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SRM750 - Built Environment Professional Practice

Unit details


2020 unit information

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

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





Incompatible with:

SRM470 and SRM591

Typical 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:

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.



These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Assess legislative, professional, and economic parameters required in setting up a built environment professional practice.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Work collaboratively to analyse physical
economic and social parameters
and thereby demonstrate knowledge of the stages involved in a built environment project from inception to completion and evaluate relevant contractual processes.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO7: Teamwork


Evaluate ethical dimensions of built environment professional practice
in terms of social and environmental factors
as well as the legal implications of torts and negligence

GLO4: Critical thinking


Use development planning processes and heritage issues to prepare built environment project procurement.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication


Integrate knowledge of the costing of individual projects and the economic underpinnings of running a built environment professional practice to study feasibility.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO8: Global citizenship


Understand the importance of teamwork in built environment professional practice
both within a practice, and in terms of working with sub-/secondary consultants.

GLO2: Communication
GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Project initiation Professional fee, services proposal and engagement letter, 2,000-word total 30% Week 5
Planning work Collaborative work: Organisation agreement, minutes and list, and report. Approximately 3,000-words 30% Week 10
Examination 2-hour written examination 40% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

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

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SRM750 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

Unit Fee Information

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