Building Design Documentation

Unit code: NBD1101 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
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This unit is based on a series of problems designed to introduce students to the architectural documentation process and detailing. The problems will therefore emphasise OHS regulations, organisational policies and procedures (including quality assurance requirements), interpretation of the project brief and understanding of existing documentation. Based on the analysis of these contexts, this unit leads students through generating documentation 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.

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, in line with a project brief in adherence to industry best practice; and
  5. Understand and apply drawing standards used in building design documentation.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Three (3) Individual Tests (500 words equivalent)
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 20%
One (1) Individual Portfolio (1500 words equivalent)
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 40%
Teamwork Documentation Project
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 10%
Team Oral Presentation (5 minutes per student)

Required reading

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

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