Course Title: Apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: ARCH5189

Course Title: Apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6136 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Contact: Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email: catherine.ciavarella@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bev McAuliffe

beverley.mcauliffe@rmit.edu.au

 

Nominal Hours: 180

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

None

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings. It requires compliance with state legislation and the provisions for BCA Classes 1 and 10 and relevant Australian Standards as they apply to the structural and construction components of a residential building.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21588 Apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings

Element:

1. Apply the legislative requirements for the design of residential buildings
 

Performance Criteria:

Element:                      1. Apply the legislative requirements for the design of residential buildings

 

1.1 Relevant state legislation impacting on design and construction is investigated and interpreted for a

residential building.

 Performance Criteria:

    1. Relevant state legislation impacting on design and construction is investigated and interpreted for a residential building.
    2. Relevant sections of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards are researched and applied to the structural and construction principles of residential buildings.
    3. Local government planning and construction regulations are investigated and interpreted for the design and construction of a residential building.

Element:

2. Investigate site

Performance Criteria:

Element:                      2. Investigate site

Performance Criteria:   

  1. Site is investigated to plan site preparation which incorporates design intent and statutory requirements.
  2. Existing site conditions and design and construction elements are analysed to establish site impact on structural elements.
  3. Termite risk management is assessed and implemented according to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and relevant Australian Standards.
  4. Specifications for footing and slab construction design are specified and recorded in all supporting documentation

Element:

3. Analyse and apply construction techniques and/or methodologies

Performance Criteria:

Element:                      3. Analyse and apply construction techniques and/or methodologies. Structural systems are analysed and construction methodologies are applied to solve construction system and design

 

Performance Criteria:

    1. Structural principles are integrated into the building fabric to accommodate materials and finishes, according to relevant standards and design intent.
    2. Alternative approaches to the construction of residential buildings are considered to accommodate special conditions and in accordance with relevant standards and design intent.
    3. Construction sequencing and attendance of trades is identified to ensure efficient building processes.
    4. Design solutions are developed and sketched and/or documented using performance based solutions.

Element:

4. Specify requirements for framing

Performance Criteria:

Element:                      4. Specify requirements for framing

  • Timber wall, floor and roof framing systems are designed and detailed in accordance with timber framing code and with consultation with engineer if required.
     
    1. Bracing and tie-down system is designed and detailed to meet structural requirements. 
    2. Steel framing systems are identified and detailed in accordance with construction practices.
    3. Framing requirements, including all fixings and materials are specified and details documented

Element:

5. Specify requirements for masonry

Performance Criteria:

Element:                      5. Specify requirements for masonry

Unreinforced and reinforced masonry systems are identified and detailed for the construction of internal and external walls in compliance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and relevant Australian 

Performance Criteria:

    1. Details of weatherproofing are indicated to meet relevant Australian Standards.

Element:

6. Specify requirements for safety, health and amenity

Performance Criteria:

Element:                      6. Specify requirements for safety, health and amenity

Performance Criteria:    6.1 Statutory requirements for fire separation are researched and incorporated into design to provide

separation and means of escape, in compliance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and relevant

Australian Standards.

 

  • Wet area materials and sealing of wall and flooring junctions are specified and detail

 

  • Facilities and room heights are designed and documented in accordance with the Building Code of

Australia (BCA) and relevant Australian Standards.

  • Opportunities for natural light and ventilation are considered and mechanical air handling systems for

heating, cooling and ventilation are selected on the basis of efficiency and

performance.

  • Sound insulation materials are selected for sound transmission for walls and penetrations and in

accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and relevant

Australian Standards.


 

    1. The provisions for safe movement and access, including disabled access, are designed in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and relevant Australian Standards. 
    2. Building insulation levels, glazing requirements and ventilation are analysed to determine energy usage.

Element:

7. Specify requirements for finishes and services

Performance Criteria:

Element:                      7. Specify requirements for finishes and services

  • Details for claddings, linings, finishes and coatings are specified in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and relevant Australian


 

 

Performance Criteria:


7.2  Joinery fabrication and installations are selected and details of materials and finishes are documented.

 

7.3  Provisions for the installation and connection of services are specified in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and relevant Australian Standards.


 


Learning Outcomes


This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required by building designers to undertake a site survey and a site analysis for building projects within the context of relevant legislation, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards.


Details of Learning Activities

Lectures
Studio sessions
Supervised work in class
Site visits
Independent research


Teaching Schedule

 Academic week Session description Assessment
 1Orientation 
 2Structural elements 1 
 3Structural elements 2 
 4Foundations 
 5Concrete slab construction  
 6

Self directed project work

Major Project 1
 7Timber wall framing  
 8Truss roof constructionSubmit Freehand details
 9Brick veneer construction 
 10Windows and glazing 
 11

Project & Construction Quiz Review

Submit Project 1 Final submission
 12Site visitConstruction Quiz 1
 13Introduction Alterations & AdditionsMajor Project 2
 14Timber floor construction 
 15

Roof plumbing, Flat and skillion roof construction

 
 16Engineering drawings 

SEMESTER 2

  
1Construction materials showcase 
2Two storey construction 
3Conventional roof and ceiling construction Submit Project 2 Final submission
4Self directed project work 
5Introduction Two StoreyMajor Project 3
6BAL site visitSubmit freehand details
7Joinery 
8Footing review 
9Stair construction 
10

Underpinning

 
 11FireplacesSubmit Project 3 Floor Plans
 12AAC blockwork 
 13Self directed Construction Quiz reviewConstruction Quiz 2
 14

 Review Major project

Submit Project 3 Final submission
 15 Review 
 16 Review 

Depending on class needs and availability of resources, delivery may vary.

