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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: BUIL5988C

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

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5256 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4338

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

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 of competency specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply relevant building codes and standards applicable to the construction processes of residential and low rise commercial buildings (low rise’ licensing classification with reference to Class 1 and 10 construction and Classes 2 to 9 with a gross floor area not exceeding 2000 square metres, not including Type A or Type B construction). To successfully construct low 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:

CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low 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 (described as low rise ) are
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 accordingly


2. Classify buildings.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Nature of a building is determined according to its use and
2.2 BCA criteria to determine the defined classification are
2.3 BCA requirements for multiple classification are identified
and interpreted.
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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 that construction
methods comply with BCA performance requirements 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 for low rise
building required by the BCA and other legislation are
identified and applied.
4.2 Level of fire resistance required for the construction of
various low rise buildings is determined.
4.3 Check of existing buildings for compliance with passive
and active fire protection requirements is carried out in
accordance with BCA requirements.
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Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements.

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 (or NCC) and Australian Standards.

Volume One pertains primarily to Class 2 to 9 buildings.

BCA Volume 2 (or NCC) and Australian Standards.

Volume Two pertains primarily to Class 1 and 10 buildings (houses, sheds, carports, etc)                                                                                    

1 and 2Week 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 - Fire resistance & stability.

Section C. Terms & definitions. Part C3 Protection of Openings. Fire doors, shutters, windows, type and use.

Week 7 - Test No 1. Continue with Section C

Week 8, 9 & 10 Access & Egress

Part D1 Provision for Escape. Travel distances & distance between exits. Construction of Exits. Use table D1.13. Access for People with Disabilities.

Week 11,12 &13 Health & Amenity.

Section F. 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.

Week 14 & 15 Services & equipment.

Section E As in the BCA. Fire Hydrants, Fire hose reels, sprinklers, portable fire extinguishers.
Emergency Lighting, Exit Signs and Warning Systems. Smoke Hazard management

Week 16 & 17 Structural Provisions

Part B1 including the role of adopted Australian Standards.

Week 18

Lightweight Construction C1.8 and Specification C1.8. Folio submission. Concluding Semester 1.

Week 19

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

Week 20 Assessment 4 - Test No.2

Week 21 & 22

Section C
Fire Resistance – Rest of this section not studied in weeks 5,6 and 7.

Week 23 & 24 Ancillary Provisions

Section G. . 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 25

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

Week 26, 27 & 28

Section J Energy Efficiency.

Week 29 to Week 31.

Australian Standards. Content awareness and use of selected Parts.

Week 32 to 35.

Building Documentation checking. Alternative Solutions. Outlining. Test No.3

Week 36

Finalising course

Week 1 to 3

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

Week 4 to 7 AS2870 - Footing systems

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 to 18

AS1684 – Timber Framing.

Week 19 to Week 26

NCC.Vol 2. Part 3.1 to 3.7


Week 27 to  34

 National Construction Code .Vol 2. Part 3.7 to 3.12

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 (note: from 2011 BCA in incorportated into the National Construction Code - NCC)


Australian Standards - students to be advised in class.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written,oral, practical tasks and activities. You will be asked to personally demonstrate to your teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards. Assessment activities will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals.


Assessment Tasks

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.



Assessment 1

Building Classification: Project Based Assignment


Assessment 2

Portfolio Activities


Assessment 3

In Class Online Test


These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix 

Element / Performance Criteria CoveredAssessment 1Assessment 2Assessment 3

 To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.


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 (or NCC) Volume 1 and Australian Standards. Commercial part of course

Assessment 1 - Portfolio  - 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 portfolio when returned to the student does not have a grading written on it since student competence is assessed by knowledge and skill shown as the teacher observes and interacts with the student while the exercises are being done in class. - 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. - 25%
Assessment 6 - Test No 3 - Closed Book - (May include a open book part conducted in a seperate session) - Australian Standards. Section J.- 15% 

BCA (NCC) Volume 2 and Australian Standards. Residential part of course. 

Assessment 1 -  Test No 1 - AS 2870 & AS1684 -15%

Assessment 2 - Test No 2 - BCA Vol 2 -10%

Assessment 3 - Test No 3 - 15%

A student work Journal, which incorporates 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.

Assessment 4 - Portfolio Semester 1 - 30%.

Assessment 5 - Portfolio Semester 2 - 30%

The culmination of all assessments contributes to the final result for this course.

This course is conducted in a cluster with Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for medium rise building projects (CPCCBC5001B). A seperate grading in this course (CPCCBC4001A ) is available. The grading for the low rise course (CPCCBC4001A ) is the students residential component grading. The student must also demonstrate competence in relation to Class 2 to 9, Type C construction buildings not exceeding 2000m2. This competence is determined from the medium rise/commercial part of the course (CPCCBC5001B) concerned with Class 2 to 9, Type C construction buildings not exceeding 2000m2.  

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

Clustered Courses:
Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for medium rise building projects and Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects are conducted as clustered courses. Refer to Assessment Tasks above for additional 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 CAG (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:
NYC   0 to 49 - Not yet Competent
CAG   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
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If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and
lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

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