Course Title: Read and interpret plans and specifications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: BUIL6239C

Course Title: Read and interpret plans and specifications

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4338 - Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Warren James

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 include in class workbook activities and researching industry practices and standards. This may include online learning activities. Students are expected to undertake read & interpret plans to relevant industry standards to include sustainability and WHS principles. 

Teaching Schedule


Week beginning/SessionTopicLearning Activities/ResourcesElements/ Performance criteriaAssessments         
Session 1Training schedule/breakdown.
Pre training review.

Discuss various types of plans.

Students do an LLN assessment.
Trainer delivers lesson on various plans.
1.2, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3,

Assessment 1 - LLN.
Session 2

Building terminology and symbols.

Identify key details from plans.

Trainer delivers lesson on symbols, terminology and key plan details.
2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3


Session 3

Identify key details (cont’d).

Identify variations to plans.

Trainer delivers lesson on client requests and variations.
4.1, 4.2 
Session 4

Identify provisional sums & costs from specifications.

Plan tasks & calculate quantities.

Discuss relevant standards and codes.

Trainer delivers lesson on identifying costs, planning tasks.

Introduce codes.


5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4


Session 5Hand out main assignment.Trainer hands out main assignment and guides students through requirements.6.1 
Session 6

Revise course.

Discuss main assignment.




Trainer discusses course and main assignment.

Collect student feedback forms.

6.1 Assessment 2 - Main Assisgnment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


AS5601 - 2013

Other Resources

Building code of Australia.



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 must pass the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.


Task 1

Main Assignment


These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix 


Performance Criteria Covered

Task 1






























To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.


Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete three different types of assessment tasks
1. Assessment 1 - LLN Quiz .
2. Assessment 2 – Main assignment.

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

Assessment Matrix


Assessment Task                                                      Element                         Percentage                Weighting
Assessment 1 - LLN Quiz 1.1 - 3.320
Assessment 2 - Written assignment on appliance  clearances                                                           1.1 - 6.180


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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