Course Title: Commission HVAC/R systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: MIET6142

Course Title: Commission HVAC/R systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. Yakov Elgart

Telephone: +61 3 9254668


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

It is recommended that on entry into this unit learners possess knowledge and skills equivalent to those described in:

VPAU626 Design a basic single zone duct distribution system

VPAU642 Analyse and service HVAC/R control systems

VPAU627 Determine operational parameters for building HVAC/R hydronic systems

Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to commission a HVAC/R system and associated plant and equipment.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

The unit applies to manufacturing, servicing and maintenance enterprises incorporating refrigeration and air conditioning design, manufacture and installation.

This unit of competency is intended for courses at Diploma Level or higher.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU638 Commission HVAC/R systems


1. Prepare HVAC/R system for commissioning

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area are obtained from appropriate personnel, understood and implemented to industry standards.

1.2 System operating parameters are determined by reviewing system specifications and component technical data.

1.3 Identify correct building codes and local government regulations using appropriate resources.

1.4 Prepare industry standard report on system performance levels using enterprise procedures.

1.5 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is coordinated effectively with others involved on the work site.

1.6 Equipment, resources and testing devices needed for the work are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures.


2. Commission complex heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Testing/measuring devices are connected and set up appropriately and to manufacturers’ specifications.

2.2 Measurements and adjustments are made to equipment components and controls to provide optimum system performance in accordance with system specifications and regulatory requirements.

2.3 Solutions to unplanned situations are provided consistent with enterprise procedures.

2.4 Commissioning is carried out efficiently without waste of materials or damage to equipment and surroundings.


3. Complete and report commissioning activities.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Verify that plant and equipment is operating to specification.

3.2 Adjustment settings are documented and appropriate personnel are notified in accordance with enterprise

Learning Outcomes

Not Applicable

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills to Commission HVAC systems

The course will be using a combination of lectures, reading tasks, practical work and mainly tutorials/assignments to achieve these objectives.

Readings: Students may be required to read relevant section(s) of the recommended references/class notes prior to the next class.

Class Assignments are designed to challenge the students and ensure that participants apply and deepen the theoretical knowledge covered in lectures.

Teaching Schedule

SESSION 1:Introduction, Commissioning of HVAC Systems

SESSION 2:Air Distribution – Duct Design Procedure

SESSION 3:Residential – Air Outlet Selection

SESSION 4:Equipment Checks

SESSION 5:Balancing Air Distribution Systems

SESSION 6:Air Balancing Equipment

SESSION 7:Hydronic Distribution Systems

SESSION 8:Performance Test for Chillers

Students must allocate at least 16 hours for independent study and research

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


HVAC Systems Design Handbook, Fifth Edition by: Roger W. Haines, Michael E. Myers

Other Resources

Teacher’s notes, Blackboard, S Drive & Web References

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the Competency Descriptor.

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards.

 Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor.

Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task
detailed under Assessment Tasks section of Course Guide Part B.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment is conducted according to the performance criteria set
in the National Training Package. The students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge
and skills.

To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each of the assessment tasks detailed below:

1. Assignment  (Part A): (50%)

2. Assignment (Part B): (50%)

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task:Performance CriteriaWeighting
Assignment  (Part A):1-350%
Assignment  (Part B):1-350%

Other Information

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 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:

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Other Information:

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