This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to manage architectural administration and the development of project documentation. It requires the knowledge of the legislation pertaining to project administration and the ability to comply with the organisational requirements for quality assurance. Work is expected to be undertaken in consultation with both internal personnel and external consultants and with limited supervision.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm requirements and share information with internal and external personnel, where required; - read and interpret complex documents including: relevant legislation, codes and standards, National Construction Code, planning permit application requirements and other relevant documentation; - use language and concepts appropriate to industry conventions; - prepare project documentation; - correspond with external personnel; - numeracy skills to calculate basic cost indicators for a building project; - determine appropriate contract to suit an architectural project; - determine the limitations of standard specifications and justify their selection; - prepare documentation in readiness for approval stages; - manage project documentation processes; - coordinate work with external personnel and agencies, as required; - identify impacts of quality assurance standards and procedures; - identify legal principles of copyright; - self management skills to meet timelines and project schedule; - teamwork skills when working with internal and external personnel; - technological skills to use computers and other office equipment, and; - work safely in a design drafting working environment and on a site, according to legislation and workplace procedures and policies.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - common terminology, definitions, methods, process and procedures used in relation to a design drafting office; - occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements associated with a design drafting office; - basic understanding of legislation and how it relates to architectural services and the building industry; - professional associations and regulatory bodies; - legal liabilities of parties involved in the execution of a building project; - basic cost indicators for a building project; - standard architectural/building contracts and their essential components; - contract documentation process including order of precedence and relationships between the documents; - tender process; - legal liabilities of each party within the terms of the contract conditions under which a contract can be deemed valid/invalid; - agencies and the means available in the process of contract enforcement; - means for the resolution of disputes; - the principles of project management; - use and implication of specification notes on drawings and the difference between a specification; - file transmittal, revision and management of project file, and; - project management software, where applicable.

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