Course Title: Apply structural principles to the construction of medium-rise buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: BUIL5862C

Course Title: Apply structural principles to the construction of medium-rise buildings

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

Terry Fuhrmeister
9925 4172

Peter Dunbabin
9925 4740

Doug Smith
9925 4338

Nominal Hours: 300

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 apply structural principles to the building of medium-rise buildings. The design and construction of medium-rise buildings requires the input of a range of skilled professionals, including architects and engineers.
The building and construction professional plays a significant role within this project team and requires the ability to communicate effectively with building design professionals, and develop sound and safe practices in relation to structural procedures on site.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BCGBC5008A Apply structural principles to the construction of medium-rise buildings


1. Apply structural principles to the planning of the erection and/or demolition of a structure.

Performance Criteria:

 The main structural principles that apply to the erection of medium-rise structures are identified.
 The performance characteristics of the structural elements, including materials identified in the building's plan, are identified, analysed and applied to the planning of the construction work.
 The demolition of existing structures is undertaken in accordance with legislative and planning requirements and safe work practices.


2. Coordinate and manage the site and job set-up assessment.

Performance Criteria:

 Processes are put in place to analyse the stability of soils and capacity of the site to support the construction loads.
 The structural requirements for retaining walls are identified in conjunction with related industry professionals and applied to the planning process.
 The structural function and requirements for temporary structural elements are analysed and applied to the planning process


3. Coordinate and manage the construction of footing systems.

Performance Criteria:

 The set-out of the building is checked for compliance with the documented building plans.
 The structural performance of the footings specified in the building plan is assessed for compliance with relevant codes and accepted industry construction principles.
 Footings, as specified in the building plan, are laid and checked for conformance with standards and accepted industry construction principles.
 Damp coursing and the provision of termite barriers and other relevant techniques are planned, implemented and checked in accordance with codes, standards and industry practice.


4. Coordinate and manage the structural elements of the construction process.

Performance Criteria:

 The technical construction principles and performance characteristics of the construction materials are identified and analysed in the planning of the project.
 Processes for the construction of all structural elements are identified and confirmed as compliant with relevant Australian Standards and Codes and manufacturer specifications, with reference to specialists as required, and then implemented.
 The building plans and relevant codes and standards are identified and implemented to ensure appropriate allowances have been made for plumbing, electrical conduits and other services to be installed

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will learn construction detail and processes through class tutorials, site visits, completion of drawings and models; and demonstrations.

Teaching Schedule

The teaching schedule will comprise of the following topics:
1. Demolition
2. Site establishment
3. Mathematics
4. Soils
5. Footings
6. Timber framing
7. Concrete and formwork
8. Structural steel and metalwork
9. Brickwork and blockwork
10. Windows and doors
11. Plasterboard
12. Roof and wall cladding
13. Services
14. Retaining walls and basement construction 
15. Temporary structures 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed by the application of structural design principles to a medium-rise building and construction project, including demolition of existing buildings and communication of the selection, positioning and sizing of all structural members that form fixed or temporary building structures for the project.

Assessment Tasks

4 x learning outcome tests

6 x project based assessment tasks

Some class and site based exercises

Assessment Matrix

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