Course Title: Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: ARCH5191

Course Title: Comply with relevant legislation in 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

Theo Theodorou

 

Theo.Theodorou@rmit.edu.au

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

None

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply relevant building codes and standards to the design of residential buildings. It includes the ability to apply a range of design solutions for residential buildings (BCA Classes 1 and 10), in compliance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and make recommendations for alternative solutions as required. It requires thorough knowledge of the purpose and content of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21590 Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings

Element:

1. Classify buildings 

 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The nature of a building is determined according to use and arrangement.
1.2 The criteria of the BCA are determined to apply the defined classification.
1.3 BCA requirements for classifications are identified and interpreted.

Element:

2. Assess and interpret relevant code and standard requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Victorian building regulations are referenced in relation to the hierarchy of legislation.
2.2 Relevant performance requirements and provisions are determined from the National Construction Code that
applies to residential buildings.
2.3 Australian Standards referenced in the BCA are accessed and interpreted.

Element:

3. Analyse and apply a range of solutions to a design problem
 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Alternative solutions to a construction or design problem that comply with the requirements of the BCA
are discussed and proposed in accordance with company policies and procedures.
3.2 Assessment methods referenced in the BCA are analysed to determine whether a construction or design
solution complies with performance requirements or Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) provisions of the BCA.
3.3 Performance-based solutions are identified and documented in accordance with the BCA.
3.4 Relevant documentation is identified and completed according to the requirements of relevant legislation.


Learning Outcomes


This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to apply relevant legislation to the design of residential buildings and includes compliance with current legal responsibilities of building designers for construction methods.


Details of Learning Activities

Lectures

Class exercises

Projects


Teaching Schedule

 

session

Weekly Topic

Activity

Assessments – Issue date, submission date

session 1

General Introduction

Planning Permit

    Procedures

Building Permit

    Procedures

General Provisions - NCC

    Interpretation

    Classification of Buildings

 

Visual aids used to demonstrate topic in lecture.   Case study is presented to encourage student involvement.

 

session 2

Siting Provisions

    Single Class 1 buildings     and associated Class 10    buildings

 

Visual aids used to demonstrate topic in lecture.   Case study is presented to encourage student involvement.

 

session 3

Fire Safety

    Fire separation

    AS1530

    Smoke alarms

AS3786

Visual aids used to demonstrate topic in lecture.   Case study is presented to encourage student involvement.

 


session 4

Health and Amenities

     AS3740

     Wet areas

     Room heights

 

Visual aids used to demonstrate topic in lecture.   Case study is presented to encourage student involvement.

Quiz 1

session 5

Health and Amenities

     Sound transmission

     Light

     Ventilation

 

Visual aids used to demonstrate topic in lecture.   Case study is presented to encourage student involvement.

Brief on major project.

session 6

Safe Movement and Access

     Stair construction

    Balustrades

    Handrails

Swimming pool access

    AS1926

 

Visual aids used to demonstrate topic in lecture.   Case study is presented to encourage student involvement.

 

session 7

Energy Efficiency

     6 star rating

Footings and Slabs

     AS2870

Visual aids used to demonstrate topic in lecture.   Case study is presented to encourage student involvement.

 

session 8

Performance Provisions

    Deemed to satisfy

    Alternative Solutions

Visual aids used to demonstrate topic in lecture.   Case study is presented to encourage student involvement.

Quiz 2

 

SEMESTER BREAK

  

session 9

Building Act 1993

Building Regulations 2006

Visual aids used to demonstrate topic in lecture.   Case study is presented to encourage student involvement.

 

session 10

Building authorities

Building hierarchy

Responsibilities of designers

Visual aids used to demonstrate topic in lecture.   Case study is presented to encourage student involvement.

 


session 11

Application of legislation with working drawings

Visual aids used to demonstrate topic in lecture.   Numerous case studies presented to demonstrate to student how to apply the legislation to working drawings.

Major project submitted

session 12

Revision

Visual aids used to demonstrate topic in lecture.   Case study is presented to encourage student involvement.

Quiz 3

 

  

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

 

Victorian Building Authority  www.vba.vic.gov.au


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:
• apply organisational policies and procedures, including quality assurance requirements where applicable
• access, interpret and apply codes and standards to the design of a specific residential building project
• recommend alternative solutions to a design or construction problem in accordance with relevant legislation.
 


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. 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.
Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

All assessment must be submitted.

 

Assessments:
QUIZ 1 - 20%

QUIZ 2 - 20%

QUIZ 3 - 20%

MAJOR PROJECT 1 - 40%

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. the submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

Grade Description Range
HD High Distinction 80 – 100
DI Distinction 70 – 79
CR Credit 60 – 69
PA Pass 50 – 59
SP Supplementary Pass - NN Fail 0 – 49
PX Pass Grade Only -
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment. -
 


Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available on blackboard in the relevant directory.

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.

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Student Charter:

The Student Charter, in association with the University’s statutes and laws, 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.

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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.

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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:

The RMIT policy on plagiarism is referenced under Academic Integrity at RMIT.

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