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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: ARCH5190

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

Nino G Lucci

Email: nino.lucci@rmit.edu.au

Work Phone: 9925 4034

Office Hours:  Monday to Thursday 9:30am til 5:30pm

Nominal Hours: 120

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

VU21588 Apply structural
and construction technology

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to
apply structural and construction technology to the design of
commercial buildings. It requires compliance with state
legislation and the provisions for Building Code of Australia
(BCA) Classes 2 to 9 and relevant Australian Standards as
they apply to the structural and construction components of a
commercial building.
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).


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21589 Apply structural and construction technology to the design of commercial buildings

Element:

1. Apply the regulatory
requirements for the
design of commercial
buildings

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant legislation impacting on design and
construction is investigated and interpreted for a
commercial building.
1.2 Relevant sections of the BCA and Australian
Standards are researched and applied to the
structural and construction principles of
commercial buildings.
1.3 Local government planning and construction
regulations are investigated and interpreted for the
design and construction of a commercial building.

Element:

2. Investigate site

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Site features and available services are identified to
plan site preparation to inform the design intent and
for preparation of documentation.
2.2 Soil engineer’s report is interpreted to determine
specifications for footing systems appropriate for
foundation design.
2.3 Environmental issues impacting on the site are
identified and controlled according to regulatory
requirements.

Element:

3. Analyse and apply
construction
techniques and/or
methodologies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Structural systems are analysed and construction
methodologies are applied to solve construction
system and design issues.
3.2 Structural principles are integrated into the building
fabric to accommodate materials and finishes,
according to relevant standards and design intent.
3.3 Alternative approaches to the construction of
commercial buildings are considered to accommodate
special conditions and in accordance with relevant
standards and design intent.
3.4 Scope of work and performance requirements are
determined and documented according to project
requirements.

Element:

4. Specify structural
requirements

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Timber wall, floor and roof framing systems are
designed and detailed in accordance with timber
framing code and with consultation with engineer if
required.
4.2 Bracing and tie-down system is designed and
detailed to meet structural requirements.
4.3 Steel framing systems are identified and detailed in
accordance with construction practices.
4.4 Framing requirements, including all fixings and
materials are specified and details documented.
4.5 Unreinforced and reinforced masonry systems are
identified and detailed for the construction of internal
and external walls in compliance with the relevant
legislation.
4.6 Details of weatherproofing are indicated to meet
relevant Australian Standards.

Element:

5. Comply with fire
resistance
requirements

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Building is designed to maintain structural stability
and provide safeguards in the event of fire.
5.2 Specifications for building design comply with
statutory requirements for fire separation and
relevant legislation.

Element:

6. Specify requirements
for safety, health and
amenity

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Wet area materials and sealing of wall and flooring
junctions are specified and details documented.
6.2 Facilities and room heights are designed and
documented in accordance with the relevant
legislation.
6.3 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.
6.4 Sound insulation materials are selected for sound
transmission for walls and penetrations and in
accordance with the relevant legislation.
6.5 The provisions for safe movement and access are
designed in accordance with the relevant legislation.
6.6 Building insulation levels, glazing requirements and
ventilation are analysed to determine energy usage.

Element:

7. Specify requirements
for construction

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Details for claddings, linings, finishes and coatings
are specified in accordance with the relevant
legislation.
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
relevant legislation.


Learning Outcomes


This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills
and knowledge required for building designers to apply
structural and construction technology to the design of
commercial buildings and includes compliance with current
legal responsibilities of building designers for construction
methods. The outcomes of this unit do not cover the required
skills and knowledge for the application of structural and
construction technology to the design of residential buildings,
which are addressed in the unit VU21588 Apply structural
and construction technology to the design of residential
buildings


Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities may include:

  • lectures
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations
  • group discussion
  • studio practice

 

Out of class activities may include:

  • site visits (observations)


Teaching Schedule

 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Session WeekSession descriptionAssessment
Class 1LECTURE / Introduction MP01 Project Brief
Pad footings / slab-wall connection details

 

Students participate in lecture and take notes
3D Pad footings / slab-wall connection detail drawings
 
Class 2LECTURE  / Concrete construction technology / precast type / footing types

Wall / roof connection details

Students participate in lecture and take notes

3D Wall / roof connection detail drawings 1:5, 1:10
 

Class 3Roof framing / box gutter details 3D Roof framing / box gutter detail drawings 1:5, 1:10
Class 4 LECTURE / MP02 Project Brief /Concrete tilt panel and precast construction details

Parapet details

 Students participate in lecture and take notes


Parapet detail drawings 1:5, 1:10

Class 5Window / door opening details Window / door opening detail drawings 1:5, 1:10
Class 6 LECTURE / Roof framing and bracing

Final Review prior to hand-in

 Students participate in lecture and take notes


  

Class 7 Footing types / slabs

Strip footings / pedestal connection details

3D Strip footings / pedestal connection detail drawings 1:5, 1:10
  
Class 8

ON-SITE LECTURE / Site Visit to Commercial sites

Steel portal frame constructions details

  Students participate in lecture and take notes / 3D Steel portal frame constructions detail drawings 1:5, 1:10
Class 9 
  Studio time to complete unfinished details

3D Roof frame constructions detail drawings 1:5, 1:10


  

