Architectural Practice A

Subject ABPL30008 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1x2 hour lecture per week, 1x1 hour lecture per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013

Note: ABPL20002 was formerly called 702-206 Architectural Design and Practice 2B.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

702-848 Architectural Practice A (PG)

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

A theoretical and analytical investigation of the best methods available to architects to fulfil their legal, ethical and professional obligations to clients and other parties affected by both the practice and business of architecture. Fields of study include:

  • an overview of the construction industry;
  • the client and fee agreements;
  • consultants and advisers;
  • the stages of delivery;
  • monitoring incomings and outgoings;
  • contracts involving architects including building contracts;
  • insurances;
  • professional bodies and the role of continuing education.

On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the body of knowledge defining architectural practice;
  • assess and respond to the requirements of relevant parties;
  • implement the procedures necessary to ensure the orderly delivery of architectural services;
  • manage risks with particular reference to their identification, allocation and control.
  • three written assignments (30%);
  • one group assignment (20%);
  • a written 2-hour exam (50%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • research and analysis of new topics;
  • clear presentation of findings and information by written, verbal or graphical means;
  • teamwork skills, leadership skills and the ability to distinguish between the two;
  • the ability to apportion time efficiently and ensure intelligent outcomes.
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