Courses & Units

Professional Studies KDA717


Professional Studies introduces key principles of professional practice in architecture. A curated program of guest speakers by eminent practitioners locally, nationally and internationally, exposes you to a diversity of organisations and practices within architecture and the building industry. You will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various professionals in the design and development of architectural projects, and the impact of different procurement processes, including tendering, contracts and relationships between client, architect and members of the project team.

Through research and critical interrogation of relevant literature and case studies, you will also explore alternative, contemporary and emerging forms of architectural practice in a global context and speculate on future implications for the field of architecture and the relevance to your own career trajectory. Through the course of the unit, you will gain a critical understanding of the architect's ethical responsibility to their clients, to their profession and to society. You will also develop knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements relating to architects and architectural practice and practice management and registration as an architect.


Unit name Professional Studies
Unit code KDA717
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design
Coordinator Doctor Helen Norrie
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the impact of different procurement processes on architectural projects.
  • Appraise models of architectural practice by engaging with current professional practice paradigms.
  • Discuss the ethical, legal and regulatory obligations of architectural practice.
  • Speculate on the future of local and global architectural practice through critical interrogation of relevant literature and case studies.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
040101 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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Teaching Pattern
  • Weekly workshop - 2-hours
  • Weekly lecture - 1-hour
AssessmentFuture practice: Essay (30%)|Practice contexts: Report (40%)|Professional contexts: Seminar + online discussion (30%)
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