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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: BUIL5989C

Course Title: Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for medium 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

Robert Hinkley

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 of competency specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply relevant building codes and standards applicable to the construction processes of medium rise commercial and wide span buildings (medium rise licensing classification with reference to Classes 1 and 10 construction, Classes 2 and 3 to a maximum of 3 storeys, and Classes 4 to 9 to a maximum of 3 storeys, not including Type A construction). To successfully construct medium rise buildings requires 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:

CPCCBC5001B Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for medium 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 (classified as medium rise) are identified.
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 appropriately.


2. Classify buildings.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Nature of building is determined according to use and arrangement.
2.2. BCA criteria to determine the defined classification are applied.


3. Analyse and apply a range of solutions to a construction problem to ensure compliance with the BCA.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Range of criteria that will ensure that construction methods comply with BCA performance requirements is determined.
3.2. Alternative solutions to a design or construction BCA-compliance problem are discussed and proposed in accordance with company policies and procedures.
3.3. Performance-based solutions are identified and documented in accordance with BCA requirements and organisational quality procedures and processes.
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 required by the BCA and other legislation are identified.
4.2. Level of fire resistance required for the construction of various medium rise buildings is determined.
4.3. BCA requirements with respect to passive and active fire protection to medium rise buildings are identified and applied.
4.4. Check of existing buildings for compliance with passive and active fire protection requirements is carried out in accordance with BCA requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Details of Learning Activities

Students will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency:
• Face to Face classes
• Simulated Workplace Learning
• Online learning via blackboard
• 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

Semester 1

Week 1 - 2.
Introduction and Course overview.Classes of buildings. Class 2 to 9 buildings.
Building legislation and the BCA.
Australian Standards. Multiple classifications. Portfolio of in-class activities explained.
BCA Structure. Sections of BCA. E.g. A to J. Objectives and related Performance requirements. Deemed to Satisfy Provisions. Underpinning Knowledge.
Develop skill in BCA use. Index. Interpretation Part A1. State Variations. Assignment No 1 available week 1.

Week 3 - 5.
Fire resistance & stability. Section C. Terms & definitions. Part C3 Protection of Openings. Fire doors, shutters, windows, type and use. Service Openings. Assignment 2 due week 4.

Week 6 - 7.
Application of Section C to a Class 2 Building. Test No 1 week 7.

Week 8 - 10.
Access & Egress
Part D1 Provision for Escape. Travel distances & distance between exits. Construction of Exits. Fire Isolated and other stair types. Use table D1.13. Access for People with Disabilities.

Week 11 - 12
Services & equipment. Section E - Fire Hydrants, Fire hose reels, sprinklers, portable fire extinguishers.
Emergency Lighting, Exit Signs and Warning Systems. Smoke Hazard management

Week 13 - 14.
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 15 - 16.
Portfolio Activity. Check of Class 2 building to BCA requirements.
Semester 1 Portfolio submission week 16.

Week 17 - 18.
Tutorial and finalise weeks 1 - 16.

Semester 2

Week 19.
Fire Hazard Properties C1.10. Specifications C1.10. Lightweight Construction C1.8 and Specification C1.8. Incipient spread of fire.

Week 20.
Section C. Fire Resistance – Continued from weeks 3-7. Performance of an external wall in a fire. C1 - 11. Specification Clause 4.3 concession.

Week 21
Section C as noted in Session 20 continued. Test 2

Week 22.
Section G Ancillary Provisions. 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 23.
Section B – Structure.
Week 24.
Section H Special Use Buildings H1 Theatres, Stages and Public Halls and Public Transport Buildings.
Essential-Safety-Measures in existing buildings.

Week 25
Building product accreditation. Assignment 2 available week 25.

Week 26 – 27
Building problem solving/plan check – Factory, Office & Warehouse.

Week 28

Alternative solutions and Acceptance of Design and Construction. Assignment 2 due week 28.

Week 29 - 31.
Australian Standards. (Content awareness and use of selected Parts) Standards include but not limited to those covering Masonry, concrete and timber fire resistance, glass in buildings and termites.

Week 32 - 34.
Section J. Energy Effeciency. Section J In-class assignment. Semester 2 Portfolio submission.

Week 35 - 36. Tutorial and finalise course.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Building Code of Australia (BCA) Volume 1 of the National Construction Code (NCC)


Australian Standards - students to be advised in class.

Other Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written,oral, practical tasks and activities. This unit of competency could be assessed by the application of design principles and solutions specified in BCA performance requirements or DTS provisions applicable to a particular building project.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 competence.


Weight %

Assessment 1a

Portfolio of exercises – Semester 1



Portfolio of exercises – Semester 2


Assessment 2

Assignment 1


Assessment 3

Test No. 1 - Closed book


Assessment 4

Test No. 2 - Open Book


Assessment 5

Assignment 2


Assessment 6

In-class individual assignment


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

Assessment Mapping Matrix


Element / Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1 (1a & 1b)

Assessment 2

Assessment 3

Assessment 4

Assessment 5

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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

Assessment                                                                 Weight %
Task 1a Portfolio of exercises – Semester 1                    10
Task 1b Portfolio of exercises – Semester 2                    10
Task 2 Written assignment 1                                           10
Task 3 Test #1 - Closed book                                          10
Task 4 Test #2 - Open Book                                            25
Task 5 Written assignment 2                                           25
Task 6 In-class individual assignment                             10

Assessment Matrix

Element / Performance Criteria Covered Task 1a Task 1b Task 2 Task 3 Task 4 Task 5 Task 6
1.1         X X X
1.2       X X X  
1.3 X X       X  
2.1 X X X        
2.2 X X X        
3.1         X X  
3.2 X X       X  
3.3 X X       X  
3.4       X   X X
3.5 X X         X
4.1 X X     X    
4.2       X X    
4.3 X X     X    
4.4 X X     X    

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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Study and Learning Support:
Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:
• Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• Maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:
If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
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Late Submission:
If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete 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 two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two 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.

Special Consideration:
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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the university.
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Email Communication:
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