Building the Brief: People Process Place

Subject ABPL90321 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 18-Jul-2016 to 22-Jul-2016
Assessment Period End 16-Sep-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 19-Jul-2016
Census Date 05-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 26-Aug-2016

This subject involves a pre-teaching period which requires students to read three set articles totalling 60 pages prior to commencement.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 35 hours (7 hours x 5 days)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission into one of the following courses:

MC-ARCH Master of Architecture
MC-ARCH2Y Master of Architecture (200 points)
MC-ARCH3Y Master of Architecture (300 points)
MC-LARCH Master of Landscape Architecture
MC-LARCH2Y Master of Landscape Architecture (200 points)
MC-LARCH3Y Master of Landscape Architecture (300 points)
MC-CM Master of Construction Management
MC-CONMG2Y Master of Construction Management (200 points)
MC-CONMG3Y Master of Construction Management (300 points)
MC-PROP Master of Property
MC-PROP2Y Master of Property (200 points)
MC-PROP3Y Master of Property (300 points)
MC-URPL Master of Urban Planning
234AA Master of Design
234AH Master of Design (Heritage)

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


Dr Kenn Fisher



The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Current Student:

Subject Overview:

The subject provides an insight into the design briefing process for a range of facilities, with the specific focus on learning and health environments. This subject examines evidence-based design, exemplars, planning processes including consultation and engagement, change management, spatial literacy, workplace pedagogies, androgogy, workplace cultures, affinities and relationships diagrams, schedules of accommodation and programming, it also includes the role of engaging with users/occupants of buildings and linking this to designers and other procurement consultants such as engineers, financial management and facility managers.

This subject is closely related to ABPL90322 Human Environment Relations and also to EDUC90728 Innovative Spaces & Pedagogy, the latter Unit available to ABP and MGSE students who work together on 'real' school based projects. When all three subjects are taken and then these are linked to to a Learning Environments Thesis Studio students find they have a very strong basis for framing their thesis with excellent results having been the norm.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will achieve the following graduate competencies in this unit: community and user consultation skills, research into evidence-based design, the strategic and architectural briefing process, an understanding of facility planning and programming scope of responsibilities and tools used.

  • Reading Review 800 words; due date end week three (20%);
  • Project Plan Oral – individual oral presentation 5 minutes, equivalent to 500 words, due date day 5 in week of intensive (10%);
  • Project Plan written – 500 words due date end week two (10%);
  • Major Assignment – 3200 words due date end week seven (60%).
Prescribed Texts:

Worthington & Blyth (2010), Managing the Brief for Better Design, Routledge, London.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Communication in written, diagrammatic and verbal forms, writing of briefs for different audiences, cross-disciplinary engagement working in teams.

Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 point Master of Architecture
300 point Master of Architecture
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects

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