The unit aims to provide knowledge of basic contract law and building contracts; as well as information about, and skills in, the production of working drawings, specifications and opinions of probable construction costs, as commonly prepared by an architect. On the successful completion of this unit of study, students will have demonstrated: a competent ability in the production of working drawings, specifications and cost control for the building designed during the semester studio; an ability to communicate this documentation to clients, statutory authorities, consultants, tenderers, contractors and sub-contractors etc. such that they are able to understand what is required to be built; an understanding of the significance of contract documents in contracts, the relationship between contract documents and relevant law, and the provision of a context for understanding the full examination of commonly used building contracts in the Management in Architecture unit of study; an ability in the making of working drawings and specifications, the coordination of these documents into contact documents; an understanding of the role of consultants with specific reference to cost control, and the management of the process. This unit is core to the Master of Architecture. Contact hours: 3 hours per week. Class preparation and assessment preparation: 39 hours per semester.
Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week.
4 assignments (40%); contract documentation set (60%)