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The course is intended to introduce students to and cover the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. (AACA) National Competency Standards for Architects (NCSA) related to Architectural Practice.
The NCSA covers a wide range of learning objectives related to Architectural Practice. This includes acquisition of Knowledge and Skills and the application of this knowledge and skills in the following NCSA units.
Unit 1: Design Project Briefing (Elements 1.1, 1.2, 1.4 and 1.5); Unit 2: Design and Pre-Design (Elements 2.1, 2.2 & 2.3); Unit 3 Design: Conceptual Design (Elements 3.1, 3.4 & 3.6); Unit 4 Design: Schematic Design (Element 4.4); Unit 5 Documentation: Detailed Design (Element 5.3); Unit 6 Documentation: Documentation (Elements 6.2 & 6.4); Unit 7 Project Delivery: Procurement (Element 7.1); Unit 8 Project Delivery: Construction Stage (Element 8.1); Unit 9: Practice Management: (Element 9.1, 9.5, 9.6, 9.7 and 9.8).
Intended learning outcomes
At the conclusion of the course students should be able to demonstrate:
- A knowledge of the Australian architectural profession including its professional norms, ethics, registration pathways, and regulatory contexts;
- A knowledge of how to instigate, develop and operate appropriate practice model in a business context;
- Skills in preparing feasibility and fee proposals by choosing and costing various architectural services for different types of building projects;
- The ability to communicate in writing to clients the specific legal and ethical aspects of architectural services in a given project situation. In particular those related to: Negligence, Contract Responsibilities, Insurance, Planning and Regulatory Issues, and Copyright and Intellectual Property;
- The ability to analyse situations in order to prepare for and develop appropriate tactics in different procurement, selection, tendering and negotiation contexts;
- Commensurate with the student’s individual architectural experience. To anticipate, manage and propose solutions for the project risks that might arise in the architectural practice lifecycle;
- A knowledge of future practice, research and innovation as it relates to the architectural profession;
- A knowledge of gender and cross-cultural issues as it relates to the professional practice of architecture.
Particular attention is given, both in lecture and assignment content, to the development of the following abilities:
- To anticipate and solve problems within the context of architectural practice.
- To understand the different modes and protocols of business communication and negotiation.
- To work in small teams and to understand issues of leadership and performance that affect team outcomes.
- To negotiate in different situations and contexts.
- Project management skills.
Last updated: 2 December 2019