Course Title: Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for medium-rise building projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: BUIL5860C

Course Title: Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for medium-rise building projects

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5201 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email: engineering-tafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 200

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

None

Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply relevant building codes and standards applicable to the construction processes of medium-rise
commercial and wide span buildings (medium-rise licensing classification with reference to Class 1 and 10 construction; Class 2 and 3 to a maximum of 3 storeys;
Class 4 to 9 to a maximum of 3 storeys, not including Type A construction).
To successfully construct medium-rise buildings requires a thorough knowledge of the purpose and content of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) coupled with the ability to interpret other codes and standards related to a specific building.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BCGBC5001A Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for medium-rise building projects

Element:

1. Access and interpret relevant code and standard requirements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant performance requirements from the BCA that
      apply to individual projects (classified as medium rise )
      are identified.
1.2 Requirements of relevant BCA deemed-to-satisfy (DTS)
      provisions are determined.
1.3 Requirements of relevant Australian standards referenced
      in the BCA are accessed and interpreted appropriately .

Element:

2. Classify buildings.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Nature of a building according to use and arrangement is
       determined.
2.2 BCA criteria to determine the defined classification are
       applied.
2.3 BCA requirements for multiple classifications are identified
      and interpreted.

Element:

3. Analyse and apply a range of solutions to a construction problem for compliance with the BCA.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Range of criteria that will ensure construction methods
      comply with the performance requirements of the BCA is
      determined.
3.2 Alternative solutions to a design or construction problem
      that will comply with BCA requirements are discussed and
      proposed in accordance with company policies and
      procedures.
3.3 Performance-based solutions are identified and
      documented in accordance with BCA requirements.
3.4 Assessment methods referenced in the BCA to
      determine whether a building solution complies with 
      performance requirements or DTS provision of the BCA
      are analysed and applied.
3.5 Relevant documentation is identified and completed in
      accordance with BCA requirements.

Element:

4. Apply fire protection requirements.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Passive and active fire control elements required by the
       BCA and other legislation are identified.
4.2 Level of fire resistance required for the construction of
       various medium rise buildings is determined.
4.3 BCA requirements with respect to passive and active fire
       protection to medium rise buildings are identified and
       applied.
4.4 Check of existing buildings for compliance with passive
       and active fire protection requirements is carried out in
       accordance with BCA requirements.


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Students will learn through a number of planned activities (face to face classes, workplace/site visits, simulated workplace learning, online learning via blackboard and 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

 

Semester

Topic Content Delivery

Topic Content Delivery.

 BCA Volume 1 and Australian Standards

Volume One
pertains primarily to Class 2 to 9 buildings
BCA  Volume 2 and Australian Standards

Volume Two pertains primarily to Class 1 and 10 buildings (houses, sheds, carports, etc)
1 and 2

Interpretation
Acceptance of Design and Construction
Classification of Buildings and Structures
United Buildings

Structural Provisions

Fire Resistance and Stability
Compartmentation and Separation
Protection of Openings

Provision for Escape
Construction of Exits
Access for People with Disabilities

Fire Fighting Equipment
Smoke Hazard Management
Lift Installations
Emergency Lighting, Exit Signs and Warning Systems

Minor Structures and Components
Heating Appliances, Fireplaces, Chimneys and Flues
Atrium Construction
Construction in Alpine Areas
Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas

Theatres, Stages and Public Halls

Equipment and Safety Installations
Energy Efficiency Installations

Building Fabric
External Glazing
Building Sealing
Air Movement
Air-conditioning and Ventilation Systems
Artificial Lighting and Power
Hot Water Supply
Access for Maintenance

Incorporated Australian Standards

Introduction - Contents and features

Structure


Damp and Weatherproofing


Fire safety


Health and amenity


Safe movement and access


Energy Efficiency.

State and Territory Additions.

Incorporated Australian Standards



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Building Code of Australia Volume 1 and Building Code of Australia Volume 2


References

Australian Standards - students to be advised in class.


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed by the application of design principles and solutions specified in BCA (Building Code of Australia) performance requirements or deem to satisfy provisions applicable to a particular building project.
Assessment may be carried out in the workplace or a simulated environment.


Assessment Tasks

This course is conducted in two separate parts. One is the study of Volume 1 of the BCA and selected Australian Standards incorporated into it. The other is the study of Volume 2 and selected Australian Standards incorporated into it. 

For each part there are 3 assignments which include project based assessments, and 4 learning outcomes tests. The culmination of all assessments contributes to the final result for this course.
Under special circumstances extension to assessment may be granted. Students are to follow RMIT Special Consideration Policy found in RMIT Policies and procedures link http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=3g3whh1vttr0z;STATUS=A;SECTION=19;PAGE_AUTHOR=Chancellery (unresolved)

Assessment Tasks
Assessment 1- 3 – Project Based Assessment
The project based assessments will focus on different elements of the learning activities and address the students ability to both problem solve and provide meaningful solutions to the practical exercises that cover:

- Relevant performance requirements from the BCA that  apply to individual projects (classified as medium rise ).

- Other Topics to be informed by the teacher due to the different content of Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the BCA.

The project based assessments will have a weighting of between 10 - 15% each of the final overall assessment mark (final weighting will be advised by teacher).


Assessments 4, 5, 6 and 7  – Written Learning Outcomes Tests (Open book/closed book as indicated by the teacher)


This written learning outcome tests will a cover elements not assessed in the assignments/project based assessment. 
These tests will have a weighting of 10  - 15% % each of the final overall assessment mark. (final weighting will be advised by teacher).

The culmination of all assessments contributes to the final result for this course.
All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CA (Competency Achieved) grade. (65% equates to being competent per assessment).
A competent grade for each assessment is required to pass this course..


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Competency requirements:
To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.
Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CA (Competency Achieved) grade. (65% equates to being competent per assessment). A competent grade for each assessment is required to pass this course..
Each assessment task will also carry a numerical weighting to be used for grading purposes. The grade applied to this weighting will only be awarded if a CA has been achieved in all compulsory assessment tasks.
If a student has been marked NYC (Not Yet Competent) in any of the assessment tasks, the weighting will carry no value until the student has obtained CA.
If a CA is achieved on re-assessment then a maximum mark of 50% of the original weighting will be granted for that assessment.

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