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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

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: engineering-tafe@rmit.edu.au


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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

None

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

Element:

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

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Main structural principles that apply to the erection of
      medium rise buildings are identified.
1.2 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.
1.3 Demolition of existing structures is undertaken in
      accordance with legislative and planning requirements
      and safe work practices.

Element:

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

Performance Criteria:

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

Element:

3. Coordinate and manage the construction of footing systems.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Set-out of building is checked for compliance with
      documented building plans.
3.2 Structural performance of footings specified in the building
       plan is assessed for compliance with relevant codes and
       accepted industry construction principles.
3.3 Footings, as specified in the building plan, are laid and
      checked for compliance with standards and accepted
      industry construction principles.
3.4 Damp coursing and provision of termite barriers and other
      relevant techniques are planned, implemented and
      checked in accordance with codes, standards and industry
      practice.

Element:

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

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Technical construction principles and performance
       characteristics of the construction materials are identified
       and analysed in the planning of project.
4.2 Processes for the construction of 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.
4.3 Building plans and relevant standards and codes 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 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 DeliveryTopic Content Delivery
 

Buildings constructed with materials and methods typically used in housing construction. Class 1 &10

Topics may not be studied in the order listed below.

Buildings constructed with materials and methods typically used in commercial and industrial construction. Classes 2 - 9 

Topics may not be studied in the order listed below.

11. Demolition
2. Site establishment
3. Mathematics
4. Soils
5. Footings
6. Timber framing
7. Concrete and formwork

1. Demolition
2. Site establishment
3. Mathematics
4. Soils
5. Footings
6. Timber framing
7. Concrete and formwork
8. Structural steel and metalwork

28. 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
 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

Australian Standards - AS 2870 and AS 1684 Part 2. BCA 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 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

This course is conducted in two separate parts. One is the study of residential/housing construction. The other is the study of commercial and industrial construction.

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:

Housing Construction.
Commercial and Industrial construction.
The project based assessments will have a weighting of between 10 - 15% of the final overall assessment mark (final weighting will be advised by teacher).

Assessments 4 - 7 – Written Learning Outcomes Tests (closed book/ some open book if advised by the teacher of housing construction)
This written learning outcome tests will a cover elements not covered in the assignments/project based assessment. 
These tests will have a weighting of 15% each of the final overall assessment mark.

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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