CONMGNT 1008 - Introduction to Building and Landscape Architecture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

This course will provide students with a brief introduction to building and landscape architecture, the land and building markets, including what makes a new building financially viable. It will provide a basic understanding the urban regulatory environment in which development occurs, and describe the ways in which buildings and landscapes are designed, including the role of the various professionals in that process. Finally, the course will consider the outputs of the design process as an input into the construction process.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CONMGNT 1008
    Course Introduction to Building and Landscape Architecture
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours a week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description This course will provide students with a brief introduction to building and landscape architecture, the land and building markets, including what makes a new building financially viable. It will provide a basic understanding the urban regulatory environment in which development occurs, and describe the ways in which buildings and landscapes are designed, including the role of the various professionals in that process. Finally, the course will consider the outputs of the design process as an input into the construction process.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Madeline Nolan

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Weekly activities are listed in the 'Learning Activities Summary & Assessment Summary'. 
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Students will be able to identify and the roles and responsibilities of an architect and landscape architect in a large scale construction project.
    2. Students will be able to understand the large context of a major architectural role, from land viability, politics through to financing.
    3. Students will be able to explain the roles and responsibilities of an architect and landscape architect in a large scale construction project.
    4. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of what kind of processes of consultation happen and what type of specialist engagement happens.
    5. Students will be able to build abilities and in teamwork and time management for group and individual work.
    6. Students will be able to develop an understanding of the various roles, actors and processes of a construction project.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3,

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    3, 4,

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    5, 6

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    2, 3, 5

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice
    by American Institute of Architects

    This is an essential guide that provides a vast body of knowledge required to effectively manage architectural projects and practice. This book will be helpful for the assignment work in this course and for developing your knowledge for future practice in construction projects.
    Online Learning
    University Email:
    The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. So it is imperative that you check your email regularly and keep up to date with any new announcements.

    MyUni is an essential online tool which will be used to communicate information regarding the course including details of assignments and interim grades. Therefore it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the various functions of MyUni and employ it to its fullest extent.

    Discussion Board:
    The MyUni Discussion Board may be used directly for some assessment tasks. It may alos be used to interact with other students and tutors and is an essential tool to discuss information and increase your understanding of issues.

    Lecture Recording:
    Lectures will always be viewable online, and will usually be delivered 'live' at the scheduled lecture times. Efforts will also be made to record all lectures, and these recoidings will be made available in electronic format through the MyUni system for students to review on their own time and make notes. However, please note that while these audio recordings are a useful resource, they should not be considered as replacement for regular lecture attendance. Some lecture sessions may be delivered on Zoom and will attempt to be as interactive as the medium permits. Furthermore, technical issues cause delays in the availability of recordings which might affect your ability to complete ongoing tasks, not to mention technical failures which might result in certain recordings being unavailable.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Weekly course contact will consist of a 2 hour tutorial session, as well as the 1 hour lecture session. The tutorial will be delivered via a hybrid method, both online and face to face. The lecture session will be pre-recorded and released on Echo360 on Tuesdays 11:59pm each week.

    Assessment consists of online quizzes in response to the lectures, a group assignment built up from tutorial content and a written report accompanied by a project timeline.

    Coursework relies equally on pre-class preparation, during class engagement and post class work. This course has been designed to support you to achieve the course learning outcomes and develop broad skills that can be used in your academic and professional work.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided studies.

    Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management:

    Total workload hours: 12 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs
    Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 156 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 120 Hrs

    These 120 hours should be used towards preparation of weekly tasks and for completion of the various assignments associated with the course, including development of various skills required to complete the same. Please organise your time wisely.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 - Introduction 
    Lecture: Course Overview, Course Expectations, Course Assessments, Course Resources / Readings 
    Tutorial: No Tutorial 

    Week 2 
    Lecture: Foundational Elements 
    Tutorial: Pitch Perfect, The Dos and Don'ts of Pitching for a Project 

    Week 3 
    Lecture: Project Risks 
    Tutorial: Humanitarian Design Project Study & Studio Task 

    Week 4 
    Lecture: Design Process & Architect Delivery 
    Tutorial: Mock Community Consolation and Breifing Consult 

    Week 5 
    Lecture: Interior Architect Delivery 
    Tutorial: Assignment 1 - Group Presentations 

    Week 6 
    Lecture: Engineers Delivery 
    Tutorial: Introduction to Assignment 2 & Timelapse of Construction Projects

    Teaching Break - No Contact 

    Week 7
    Lecture: Landscape Architect Delivery 
    Tutorial: Final Q&A for Assignment 2 

    Week 8 
    Lecture: Value Engineering 
    Tutorial: The architecture institute and profession discussion 

    Week 9 
    Lecture: The Development Process 
    Tutorial: The landscape architecture association and profession discussion 

    Week 10 
    Lecture: Residential Building Project 
    Tutorial: Overal Project Contributions & Timelines 

    Week 11 
    Lecture: Landscape Project 
    Tutorial: No Tutorial 

    Week 12
    Lecture: Commerical or Infrastructial Project 
    Tutorial: Changes of Roles in the Construction Industry and Final Q&A for Assignment 3 

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessments  Due Dates % Comments
    Weekly Online Quizzes  Due each week Fridays, 11:59pm 10% Total Individual Assessment

    Multiple Choice Quiz based on lecture material presented 

    Assignment 1 - Design Project Due Friday 1st April, 11:59pm 20% Group Assessment (3-4 people per group)

    PowerPoint and Group Oral Presentation based on weekly tasks. 

    Statement of individual experience and the team collaboration. (Less than 200 words)

    Assignment 2  Due Tuesday 3rd May, 11:59pm 30% Individual Assessment 

    This assignment is about understanding the place and contribution of architects and landscape architect in large scale projects.

    Where do architects and landscape architects fit in the construction industry?

    PowerPoint Presentation

    Assignment 3 - Report  Due Friday 10th June, 11:59pm  40% Individual Assessment

    This is a Hurdle Assessment, so you will need a grade of 50% or more to pass the course.

    Students are required to select a project from the project list provided.

    A report to show the specific disciplinary expertise that architects and landscape architects bring to the selected projects.

    Represent that disciplinary expertise in the wider phases of the construction management project through a timeline.

    Report Text, 1000 words + Timeline

    Assessment Detail
    Details of various assessment tasks and assignments are available from MyUni through the Assignments tab.

    Marking & Feedback (General)
    • Final results for the course will only be available through Access Adelaide and students SHOULD NOT contact the course coordinator or the tutors for the same.
    • Most assignments will be marked within 3 weeks of the submission and the interim grades will be made available through the My Grades system. Students are expected to inform the Course Coordinator if there are any errors with the marks entered on the system.

    Submissions (General):
    - All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number.
    - Please adhere to submission deadlines and follow instructions provided.
    - Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course without prior approval from the Course Coordinator.
    - On occasion, the lecturer/tutor may wish to retain students’ work for future reference and the relevant student will be informed at such a time.

    Late Submission:
    - The school will NOT accept late submissions and any such assignment will receive zero marks. This also applies to electronic submissions.
    - Printing delays & hard disk crashes will not be entertained as legitimate causes for delay, so please ensure that the work is finished in advance.

    - Since the course already provides alternative assessment options for students to make up lost marks, the resubmission policy does not apply to any of the submissions in this course.

    Good practice:
    - Students should ensure that they regularly backup their work on multiple locations as hard-disk crashes are an unfortunate reality.
    - When relying on community printing/scanning facilities, students should attempt to finish their work in advance to avoid unnecessary delays.
    - Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted (digital or hardcopy), as originals may be lost during the submission process.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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