a design presentation
• prepare and facilitate a design presentation to industry standard
• communicate design ideas and solutions with sketches and images.

Assessment Tasks




Assessment Breakdown:

MP-01    20%

MP-02    30%

MP-03-a 25%

MP-03    25%


Assessment tasks in this course are either formative - Primers, or summative - Major Projects.

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

  • A grade of DNS will be recorded if a student fails to submit all assessments or fails the 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. 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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