This unit (NBD1101) is based on a series of problems designed to introduce students to the architectural design process and detailing. The problems will therefore emphasise OHS regulations, organisational policies and procedures (including quality assurance requirements), interpretation of the project brief, interpretation commonly used in industry documentation, effective plan and specification reading and analysis and generating and evaluating alternatives against a range of technical criteria. The unit introduces students to professional drawing practice and using computer-aided design software as relevant to built environment professionals (AutoCAD and Revit). The unit also explores fundamental mathematics as applicable in the built environment and interpretation commonly used in industry documentation.

Unit details

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Comply with occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations applicable to workplace operations;  
  2. Apply organisational policies and procedures, including quality assurance requirements where applicable;  
  3. Select and apply appropriate techniques for the documentation and communication of finalised design;  
  4. Produce two and three-dimensional drawings for residential and commercial building projects;  
  5. Interpret and report on commonly used built environment project documentation; and  
  6. Complete working drawings to industry best practice and as determined by the project brief.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test One (1) Individual test (1000 words equivalent) 30%
Portfolio One (1) Individual portfolio (500 words equivalent) 20%
Project Teamwork including technical reports (1500 words equivalent) 40%
Presentation Team Oral Presentation (5 minutes per student) 10%

Required reading

PBL in Engineering Manual 2nd edn
VU, School of Engineering and Science, (2009)
Melbourne: Victoria University

In addition, a very comprehensive set of course notes will be available for most topics. These course notes will contain further references and reading material.

Where to next?

As part of a course

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