Architectural Professional Practice 2 - 2016

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Unit summary

MAA504

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Reflection (30%) , Portfolio (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

The law, contracts and agreements as they relate to the practice of architecture, conditions of engagement, professional fees, management of commissions and an understanding of the principles of successful management in architectural offices and organisations including financial management, risks, marketing, workplace relations and quality assurance. This unit also incorporates a fieldwork component.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. evaluate options related to legal and contractual issues relevant to contemporary professional practice in the discipline.
  2. assess the management and marketing practices in a range of industry settings
  3. construct a business plan that considers management and marketing in architectural practice.
  • Assignment — Reflection (30%)
  • Portfolio (30%)
  • Presentation (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access — Continuous
  • Other special requirement — Provide an email address

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction to the law and the management of an architectural practice
2Establishing a practice and assessing the costs
3Managing a business and managing a workplace
4Marketing architectural services and client / architect relations
5SWOT analyses and quality management
6Financial management and estimating a fee
7Legal systems and employment law
8Business structures
9Common law, tort and promises
10Elements of construction contracts
11Dispute resolution in construction contracts
12Property, agency, business and statutory law

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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