Architectural Professional Practice 1

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
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About this unit

The Architectural Professional Practice 1 online unit, which is provided by Open Universities Australia and Curtin University, covers fundamental areas of learning required to work as a professional architect.

The main topics addressed include: the roles of different industry participants; project cost management; consultant and client agreements; the tendering process; ethics within the architecture industry; and a comprehensive explanation of architectural specifications.

After completing this unit, students will be able to provide a design proposal through combined approaches, prepare architectural specifications to industry standard, and evaluate the implications of architects’ designs. This unit is assessed through a number of exercises, an invigilated exam and a report.

Eligibility

In order to complete this unit, you must have been accepted into the Master of Architecture at Curtin University.

Areas of study

In this Architectural Professional Practice 1 unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction: the industry participants, their roles and procurement options
  • The role of the contractor and the quantity surveyor
  • Project cost management and site investigations considerations
  • Tendering
  • Contract administration
  • Architectural specifications
  • Conditions of tender and preliminaries in specifications
  • Trade sections in specifications
  • Painting specifications and schedules of finishes
  • Consultant and client agreements
  • Letters of intent, progress certificates and variations
  • Professional ethics and professional communications

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Architecture, Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

By completing this unit, students will be able to employ a multidisciplinary approach to plan a design proposal, prepare architectural specifications to industry standards, evaluate the construction implications of architects’ design and understand the roles of the quantity surveyor and contractor in the building process.

In addition, the Architectural Professional Practice 1 is a core unit that all students wishing to obtain an accredited architectural qualification must complete in order to advance in this career path.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Architectural Professional Practice 1 from Curtin University
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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