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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

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

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 project consultants.
1.4 Availability of subcontractors and their suitability to meet
job requirements specific to medium rise projects is
1.5 Availability of materials and conditions of purchase and
authorised purchases are reviewed.
1.6 Access to the site is established within requirements and
on-site accommodation is located in an appropriate
1.7 Contact is established and maintained with relevant
statutory authorities controlling construction work.


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

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Resources supply system for controlling and recording
materials entering and leaving the site is implemented and
2.2 Procedures for recording and paying for the hire of plant
equipment and authorising payment are managed.
2.3 OHS and rehabilitation procedures, including hazard and
risk management, are established.
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


3. Supervise the preparation of project schedules.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Construction operations are planned and executed in
3.2 Entering of operations data into an appropriate scheduling
system for analysis is managed.
3.3 Project’s critical path is established and 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
3.5 Management is advised of 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
4.4 On-site personnel and labour requirements are
determined and documented.


5. Review existing on-site buildings or structures.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Condition of existing buildings or structures to be retained,
and structures on adjacent site boundaries, are 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 Overview of the project site or sites is maintained and staff
resources are allocated according to organisational,
regulatory and project needs.
6.2 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 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


SemesterTopic Content Delivery

Week 1 & 2

Introduction to planning Underpinning knowledge - history benefits and methods of planning.

Week  3, 4 & 5

Contracts Basic contract concepts, types & industry contracts.

 Week  6 & 7

Town planning authority Planning zones, overlays & permits, building permits & use of MS Excel in construction planning. 

Week  8 & 9

Site establishment, Site investigation & establishment.

Week  10 & 11

Site documentation Drawings, Specification, others & Site diary.

Week 12, 13, 14 & 15

Labour and materials Resources, materials and labour calculations, crew sizes. Using MS Excel. 

Week  16, 17 & 18

Project scheduling, Introduction to MS Project - use for house planning. Phases of commercial construction.


Week  19 to 30

Project scheduling
Footing systems, further MS Project skills, residential framing, portal steel framing, precast and tilt up panels, suspended slab construction, roofing, blockwork & other claddings, windows, internal services, joinery, tiling, painting, services fit-off and handover. 

Week  31 & 32

Monitoring programs, Multiple projects changes to schedules and managing changes. 

Week  33 & 34 

Supervision of planning Communication and other Supervisory skills. 

Week  35 &36

Course completion and final testing

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Your suggested references for this course are:
• Tom Uher. 2003 Programming and Scheduling Techniques UNSW Press
Options for access include:
• purchase
• library loan (call number 692.8068 U29 at RMIT Swanston library)
• electronic access from RMIT library (, then advanced search, for example: ‘Uher’ for ‘Author/Name’, ‘2003’for ‘keyword anywhere’).

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 No. 1 - Assignment - Planning permit application, building permit application and MBA contract - 5%

Assessment No. 2 - Test - Approximately 30 questions covering scheduling, site roles, contracts building and planning permits - 10%

Assessment No. 3 - Assignment - Preparation of a selected building site for construction including site investigation, establishment, site diary dilapidation report etc - 15

Assessment No. 4 - Test - Approximately 30 questions covering site establishment, on site documentation, labour calculations, network diagrams, critical path - 10%

Assessment No. 5 – Assignment - Planning for a small commercial building including resources and call forward sheet. MS project Gant chart. 
                                                       This assessment task will be divided into 3 stages. 
                                                       Preliminary assessment occurs during class at various intervals with appropriate feedback given to the student. - 40%

Assessment No. 6 - Test - Approximately 30 questions covering project scheduling, particularly construction sequence - 10%

Assessment No. 7 - Test  - Approximately 30 questions covering project scheduling, managing multiple projects and supervision - 10%

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 (unresolved)

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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