For detail outline of the teaching schedule, course structure and current updates, refer to ‘course resources’ in the RMIT LMS and myRMIT. The teaching schedule may be subject to change; students will be made aware of changes in advance.

 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Building Code of Australia

Relevant Australian standards

Building your own home George Wilkie and Stuart Arden ISBN 0 7018 1696 1

Building Construction Iliustrated Francis Ching  ISBN 0-471-28885-3

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.


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 fully replicate design drafting workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures. Holistic or project-based assessment with other related units is recommended.

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:

  • comply with legislative requirements applicable to the design of residential buildings
  • apply the principles of structural and construction to the design of residential buildings in compliance with the applicable local government authority, relevant legislation and the Building Code of Australia (BCA)
  • develop specifications for structural components of a residential building and the requirements for safe and healthy use of the building.


Assessment Tasks

ALL ASSESSMENT TASKS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ORDER TO PASS THIS COURSE

 

Assessment Breakdown:

 

Studio validation : 10%

P1 House 001:15%

P2 Extension project:25%

P3 Two storey project:30%

Quiz 1:10%

Quiz 2:10%

 

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative - Primers, or summative - Major Projects.

Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks.

Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded. Refer to RMIT University VET Grades Curriculum-based Courses: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=6voay09je4v9#final

 

A grade of DNS will be recorded if a student fails to submit all assessments or fails the final major project.

Preliminary work will be reworked as necessary until final submission

No work can be resubmitted after the final submission

Refer to the teaching schedule for the final submission date

Late work will not be accepted unless accompanied by an approved extension of time or special consideration form. Refer to RMIT policies and procedures for details.

Submitting all assessment tasks does not guarantee a pass in this course

Work must be authenticated in order to be assessed (weekly review of work during class time)

You will receive verbal and/or written feedback in evaluation of your progress within class time for which you will be responsible to engage with and record.


Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

Academic Progress:

At the end of each semester student progress will be reviewed by the Student Academic Progress Review Committee. Students failing 50% of their program load or more, at this stage will be reviewed according to the University's unsatisfactory academic progress procedure.

http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=r08bgjneb22t1

Student Charter:
The Student Charter, in association with the University’s statutes and law, indicates what the University and its students can expect from each other. The University’s mission is to create and disseminate knowledge to meet the needs of industry and the community and to foster in students the skills and passion to contribute to and engage with the world.
http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter


Student Responsibilities:
In undertaking this course students are required to be responsible for:

  • The time management of the course work in order to complete all work requirements satisfactorily and on time.
  • RMIT encourages students to attend all scheduled classes to optimise academic success.
  • To ascertain what content or assessment has been missed, and gather the information prior to next class.
  • To be proactive in mastering the academic material of the course by challenging, questioning and extending course outcomes.
  • To be responsible for the maintenance of a non-disruptive and scholastic attitude in the learning environment.

See RMIT Academic progress information, responsibilities and support for current students:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=nzasms4pljer (unresolved)

Extension of Time for Submission of Assessable work Procedure:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31;STATUS=A?QRY=extension%20of%20time%20form&STYPE=ENTIRE (unresolved)

Equitable Assessment:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=id0959jyz9mx (unresolved)

Special Consideration:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y (unresolved)

Assessment Principles:
Final assessment decisions can be reviewed and or appealed.
See RMIT Assessment Policies:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic

Employability skills:
Employability skills describe non-technical skills and competencies that are an important part of effective and successful participation in the workplace.
The following Employability Skills are an inherent part of this course:
Communication, Teamwork, Problem solving, Initiative and enterprise, Planning and organising, Self management, Learning and Technology.

Plagiarism:
Refer to the RMIT policy on plagiarism which is reference under Academic Integrity atRMIT
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n;STATUS=A?QRY=Plagiarism%20-%20student%20information&STYPE=ENTIRE (unresolved) 

Cover sheet for submission of work for assessment:

Whenever you submit work for assessment you must include a declaration of authorship.

All submissions of work for assessment should include a completed and signed ’Cover sheet for submission of work for assessment’ which can be found at the following link http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=x3ddsmsrwa1hz (unresolved)

 

E-submissions A condition of using the e-submissions process is that you have read and agreed to the following: I declare that in submitting all work for this assessment I have read, understood and agree to the content and expectations of the Assessment declaration found at the following linkhttp://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=t4g7mbllxm3n (unresolved)

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