Course Title: Read and interpret plans and specifications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: BUIL6239C

Course Title: Read and interpret plans and specifications

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4327 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4338

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

David King

Phone: 9925 4334


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


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to read and interpret plans and specifications applicable to low rise residential and commercial projects in order to inform estimation, planning and supervisory activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC4012B Read and interpret plans and specifications


1. Identify types of drawings and their purposes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Purpose and advantage of different types of drawings are identified.

1.2 Different aspects of drawings are identified.


2. Apply commonly used symbols and abbreviations

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Commonly used symbols and abbreviations on drawings are identified, understood and applied

2.2 Common building and construction terms used on drawings are identified, understood and applied


3. Locate and identify key features on a site plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Building site is identified from location drawings.

3.2 True north and building orientation are identified from details provided on site plan.

3.3 Key features of site plan are identified.


4. Identify and locate key features on drawings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Key features of plans, elevations and sections are identified.

4.2 Client requested variations to standard plans are identified on drawings.


5. Correctly read and interpret specifications

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Provisional sum (PS) and prime cost (PC) values are identified and correctly applied.

5.2 Customer variations to standard specifications are identified.

5.3 Correct interpretations of essential elements are applied to estimation, planning and supervisory tasks and are communicated.

5.4 Building codes or standards affecting the work to be undertaken are identified, including references to Australian standards and the National Construction Code (NCC).


6. Identify non-structural aspects to the specification

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Key features of products included in the specification are identified, including the design, purpose, aesthetics and cost relationships.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities:
Students will be taught through a number of planned activities.
Activities in plan reading and completing industry specifications will be deliverable via Blackboard and online components, along with face to face lectures.
Students will be observed through their planned activities.

Teaching Schedule



The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

LessonTopics DeliveredElements / Performance Criteria

Overview of course and online platform
Introduction of working drawings via Blackboard
Online workshop Online Task 1

1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1

 Identify different types of drawings

Identify different aspects of drawings

Identify and using scales

 1.1, 1.2, 4.1,
3Identify Abbreviations, hatching and symbols in working drawings  2.1, 2.2,

 Revision of weeks 1 - 3

Assessment 1: Online assessment quiz 15%

1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1
5Use of site drawings1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3,

 How to read contour lines

Identify TBM and RL’s on site drawings

7Using details, variations and revision triangles 4.2,6.1,
8Introduction to standards and National Construction Code and their application 5.3, 5.4,

 Introduction to specifications including

  • Legislation as part of contract documentation
  • Lay out of specifications and presentation
 5.1, 5.3, 6.1,
10 Practical work on specifications 6.1,

 Identify PC items and use PC tables

 5.1, 5.3, 6.1
12Identify PS sums and use of PS tables 5.1, 5.3,  6.1

Work on assessment 2.Class review

14 Assessment 2: Practical Task 70%
15 Variations and revision triangles 1.1, 1.2, 4.1, 4.2, 6.1
16 Assessment 3: Online quiz 15% 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1
17 Review of course 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1
18Student feedback 


Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is minimum 12 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Full suite of working drawings Including:

  • Floor Plans
  • North, South, East and West Elevations
  • Sectional Drawings
  • Site Plans
  • Notes
  • 3D representations
  • Set of Specifications:
  • All Document’s available through Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written, oral, practical tasks and activities. You will be asked to personally demonstrate to your teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards. Assessment activities will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment One - Online quiz, 15%. Due week 4

Assessment Two - Project based assessment 70%. Due week 13

Assessment Three - Online quiz 15%. Due week 16

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs CPCCBC4012B Elements and Performance Criteria
Assessment 1XX X X          
Assessment 2 X X X X X X X   X X X X X
Assessment 3 X X      X X     X

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:
• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course
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Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:
• Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• Maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development
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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
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Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date.
Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the university.
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Email Communication:

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