Course Title: Supervise the planning of on-site medium-rise building or construction work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: BUIL5861C

Course Title: Supervise the planning of on-site medium-rise building or construction work

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

John Leahy - 9925 4371

Anna Galluzzo - 9925 4334

Robert Hinkley - 9925 4352

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 supervise the planning process and the organisation of on-site building or construction work projects up to and including 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).
Successful supervision of planning and organisation requires effective interpretation of contractual and planning requirements and development of strategies for utilising human and physical resources effectively in order to comply with contractual obligations. In order to achieve the outcomes for this unit, knowledge of relevant building and construction planning practices, state/territory building and construction codes, standards and regulations and human resource principles and practices are required.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BCGBC5003A Supervise the planning of on-site medium-rise building or construction work


1. Appraise the contractual documentation and delegate the planning of operational requirements as necessary.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Copies of building approvals and conditions relating to the medium-rise building or construction project are obtained; 
1.2 Contracts are reviewed to determine any unusual aspects of construction, use of materials or penalty provisions; 
1.3 Possible design problems are identified and brought to the attention of the project consultants; 
1.4 The availability of sub-contractors and their suitability to meet job requirements specific to medium-rise projects is reviewed; 
1.5 The availability of materials and conditions of purchase and authorised purchases is reviewed; 
1.6 Access to the site is established within requirements and on-site accommodation is located in an appropriate location; 
1.7 Contract is established and maintained with relevant statutory authorities controlling construction works


2. Initiate strategies and delegate the implementation of medium-rise construction operations, as necessary.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 A resources supply system for controlling and recording materials entering and leaving the site is instituted and maintained. 
2.2 Procedures for recording and paying for the hire of plant equipment and authorising payment are managed. 
2.3 The establishment of OHS and rehabilitation procedures including hazard and risk management is undertaken. 
2.4 Procedures for the removal of existing services and hazardous materials are planned and implemented in accordance with regulatory requirements. 
2.5 Procedures required for the control of multiple projects are established.


3. Supervise the preparation of project schedules.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Construction operations are planned and executed in sequence. 
3.2 Entering of operations data into an appropriate scheduling system for analysis is managed. 
3.3 The project’s ’critical path’ is established and the revision of the project schedule is managed with new projects incorporated and documented as required. 
3.4 Strategies for avoiding and overcoming project delays are developed. 
3.5 Management is advised of the cost benefits and implications of providing overtime payments.


4. Ensure the provision of all the resources required for the project.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Adjustments to the project timeframe to take account of anticipated delays are facilitated. 
4.2 Temporary services and site accommodation needs are identified and arranged as required. 
4.3 Plant requirements, site location and installation dates are confirmed. 
4.4 On-site personnel and labour requirements are determined and documented.


5. Review existing on-site buildings or structures.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The condition of existing buildings, or structures to be retained and structures on adjacent site boundaries, is reviewed and recorded. 
5.2 Copies of reports are submitted to adjacent building owners prior to commencing construction work.


6. Supervise staff and maintain an effective work environment.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 An overview of the project site or sites is maintained and staff resources are allocated according to organisational, regulatory and project needs. 
6.2 The activities of contract planning personnel are monitored and an effective work environment is maintained. 
6.3 Effective human resource practices and policies which maximise performance and productivity are employed.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will study Supervise the planning of on-site medium-rise building or construction work in a variety of learning activities. This learning will include classes, site visits, practical and computer laboratory sessions through prescribed excercises, and assessment work.

Teaching Schedule

Supervise the planning of on-site medium-rise building or construction work will cover the following topics:

1. Contracts
2. Relevant Planning Authority
3. Site establishment
4. Site documentation
5. Labour and materials
6. Preparation of project schedules
7. Supervision and monitoring the progress of the project

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Tom Uher; Programming and Scheduling Techniques; UNSW Press


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed by the demonstration of effective supervision of planning on-site building or construction work

Assessment Tasks

Assessment for Supervise the planning of on-site medium-rise building or construction work -

1. 5 x project based assessment tasks throughout the year
2. 2 x Learning Outcome Tasks
3. Some class exercises/challenges

Assessment Matrix

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