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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

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:

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


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


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 .


2. Classify buildings.

Performance Criteria:

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


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
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
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.


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
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



Topic Content Delivery

Commercial part of course

Topic Content Delivery.

Residential part of course 


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

Week 1

Introduction and Course overview.Classes of buildings Class 1 to Class 10 including 2 to 9 Commercial buildings.

Week 2

Building legislation and the BCA.
Underpinning Knowledge.
Australian Standards. Multiple classifications.

Week 3 - BCA Structure. Sections of BCA. E.g. A to J. Objectives and related Performance requirements. Deemed to Satisfy Provisions. Underpinning Knowledge

Week 4 - Develop skill in BCA use. Index. Interpretation Part A1. State Variations.

Week 5 & 6 - Section C

Fire resistance & stability. Terms & definitions.
FRL Fire resistance level. Structural adequacy / integrity / insulation.

Week 7

Part C3 Protection of Openings. Fire doors, shutters, windows, type and use.

Week 8, 9 & 10 Access & Egress

Part D1 Provision for Escape. Travel distances & distance between exits. Construction of Exits. Use table D1.13. Swinging doors, operation of a latch, Construction of stairs Rise, going, hand rails, balustrades. Access for People with Disabilities.

Week 11 & 12

Section E Services & equipment. As in the BCA. Fire Hydrants, Fire hose reels, sprinklers, portable fire extinguishers.
Excludes study of Australian Standards in any depth. Part E4 Emergency Lighting, Exit Signs and Warning Systems

Week 13 to 17

Section F. Health & Amenity. Damp and weatherproofing. Sanitary and other facilities. Room sizes F3. Light and Ventilation F4 Natural light, artificial light, borrowed light. F 5 Sound transmission and insulation. Applies to class 2 & 3 buildings FF5. Airborne sound and impact generated. FP 5.2, F5.4 floors and F5.5 walls. Selecting floor & wall types to provide required sound insulation.

Week 18

Folio submission. Concluding Semester 1.

Week 19

Lightweight Construction C1.8 and Specification C1.8.

Week 20

Fire Hazard Properties C1.10. Specifications C1.10 and 1.10a.

Week 21 & 22

Section C
Fire Resistance – Further study. Section C2 Compartmentation and Separation. Use of fire walls C2.7 Separation of equipment C2.12
Electrical Supply System, C2.13 Bounding Construction C3.11
Various requirements for Openings related to shafts, services, construction joints C3.13 to C3.17 Also Specification C3.15. Specification C1.1 Fire protection of another part, lintels, attachments, general concessions and mezzanine floors. Also C1.11. External Walls in a Fire and Specification C1.1. Type B Construction. 4.1, 4.2 carparks and the 4.3 concessions.

Week 23 & 24

Part B1 Structural Provisions including the role of adopted Australian Standards. Determinations of individual actions
Week 24 - Part E2. - Smoke Hazard management Smoke door, Smoke reservoir, smoke exhaust systems, smoke & heat vents, Air handling system HVAC, Smoke detection methods.

Week 25

Section G. Ancillary Provisions. Part G1 minor structures and components G1.1 Swimming pools. G2 Heating Appliances, Fireplaces, Chimneys and Flues. G3 Atrium Construction. Construction in Alpine Areas

Week 26

Section H Special Use Buildings H1 Theatres, Stages and Public Halls and Section I Maintenance. Equipment and Safety Installations I2 Energy Efficiency Installations

Week 27 & 28

Section J Energy Efficiency. Requirements for Building Fabric, Glazing, Building Sealing, Air Movement, Air-conditioning and Ventilation Systems, Artificial Lighting and Power, Hot Water Supply and Access for Maintenance. Verification using a reference building and computer programs in assessing a buildings Energy Efficiency

Week 29 to Week 31.

Australian Standards. Content awareness and use of selected Parts.
Piling. Concrete. Masonry. AS 1684. Steel
Fire Protection ESA/M ratio. Aust Standard related to Fire Hydrants, hose reels and Portable Fire Extinguishers.

Week 32 to 35.

Building Documentation checking. Method for drawings, Specification. Construction Problem Solutions to BCA requirements. A proposed Building Design Plan Check related to construction problems. Construction Problem Solutions to BCA requirements. Alternative Solutions. Outlining the process to achieve a BCA Alternative solution and apply this process to a construction problem. Briefly revise A0.3 to A0.10 A2.2 Evidence of Suitability. Construction Problem Solutions to BCA requirements. 3.4 Assessment methods. Existing Building Plan Check. Construction Problem
Solutions to BCA requirements.

Week 36

Finalising course

Week 1 to 3

Introduction to the course. Recommend booklets. AS 2870 - definitions. Different footing systems. Related BCA clauses.

Week 4 & 5

AS2870 - Raft slab. Soil test results. Fill. BCA 3.2. AS2870. Waffle slab and details.

Week 6

AS 2870 Strip Footing and details. Alternative footings – twist piles, driven piles. Masonry veneer - flashing and weep holes. Pier and Beam. Concrete Shrinkage control. Stumps.

