ARCHPRM 701 : Practice Management

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

The New Zealand legal system and the law of contract and torts; negotiations, negligence, disputes and remedies relevant to architects in practice. An examination of the requirements for establishing and maintaining an architectural practice as a business venture as well as strategic market management, financial planning, insurance and taxation.

Course Overview

The course is structured around four half-day Workshops and Practitioner Guest Panels, where students engage with graduates, architects and other practitioners and a variety of approaches to practice management.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the requirements for establishing and maintaining an architectural practice (Capability 1.2, 2.1 and 2.2)
  2. Demonstrate the ability to critically engage with architectural practice matters and advocacy (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3)
  3. Demonstrate advanced communication abilities regarding professional practice matters through a range of visual and communication media (Capability 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3)
  4. Demonstrate good judgement and ethical behaviour in individual tasks and group works (Capability 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3)
  5. Demonstrate ability to critically reflect on current practice management approaches and how they relate to our environmental, social and cultural environments (Capability 2.1, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignment 1 30% Group Coursework
Assignment 2 70% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Assignment 1
Assignment 2

Late submissions will be considered on medical and special grounds when supported by a health or other professional's advice, and when the application is made according to the following procedure. Requests for extensions of time must be submitted and approved at least one week before the due date, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Students applying for an extension of time must obtain an ‘Extension of Time Form for Coursework Submission’ from the School of Architecture and Planning Office (6th floor of the Architecture Building, Building 421, 26 Symonds Street), complete the required details and attach any relevant document. Late submission forms must be signed by the appropriate School staff. Coursework not received by the due date, and for which no extension of time has been approved, will receive zero grades for Assignment 1 and a ‘DNC’ (Did Not Complete) for Assignment 2.

Teaching & Learning Methods

The course is delivered via four 4-hour workshops, each followed by a 2-hour Practitioner Guest Panel. The Workshops and Panels are timetabled to be spread over the full semester. 
Each Workshop includes the delivery of three or four lectures, coupled with break-out sessions for discussion of the lecture content in small groups.
Each Workshop will be followed by a 2-hour Practitioner Panel. Each panel is made up of graduates, architects and/or practitioners from a variety of practice types. Students ask questions of each panel on a range of course topics, building up an understanding of the breadth of practice management models.
Learning opportunities will be through reading course material / lecture handouts, attending Workshops, participating in small-group discussions and attending the Panel discussions. A final tutorial after Crit Week will allow opportunity to discuss the Panels and final assignment.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 22 hours of lectures / workshops and 128 hours of self-directed study to work on assignments preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. 
The course will include live online events including group discussions.
The activities for the course are scheduled as per the additional course information provided by the Course Director on Canvas at the beginning of the semester.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Required reading is contained in the lecture handouts, the main source of material required for the course. The lecture handouts also include links to websites of relevance as well as suggestions and references for further reading.

Students will also, at various stages of the course, be supplied with exemplar assignments to inform their own work.

Health & Safety

Not applicable.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Student feedback received via SET in previous course offering has contributed to the continuous improvement of this course. Students are therefore warmly invited to complete the SET/Qualtrics/OLE evaluations at the end of the semester and to provide their feedback on this course and teachers. 

Other Information

The OPTIONAL assignment 2A (submitting a draft of Assignment 2 essay, based on the first few panels and coursework topics) allows students to receive formative feedback that is not graded /  will not contribute to the final grade, but will provide advice of use for assignment 2.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 06/05/2022 10:35 a.m.