Course Title: Integrate services layout into design documentation

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: ARCH5194

Course Title: Integrate services layout into design documentation

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:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


David Anderson

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


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to integrate the layout of services and connections into building design documentation for residential (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 1 and 10) and commercial (BCA Classes 2 to 9) buildings. It includes the knowledge and application of current sustainable and energy efficient practices
and appliances and involves consultation with other professionals to obtain agreement on service layout details and specifications.

It requires compliance with relevant legislation, Australian Standards and the BCA. 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:

VU21594 Integrate services layout into design documentation


1. Document layouts of
water supply and hot
water systems

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Water supply, connection and layout are identified and
documented for buildings connected to a town supply or
a tank storage supply, in accordance with the relevant
1.2 Installation of water services supplying fire hydrants, fire
hose reels and fire sprinkler systems and interconnection
of water tanks for fire services are identified in
accordance with the relevant legislation.
1.3 Details of hot water systems are evaluated and
documented according to suitability and energy rating to
maximise energy efficiency.


2. Document sewerage
and drainage
disposal methods
and layouts

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Sewerage connection and layout are determined for
connection, in accordance with the relevant legislation.
2.2 Disposal of sewerage from fixtures situated below the
level of the local authority sewer for both domestic and
commercial buildings are identified in accordance with
the relevant legislation.
2.3 Methods for disposing of stormwater drainage systems
are identified and design and installation of stormwater
drainage systems are documented in accordance with
the relevant legislation.


3. Document methods
and layout for
air-conditioning and
fire protection

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Methods and layout of mechanical ventilation and
air-conditioning systems are evaluated and
documented according to energy rating to maximise
energy efficiency and optimise indoor environmental
3.2 Systems for natural ventilation are evaluated to
determine optimal building performance.
3.3 Methods for smoke hazard management are evaluated
and documented according to the relevant legislation.
3.4 Requirements for fire protection systems for various
building classifications are evaluated and documented
in accordance with the relevant legislation.


4. Document natural
and artificial lighting

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Design considerations for natural lighting are
evaluated to determine optimal user comfort in
accordance with Australian Standards for lighting
4.2 Artificial lighting and light sources are compared to
recommended service luminance, in accordance with
the relevant legislation.


5. Document electrical
and electronic
services layout

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Electrical and electronic service systems are
evaluated and documented and supply authorities are
5.2 Design and installation of emergency warning systems,
emergency lighting and exit signage are evaluated and
documented in accordance with the relevant legislation.
5.3 Methods of vertical transportation are evaluated and
documented in accordance with the relevant legislation.


6. Finalise services

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Details of services layout and any required
amendments are confirmed with service engineer or
other consultants.
6.2 Shop drawings and other relevant documentation are
checked and signed off against design specifications.

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to integrate services layout into designs for residential and commercial buildings in consultation with other professionals and finalise documentation in compliance with relevant legislation and the BCA.

Details of Learning Activities

The following list is indicative of the range of activities undertaken in the course. Emphasis of activities will vary depending on the specific projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Group/Individualprojects
  • GuestLecturers
  • On-Line research

Teaching Schedule


Academic WeekSession DescriptionAssessment
3Introduction, Storm water drainage (Pt 1), Shop DrawingsMini Quiz 1,
5Storm water drainage (Pt 2), Water Supply and Waste WaterMini Quiz 2, Project 1 briefing,
7Guest Speakers, Service core and services coordination 
9Natural Light and ventilationMini Quiz 3,
13Mechanical Ventilation, heating Cooling and AirconditioningMini Quiz 4,
15Vertical TransportationMini Quiz 5,
15Services Big Quiz 1Big Quiz 1 online
Semester 2  
2Fire Service and Warning SystemMini Quiz 6
4Electrical Systems and LightingMini Quiz 7
6Coordination of ServicesMini Quiz 8
8No Lecture, self directed revision 
10Services Big Quiz 2Big Quiz 2 online, Submission of Project 1

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

   NCC, Various Australian Standards


NCC, Various Australian Standards

Other Resources

Lysaght Referee

Australian Standards, including AS 1428, AS 1668, AS 1735, AS2419, AS 3000, AS 3500

National Construction Code, Volumes 1, 3 & 3

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

Assessment Tasks


Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both

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.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Major Research project - 30%

Quiz Assessments - 70%

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 from the course contact person (stated above).
A copy of the matrix can also be available for students on myRMIT (Blackboard)

Other Information


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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.

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