Professional Practice Project

Subject ABPL90264 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Up to 6 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available


Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Dr Peter Raisbeck


Environments and Design Student Centre
T: +61 3 8344 6417/9862
F: +61 3 8344 5532
Subject Overview:

The subject recognizes that strategic management is a key factor for the successful management of design practices. The subject will introduce students to basic concepts and theories in organisational theory, innovation and corporate strategy. Using these concepts students will be forced to think through the critical success factors that drive competitive advantage in different types of design firms. The subject will elucidate the links between firm strategy, competition and the management of design teams and operational infrastructure in these firms.

  • To write case studies, business plans and reports which critically reflect on professional practice in architectural firms.
  • To write and discuss architectural practice experience in relation to firm strategy, management, infrastructure and design methodology.
  • To identify the critical success factors which underpin competitive advantage in architectural practice.
  • To be able communicate in writing and verbally the factors that drive competitive advantage in different architectural firms.
  • To be critically reflect on the organisational dynamics of different architectural practices.

2 x Individual 2500 research report, case study or business plan, each worth 50% due in week 7 and week 12.

Prescribed Texts: None specified
Recommended Texts:

Emmitt, S. Design Management for Architects, Oxford, Blackwell, 2007.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • To articulate the competitive factors which underpin service orientated firms.
  • To critically reflect on architecture as it is practiced in architectural firms.
  • To effectively organise teams and design organisational structure in order to maximise design innovation.
  • To write case studies, business plans and reports in order to communicate these to different audiences.
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture

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