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Professional Orientation (Built Environment) (10334.3)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment


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This unit explores the concept of professional practice as it relates to the diverse work practitioners of the Built Environment produce, and the processes by which they produce it. The unit covers the aspirations and practicalities of professional operation and considers contemporary demands for new levels of professionalism that address emergent global transformations and challenges. Through industry, community and professional bodies' engagement students will develop an understanding of the nuances of professional identity and practice as they relate to the various disciplines of the Built Environment; gaining an understanding of required knowledge and expertise and the way in which these are applied within the diverse demands of professional practice.

Methodologically, students will examine the diverse employment opportunities available to them, including creative and entrepreneurial approaches to professional employment, and will start their career awareness and planning through approaches such as five year plans and eportfolios.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify the personal skills, capabilities and knowledge necessary to meet the work standards expected by the built environment professions in the workplace;

2. Synthesise career planning and industry knowledge to map out personal academic and professional goals;

3. Explain the interdependencies and nuances of the various built environment professions and identify the evolving responsibilities of the built environment professional to address contemporary global challenges; and

4. Demonstrate an understanding of professionalism in an academic context in terms of academic integrity and responsibility.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 1 hour seminar and one 2 hour workshop/masterclass per week.





Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

10333 Professional Orientation (Arts),
10335 Professional Orientation (Communication and Media),
10336 Professional Orientation (Design)

Equivalent Units

9799 Foundations of Professional Planning

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