Course Title: Design safe buildings

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6136 Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Title: Design safe buildings

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Design


Term2 2015,
Term1 2016,
Term1 2017

Course Contact: Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to
apply safe design principles to control occupational health
and safety (OHS) risk during the life of a building. It includes
the ability to identify and comply with legal responsibilities
and obligations and evaluate OHS hazards associated with
the design, construction and use of a building during its life
cycle. Applying safe design principles requires consultation
with stakeholders and specialist advisors and the ability to
make recommendations for alternative design solutions and
incorporate risk controls into the building design and end use.

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

However this unit forms part of a minimum qualification
requirement for registration with the Building Practitioners
Board as a building designer (architectural).

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU21592 Design safe buildings


Design to facilitate
safe construction,
use and
maintenance of a

Investigate OHS
requirements in the
design process

Undertake hazard
identification and
OHS risk evaluation

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge
required for building designers to design safe buildings,
which comply with current OHS legislation and relevant
sections of the National Construction Code

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed in the
workplace or a close simulation of the workplace
environment, provided that simulated or project-based
assessment techniques replicate building design
drafting workplace conditions, materials, activities,
responsibilities and procedures.
Holistic or project-based assessment with other related
units is recommended.