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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: BUIL5989C

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

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

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: vocengineering@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Robert Hinkley

robert.hinkley@rmit.edu.au 
 

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

Nil

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

Element:

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.

Element:

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.

Element:

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.

Element:

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 learn through a number of planned activities (face to face classes, 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

Semester 1

Week 1 - 2.
Introduction and Course overview. Classes of buildings. Classes 2 to 9
Building legislation and the BCA.
Australian Standards. Multiple classifications. Portfolio of in-class activities explained.
BCA Structure. Sections of BCA - A to J. Objectives and related Performance requirements. Deemed to Satisfy Provisions.
Develop skill in BCA use. Index. Interpretation Part A1. State Variations. Assignment No 1 available week1.

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. F5 Sound transmission and insulation.

Week 15 - 16.
A Portfolio Activity is conducted over two weeks being checking of Class 2 building to BCA requirements.

Week 17
Revision for Assessment 4 -Test No 2. All Semester 1 Portfolio exercises due if not previously marked or submitted as requested by the teacher.

Week 18
Assessment 4 –Test No 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.

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. Introduction to the use of Australian Standards to be studied.
Portfolio exercise as practice for Assignment 2.
.
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
Performance Solutions and Acceptance of Design and Construction. Assignment 2 available week 25.

Week 26 – 27
Building problem solving/plan check – Factory, Office & Warehouse.
Week 28
Building product accreditation. Commence study of selected Australian Standards. Assignment 2 due week 28.

Week 29 - 31.
Australian Standards continued. Including but not limited to those covering masonry, concrete and timber fire resistance, glass in buildings.

Week 32 - 34.
Section J. Energy Efficiency. 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)


References

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.

Assessment

Weight %

Assessment 1a

Portfolio of exercises – Semester 1

10

Assessment1b

Portfolio of exercises – Semester 2

10

Assessment 2

Assignment 1

10

Assessment 3

Test No. 1 - Closed book

10

Assessment 4

Test No. 2 - Open Book

25

Assessment 5

Assignment 2

25

Assessment 6

In-class individual assignment

10

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

Assessment 6

1.1

 

 

 

X

X

X

1.2

 

 

X

X

X

 

1.3

X

 

 

 

X

 

2.1

X

X

 

 

 

 

2.2

X

X

 

 

 

 

3.1

 

 

 

X

X

 

3.2

X

 

 

 

X

 

3.3

X

 

 

 

X

 

3.4

 

 

X

 

X

X

3.5

X

 

 

 

 

X

4.1

X

 

 

X

 

 

4.2

 

 

X

X

 

 

4.3

X

 

 

X

 

 

4.4

X

 

 

X

 

 

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 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 Reasonable Adjustment
Students with a disability or long-term medical or mental health condition can apply for adjustments to their study and assessment conditions (Reasonable Adjustments and Equitable Assessment Arrangements) by registering with the Disability Liaison Unit (DLU) at http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=01daxmpd1vo4z

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1a & 1b - Portfolios - students are observed doing exercises/ activities in class to demonstrate knowledge and skill on various topics. The completed exercises can be collected at the teacher’s direction in class or retained by the student to be submitted at the end of semester. 20% (10% for each semester).

Assessment 2 - Assignment 1 - Classes of Buildings. - 10%. Available week 1 & submit week 4.

Assessment 3 - Test No. 1 Closed book - BCA – goal of, structure and how to use. Passive fire control elements required by the BCA. - 10%. Held week 7.

Assessment 4 - Test No.2 - Open Book (BCA Vol1 of the NCC) - Fire Resistance, Access and
Egress. Health and Amenity. - 25%. Held week 18.

Assessment 5 - Assignment No 2 - BCA Performance Requirements, Performance Solutions, Deemed to Satisfy Requirements and Alternative solutions. - 25%. Available week 25 & submit week 28

Assessment 6 - Section J. In-class individual assignment- 10%. Conducted in weeks 33 & 34.

Graded Assessment

You will need to obtain Satisfactory (S) in all assessment tasks before grading can occur. Marks from assessments will count towards a final grade only if the individual assessment result is satisfactory (S)

Grade Table
80 – 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 – 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 – 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 – 59: CAG - Competent with Pass
0 – 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS – Did not submit for assessment.


Assessment Matrix

Assessments/Elements & Performance Criteria

1.1

1.2

1.3

2.1

2.2

3.1

3.2

3.3

3.4

3.5

4.1

4.2

4.3

4.4

Assessment 1a & 1b - Portfolios

  

X

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

Assessment 2 -

Assignment 1

   

X

X

         

Assessment 3 - Test No. 1 Closed book

 

X

      

X

  

X

  

Assessment 4 - Test No.2

- Open Book

X

X

   

X

    

X

X

X

X

Assessment 5 -

Assignment No 2

X

X

X

  

X

X

X

X

     

Assessment 6 - Section J. In-class individual assignment

 

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

Please refer to http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.
 

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 

Please Refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/studyandlearningcentre to find more information about Study and learning Support 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
Please refer to https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services to find more information about services offered by Equitable Learning Services (ELS).

Late submission: 

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. 


Special consideration: 

Please Refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration to find more information about 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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