SRM750 - Built Environment Professional Practice


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students enrolled in S700, S701 or S711 must enrol in campus mode





Incompatible with:

SRM470 and SRM591

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin and includes 5 x 1 hour online seminars per trimester.


This unit has two purposes; the first is to introduce professional practice principles and the second is to explore the roles and functions of, and interactions between different types of built environment professionals. The unit has an emphasis on professional practitioner involvement in the building construction industry and the roles of architects, landscape architects and land use planners in working with the respective disciplines as well as urban designers, construction managers and other building industry professionals

In terms of principles, the students will explore the legal and ethical responsibilities of built environment professionals to clients, consultants and other parties. This exploration will enable students to contextualise professional practices, ensuring they are critiqued, understood and realised within economic, social, cultural and professional contexts. The unit also introduces the bases for professional competency and registration, principles of the law of contract, law of tort, copyright, moral rights and professional codes of conduct as they relate to built environment professionals.

Students will also learn about establishment and organisation of small practices; the collaboration process with clients; feasibility studies, negotiations with planning and building authorities, tendering, methods of building procurement (in particular the specifics of architect- or landscape architect- or planner-administered contracts), the control of the staging of pre-design, design, contract documentation and contract administration stages, and the broader relationship between the local and global contexts of professional practice.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must achieve at least 40% in the examination.

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