Week 7 & 8

Timber Framing Introduction. Forest & Wood Products. Framing – AS1684. Design of timber frame and forces on buildings. Compression and Tension Timber grading. Durability.
Timber species.

Week 9

AS1684 – Timber grading. Stress grading. Engineered Timber. Rafter length mathematics.

Week 10

AS1684 – RLW & FLW. Intro to span tables - span & spacing. Timber stress colours. Gables, hip end, dutch gable & “L” shape house with hips. Load bearing walls.

Week 11 & 12

AS 1684 – Sect 4. Wall Framing

Week 13 - 16

Bracing – Roof & Wall. Bracing. Tie Down. AS1684 Bracing - racking force. Bracing - Wall continued & Stumps Bracing. BCA - Wind speed and wind zones of Australia. Tie Down & Tie Down. AS1684 – Sec 9 - “simplified table”. Tile roof, truss span 1684.4.

Week 17 and 18

Test on Timber Framing. Ending of semester.

Week 19 & 20.

Planning test. BCA 3.1. Site prep. Earth works, Drainage, Termites.

Week 21

National Construction Code information. Vol 2. Part 3.1 Site Preparation, Earthworks, Drainage, Angle of repose, surface water, ground under bearers, Termite protection.

Week 22 & 23.

BCA 3.2. – Cut and Fill. Controlled and Rolled Fill. BCA
Part 3.3.Masonry, Bricks, Mortar, Articulation, Joints, Mortar Joints, Unreinforced masonry. Exposure conditions. mortar mixes articulation joint detail. Reinforced masonry, accessories, weatherproofing of Masonry.

Week 24

BCA 3.4
Framing. Sub Floor ventilation. Steel Framing. Strctural steel framing.

Week 25

BCA 3.5. Roof & Wall Cladding. Gutters & Down pipes.

Week 26

BCA 3.6. Glazing.

Week 27 & 28

BCA 3.7.
Fire Safety. Fire separation. Smoke Alarms. Heating Appliances.

Week 29 3.7.4.

Bushfire Areas.

Week 30 & 31

BCA. 3.8.
Health & Safety. Wet Areas. Room Heights. Light.Ventilation. Sound Insulation.

Week 32

BCA 3.8 - Health & Safety cont.

Week 33

BCA 3.9. Safe Movement and Access. Stair Construction. Balustrades. Swimming Pools

Week 34

BCA 3.12. Energy Efficiency.
Building Fabric.

Week 35 & 36

Finalising of courses as required. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


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. 

BCA Volume 1 and Australian Standards. Commercial part of course

Assessment 1 - Folio  - students are observed doing exercises in class. The completed work is kept in a folio to be submitted at the end of semesters 1 and 2. The exercises are themselves not marked. A mark is allocated for the work - effort, interest, questions and attempting to complete the exercise with correct solutions.  - 20% 

Assessment 2 - Assignment 1 - Classes of Buildings. - 10%

Assessment 3 - Test No. 1 Closed book  - Underpinning Knowledge – BCA – goal of, structure and how to use .Active fire control elements required by the BCA.- 10% 

Assessment 4 - Test No.2 - Open Book (BCA or NCC - Teacher to confirm.) -  Fire Resistance, Access and Egress. Health and Amenity. - 20%

 Assessment 5 - Assignment No 2 -  BCA Objectives Functional, Statements Performance Requirements, Deemed to Satisfy Solutions. - 20%
Assessment 6 - Test No 3 - Open Book - Section C fire Resistance, Section G Ancillary Provisions, Section H Special Use Buildings and Section I Maintenance. - 10%

 Assessment 7 - Test No 4 - Open Book - (May include a closed book part) - Australian Standards. Section J.- 10% 

BCA Volume 2 and Australian Standards. Residential part of course. 

Assessment 1 - Assignment No 1 - Building Classes - 10%

Assessment 2 - Test No 1 - AS 2870 -10%

Assessment 3 - Test No 2 - AS 2870 -10%

Assessment 4 - Test No 3 - AS 1684 -10%

Assessment 5 - Test No 4 - AS 1684 -10%

A Portfolio of student activities operates for the duration of the course. It is handed in at the end of semester 1 and semester 2.

Portfolio Semester 1 - 20%.

Portfolio Semester 2 - 30%

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;ID=3g3whh1vttr0z;STATUS=A;SECTION=19;PAGE_AUTHOR=Chancellery

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Competency requirements and Grading:

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. Observation of students performing work is used to confirm competency.

All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CP (Competent with Pass) to pass this course. In any assessment 50% equates to being Competent with Pass.
Higher gradings are available. The final grade for the course is calculated taking into account the weighting given to the separate assessments.

Gradings available are:
CP - 50 to 59 - Competent with Pass, CC - 60 to 69 - Competent with Credit, CDI - 70 to 79 - Competent with distinction, CHD - 80 to 100 - Competent with High Distinction. NYC - 0 to 49 - Not Yet Competent

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