Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Architecture
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Bruce Allen


Professional Studies 2 exposes students to the complex and evolving contexts of local and global architectural practice. The unit introduces salient issues of financial dynamics, business management and ethical practices in relation to architecture. Project-based exercises enable students to strategically position themselves within contemporary practice. The unit fosters critical engagements with and entrepreneurial approaches to architectural practice.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the financial, business and ethical contexts shaping local and global architectural practice.
  2. Gain familiarity with management practices and their application to the development of the built environment.
  3. Have developed awareness of the building industry and alternative methods for procurement.
  4. Have an understanding of professional ethics in relation to architectural practice.
  5. Understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study.


100% mixed mode

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 3 contact hours and 9 hours of independent study or equivalent.

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