Class 10LECTURE / MP02 Project Brief / Structural Steel Framing /

Roof frame constructions details / Masonry parapet details

 Students participate in lecture and take notes / Masonry parapet details

Submission of MP-01 5:30pm
Electronic Project Submission (PDF)

Class 11 ANZAC DAY HOLIDAY
  
 Students to work on details away from RMIT
  
Class 12 LECTURE / Masonry / steel frame connection details Students participate in lecture and take notes / 3D Masonry / steel frame connection details drawings 1:5, 1:10
Class 13Structural Opening in Masonry construction

Structural openings in masonry construction
 

 Students participate in lecture and take notes

3D Structural openings in masonry construction drawings 1:5, 1:10
 

Class 14

 LECTURE / Masonry construction

 Students participate in lecture and take notes  / Studio time to complete unfinished details

Class 15
 
 Studio time to complete unfinished details Studio time to complete unfinished details
Class 16LECTURE / Structural analysisStudents participate in lecture and take notes / Submission of MP-02 5:30pm
Electronic Project Submission (PDF)
Class 1 LECTURE / MP03 Project Brief

Structural Analysis of Building

 Students participate in lecture and take notes

3D Schematic Structural Analysis of Building drawings
 

Class 2Basement drainage systems Schematic section of Basement / retaining wall & battered earth area drawings 1:5, 1:10
Class 3 LECTURE / Piling & Basement construction

Pile / slab connection details

 Students participate in lecture and take notes

Pile / slab connection detail drawings 1:5, 1:10
 

Class 4Basement construction detail Basement construction details
Class 5 LECTURE / Structural Floor Systems

Structural Floor details

 Students participate in lecture and take notes

Structural Floor detail drawings 1:5, 1:10
 

Class 6Balcony / roof construction details Balcony / roof construction detail drawings 1:5, 1:10
Class 7 LECTURE / Pre-stressed & Post-tensioning of concrete

Wall connection details

 Students participate in lecture and take notes

Wall connection detail drawings 1:5, 1:10
 

Class 8 Internal wall / ceiling details Internal wall / ceiling detail drawings 1:5, 1:10
Class 9 LECTURE / Cladding, finishes and Façade Systems

 Commercial window / façade details
 

 Students participate in lecture and take notes

Commercial window / façade detail drawings 1:5, 1:10
 

Class 10 Stair / handrail detailsSubmission of MP-03 5:30pm
Electronic Project Submission (PDF) / Stair / handrail details drawings 1:5, 1:10
Class 11 LECTURE / MP04 Project Brief / Commercial joinery detailing

 Commercial joinery construction details
 

 Students participate in lecture and take notes

Commercial joinery construction detail drawings 1:5, 1:10

Class 12

 Lift construction
 Lift construction details

Lift construction details / internal car detail drawings 1:5, 1:10

Class 13Studio time to complete unfinished details Studio time to complete unfinished details

Class 14

Final workshop review

Studio time to complete unfinished details

Class 15Studio time to complete unfinished detailsStudio time to complete unfinished details
Class 16

Final Review prior to hand-in

Submission of MP-04 5:30pm
Electronic Project Submission (PDF)

 

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

For detailed outline of the teaching schedule and course structure and current updates, you are advised to also refer to myRMIT.

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 prior changes.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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.
 


References


Other Resources

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


Assessment Tasks

MP 01 CONCRETE FRAME CONSTRUCTION - value 15%

This project will introduce students to concrete tilt-panel and single span steel construction with flat metal roof. Students have been issued with a full set of construction drawings including structural engineering information.
The project requirement is to analyse and prepare a series of construction details for the building, while developing an understanding of the use of structural steel and concrete in a building.

MP 02 STEEL FRAME CONSTRUCTION - value 25%
This project will introduce students to masonry and single span steel construction (portal frame in particular) with flat metal roof. Students have been issued with a full set of construction drawings including structural & civil engineering information.
The project requirement is to analyse and prepare a series of construction details for the building, while developing an understanding of the use of structural steel and concrete in a building.

MP 03 LOW RISE CONSTRUCTION - value 40%
This project will introduce students to basement and a transition from portal to at least the principals of multi storey concrete frame construction (the use of band beams in particular). A post and beam steel frame for the top floor with a flat metal roof. It will also introduce tanking of floors for balconies, bathrooms, basement walls and plant area platforms. Students have been issued with a full set of construction drawings including structural & civil engineering information.
The project requirement is to analyse and prepare a series of construction details for the building, while developing an understanding of the use of structural concrete band beam, curtain wall façade treatment and steel framing in a building.

MP 04 CONSTRUCTION DETAILING PROJECT - value 20%
This project will introduce students to complex mixed use of concrete and steel construction.

Students will analyse and prepare a series of construction details as directed, while developing an understanding of the use of structural steel and concrete in a building.

 


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).

Description Mark Result Range
High distinction HD H 80 - 100
Distinction DI D 70 - 79
Credit CR C 60 - 69
Pass PA P 50 - 59
Pass ( pass or fail subjects only ) PX P
Fail NN N <50

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, will be reviewed according to the University's unsatisfactory academic progress procedure. first stage and final stage instructions for eligibility for progression.

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:

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Extension of Time for Submission of Assessable work Procedure:

Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.

http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

 

Equitable Assessment:

Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.

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Special Consideration:

Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.

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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

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