Course Title: Read and interpret plans and specifications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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

Cathryn Kite
Ph: +61 3 9925 4612

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

Students will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency:
• Face to Face classes
• Simulated Workplace Learning
• Online learning via blackboard
• Other forms of structured teaching and learning
Students will be observed and assessed through their planned activities throughout the duration of the course

Teaching Schedule


WeekTopics Delivered
 1-2Introduction to course materials
Initial sketches, concept plans, preliminary and final drawings, contour plans, site plans, 
3-4Symbols and abbreviations, construction terms, sectional drawings, true north and building orientation land and feature plans
5-6CAD drawings and services 
7-8Isometric drawings

Client variations and Project supervision  

11-12Specifications Provisional sum and Prime cost 
13-14Building Code of Australia 
15Review Session
16Assessment Tasks Reviewed


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

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

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.


Weight %

Assessment 1

Workbook Assessment


Assessment 2

Case Study Project


Assessment Matrix


Element / Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1

Assessment 2













































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

Please refer to  to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

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
 Please refer to  to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

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:
Please refer to  to find more information about special consideration.

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:
All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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