Course Title: Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: BUIL5994C

Course Title: Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures

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: vocengineering@rmit.edu.au


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

Nil

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply sound principles of thermal efficiency as part of the implementation of sustainable building and construction processes. The range of legislative and council planning requirements are addressed in this unit, in addition to the need to respond to growing consumer demand for sustainable buildings and environmentally friendly developments.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC4020A Build thermally efficient and sustainable structures

Element:

1. Apply legislative and planning requirements for thermal efficiency to the building process.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Current relevant state, territory and council requirements for building thermally efficient structures are identified.
1.2. Factors that contribute to the construction of a five-star rated dwelling identified within the Building Code of Australia (BCA) are identified and the impact of regional climate differences is assessed.
1.3. Client needs and expectations for the design and construction of thermally efficient structures are identified and negotiated.
1.4. Expert design and other advice is gathered as part of the planning and construction process.
1.5. Relevant Australian standards are consulted to identify the implications for the conduct of the building project.

Element:

2. Review design solutions for effectiveness and compliance.

Performance Criteria:

 2.1. Impact of radiation, convection, conduction and evaporation on the thermal comfort of residents is identified.
2.2. Orientation of the building, location and size of glazing, and use of thermal mass as design features are evaluated for effectiveness and compliance with planning and other regulatory requirements.
2.3. Effective strategy for insulating the structure is evaluated, costed and communicated to the client.
2.4. Building designs are assessed for their compliance with the energy efficiency requirements of the BCA's five-star rating system.
2.5. Designers and clients are consulted to ensure final construction plans are effective, efficient and compliant.

Element:

3. Manage the building process to ensure an effective outcome.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Effective communications are established between designers, architects and clients to ensure effective thermal performance is embedded from the design to construction phase.
3.2. Effective quality assurance processes are confirmed as in place to evaluate and implement the building of a five-star dwelling.
3.3. Cost effective strategies to achieve desired level of thermal performance are assessed and communicated to client.
3.4. Life cycle costs of various construction approaches are assessed and negotiated with the client.


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. Assignment based assessments will be worked on in and outside of class and students will be assessed on a regular based to be deemed competent.


Teaching Schedule

Underpinning knowledge & Introduction to Thermal Efficiency
Climate Change & Renewable Energy
Climate Zones & planning
Orientation & Siting
Passive solar design
Windows & Shading
Building Regulations & Legislation
Heat Transfer
Sustainable Materials & Life Cycle Assessment
Insulation
Glazing systems
Clients & Communication
Quality Assurance & Work plans

 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

                   

Your Home Technical Manual  www.yourhome.gov.au/technical/
     
Making Your Home Sustainable, by Derek Wrigley
BCA Volume 2
ICANZ Handbook
Energy Smart Housing Manual


References


Other Resources

Learning Hub
In class activities
Library


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

Weight %

Assessment 1

Passive Solar Design

35

Assessment 2

Material Use

35

Assessment 3

Online Test

30

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

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element / Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1

Assessment 2

Assessment 3

1.1

X

 

X

1.2

X

X

X

1.3

X

X

X

1.4

X

 

X

1.5

 

X

X

2.1

X

 

X

2.2

X

 

 

2.3

 

X

 

2.4

 

X

 

2.5

 

X

 

3.1

 

 

X

3.2

 

X

X

3.3

 

X

 

3.4

 

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 1 – Passive Solar Design & Sustainable Materials Asignment
This assignment is to be conducted in and out of class. A majority of time in class will be allocated to teaching the students the general principles of passive solar design, orientation, windows & shading, life cycle assessment, insulation and glazing.

Assessment 2 – Online Test
Online test will be multiple choice and conducted in a supervised environment. The assessment will be a closed book assessment and cover a range of topics covered in throughout the course.
 

Assessment Matrix

Assesment 1
Passive Solar Design & Sustainable Materials Assignment is worth 70% of total mark

Assessment 2
Online Test is worth 30% of total mark
 


Assessment Matrix

           

Assesment 1
Passive Solar Design & Sustainable Materials Assignment is worth 70% of total mark

Assessment 2
Online Test is worth 30% of total mark
 

Other 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.

Grading available are:
Grade level Competency Level
CHD Competent with High Distinction -The learner will confidently apply novel but relevant solutions to unfamiliar and complex tasks.
CDI Competent with Distinction -The learner will confidently evaluate alternative solutions to an unfamiliar task or problem and use the most appropriate solution.
CC Competent with Credit -The learner will elegantly apply appropriate facts, rules and standard solutions to achieve an unfamiliar task or problem with confidence.
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded -The learner will be able to apply facts, rules and standard solutions to achieve a predictable task or solve a problem.
NYC Not Yet Competent
-Although the learner exhibits access to a limited range of facts and rules, the learner has difficulty applying these facts and rules to a familiar task.

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
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.
Please Refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/disability to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.
Assessment Submission:

Turnitin
Turnitin is an online text-matching service which can be used to support academic integrity and address plagiarism. All submissions via Turnitin within Blackboard include the relevant wording for the e-Submission authorisation process. Students are to use Turnitin. to verify that the work submitted is their own work and referenced accordingly. This software will be used by all staff to ensures original work by students is checked at submission of the assessment.
e-Submission

The University is obliged to obtain clear student authorisation on all assessable works. RMIT’s e-Submission process provides a valid authorisation equivalent to a signature on a paper coversheet allowing students to submit assessment works electronically.
The e-Submission process requires that specific wording and a link to the assessment declaration is included in your assessment documentation in order to comply with legal and statutory obligations, and can be used with all RMIT teaching technologies, including;
• Blackboard
• PebblePad
• WebLearn
• RMIT’s Google Apps for Education (Gmail, Drive, Sites etc.)
The use of fully electronic submissions saves significant time for both staff and students.
Good practice

• Providing clear advice to students on the e-Submission process as part of their assessment expectations assists in ensuring that it is straightforward for RMIT students to submit work electronically.
• Students can submit non-electronic works via conversion by a digital scanner, i.e. paper-based assessments can be scanned and submitted for assessment via the e-Submission process.
• Establishing a Turnitin assignment in Blackboard is a quick way to provide an e-Submission process for a class group.
Students must submit all assessment task electronically via blackboard as directed by their teacher.
Students are not to email or hand assessment tasks to teachers in class, corridor or cafeteria etc
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 lodgement 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.
Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.
Refer to RMIT University Policies and Procedures, verify for most recent version.
Special consideration:

Please Refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=riderwtscifm to find more information about special consideration

Plagiarism:

Plagiarism may occur in oral or written presentations. Plagiarism is the presentation of another person’s work, idea or creation as one’s own; without appropriate referencing. Plagiarism is not acceptable. The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct, which may result in cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.

Please Refer: www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity to find more information about plagiarism

Other Information:
All email communications will ONLY be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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