Course Title: Cut and penetrate building materials and structures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: BUIL6130

Course Title: Cut and penetrate building materials and structures

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C2214 - Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager - Warren James
Tel: +61 3 9925 4632

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to identify the properties of building materials and structures to facilitate cutting and penetration where required to fulfil job tasks.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20533 Cut and penetrate building materials and structures


1. Plan to cut or penetrate building materials

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Building structures are discussed to determine
composition and method of construction.
1.2 Types and properties of building materials are discussed
to determine appropriate tools to make cuts or
1.3 Safety (OHS) and environmental requirements to safely
cut or penetrate building materials are discussed to
identify potential hazards.
1.4 Correct terminology is used when discussing building
materials, structures and cutting and penetrating
1.5 Quality assurance requirements are identified and
adhered to in accordance with workplace requirements.
1.6 Principles of sustainability are applied to work
preparation and plumbing application.


2. Prepare to cut or penetrate building materials or structures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Appropriate tools are selected to perform cuts or
penetrations on building materials or building structures.
2.2 Plans and specifications for the job are discussed with the
supervisor to determine the sequence of tasks.
2.3 Mark outs are assessed and checked for obstructions or
hazards prior to making cuts or penetrations.
2.4 Personal protective equipment (PPE) relevant to the
specific tool, material and task is selected and PPE is
fitted correctly.


3. Perform cuts or penetrations to building materials or structures

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Safety (OHS) and environmental requirements associated
with the cutting or penetrating of building materials or
structures are adhered to and provide a safe workplace
3.2 Materials are appropriately secured to perform cuts or
3.3 Cutting or penetrating tools and equipment are used
following manufacturers’ recommendations to complete
job task.
3.4 Cuts and penetrations are executed to materials and
structures to fulfil job task.


4. Clean up work area

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Work area is cleaned and waste is disposed of or recycled
in accordance with the state or territory legislation and
workplace procedures.
4.2 Tools and equipment are cleaned, checked for
serviceability and stored in accordance with the workplace
4.3 Materials and waste are disposed, recycled or stored in
accordance with the state or territory legislation and
workplace procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities include in class workbook activities and researching industry practices and standards. This may include online learning activities. Students are expected to undertake practical tasks and documentation to relevant industry standards to include sustainability and W.H.S.principals

Teaching Schedule


Session Number Topic                                                                 






Session  1 Theory lesson & underpinning questions RMIT workbook Australian standards 114 & HB 391.1 - 4.3 Assessment 1 underpinning questions
Session 2 Practical assessment  2 Wall penetration Wall penetration through plaster / weatherboard construction as per plan, to fit wall vent +0-2mm 1.2 - 4.3 Assessment 2
Session 3 Practical assessment  3 Synthetic collar Pierced roof penetration50mm UPVC using synthetic collar to HB39 & AS 114 1.2 - 4.3 Assessment 3
Session 4 Practical assessment  4 Synthetic collar Deck roof penetration ,50 mm UPVC through rib using synthetic collar to HB 39 & AS 114 1.2 - 4.3 Assessment 4
Session 5 Practical assessment  5 Deck penetration Penetrate & flash metal duct 200 by 200mm , zincalume metal roof between two ribs installed to HB39 standard 1.2 - 4.3 Assessment 5
Session 6 Practical assessment  6 Deck roof flashing Lay & flash roof to HB39 & AS 114 , installing a Soaker , Barge & Apron flashing to + or - 2 mm 1.2 - 4.3 Assessment 6
Session 7 Practical assessment 7 Pierced roof flashingLay & flash roof to HB39 & AS 114 , installing a Soaker , Barge & Apron flashing to + or - 2 mm 1.2 - 4.3 Assessment 7


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

RMIT workbook , cut & penetrate building materials & structures


Other Resources

AS 114  &  HB 39

Lysaght  Web site

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards.
Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete three different types of assessment tasks
1. Assessment 1 - Completion of underpinning questions ( 10% weighing)
2. Assessment 2 - Practical assessment.                               ( 10% weighing)

3. Assessment 3 - Practical assessment.                               ( 10% weighing)

4. Assessment 4 - Practical assessment.                               ( 10% weighing)

5  Assessment 5 - Practical assessment.                                ( 20% weighing)

6  Assessment 6 - Practical assessment.                                ( 20% weighing)

7. Assessment 7 - Practical assessment.                               ( 20% weighing)
To successfully complete this unit, a student needs to be deemed competent (CA grade) in all both assessment tasks.
Grading Criteria:
NYC - Not yet competent
CA - Competence Achieved
DNS - Did not submit assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task                Element/ PC                                                              Percentage Weighting

Assessment 1                     -  Underpinning questions   1.1 to  4.3                                 10%
Assessment 2                     -  Practical assessment       1.2 to 4.3                                  10% 

Assessment 3                      - Practical assessment       1.2 to 4.3                                  10%
Assessment 4                      - Practical assessment       1.2 to 4.3                                  10%

Assessment 5                      - Practical assessment       1.2 to 4.3                                   20%

Assessment 6                      - Practical assessment       1.2 to 4.3                                   20%

Assessment 7                      - Practical assessment       1.2 to 4.3                                   20%

Other Information

Academic Misconduct

Students are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism in oral or written presentations is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their work is kept in a secure place. It is also a disciplinary offence for students to allow their work to be plagiarized by another student.
Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of copyright material. It is strongly recommended that students refer to the Guidelines for Students at the RMIT University Homepage.

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