Course Title: Produce working drawings for commercial buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: ARCH5196

Course Title: Produce working drawings for 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:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nino Lucci
Nick Peraic
Andrew Rodda:
skype: andrewRMIT

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


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies outcomes required to
produce two and three-dimensional drawings in accordance
with standard industry practice and to a level suitable for
building permit approval applications. It includes the ability to
read and interpret plans and specifications and to produce
working drawings for commercial buildings (Building Code of
Australia Classes 2 to 9).
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

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21597 Produce working drawings for commercial buildings


1. Produce preliminary drawings


2. Read and interpret plans and specifications for a commercial building


3. Produce preliminary working drawings


4. Produce a set of working drawings

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills
and knowledge required for building designers to produce
working drawings for commercial buildings (BCA Classes 2
to 9) within the context of relevant legislation, the BCA and
Australian Standards.

1. Produce preliminary drawings
1.1 Simple two and three-dimensional preliminary drawings
are created using architectural drawing conventions
and in compliance with relevant legislation.
1.2 Sectional drawings of simple structural elements are
created using architectural drawing conventions.
1.3 Essential information is recorded on drawings with
symbols and abbreviations according to architectural
drawing conventions.
2. Read and interpret plans and specifications for a
commercial building
2.1 Relevant plans and specifications are identified to
develop a set of working drawings.
2.2 Key information is located, interpreted and articulated
according to relevant specifications and relevant
2.3 Advice is sought from client and other stakeholders,
when required, to articulate and clarify any issues.
3. Produce preliminary working drawings
3.1 Requirements and criteria for preliminary working
drawings are interpreted according to the scope of the
job being undertaken.
3.2 Preliminary working drawings with annotated
construction details are completed in accordance with
the relevant legislation.
4. Produce a set of working drawings
4.1 Scope of works and time frame for completion of
drawings is negotiated and agreed.
4.2 Working drawings are completed to meet architectural
conventions and in accordance with the relevant
4.3 Detailed specifications are included on working
drawings and are completed to architectural
4.4 Working drawings are checked for consistency of
presentation, cross-referencing and accuracy and to
ensure compliance with relevant legislation.

Details of Learning Activities

  • Content delivered in Class
  • Classroom/ studio simulated workplace activities
  • Self directed Learning

Teaching Schedule

The Teaching Schedule is located in the RMIT Online Course Shell.
The following is indicative

1"Course Introduction
-Assessment Criteria
Project Brief
- Title Block Information
- Style Guides
- Format
- Understanding WD
- Timesheets
- job file"

Online Quiz 1

MP01: Brief

2"Site Plan (1:100)
- Context
- Services
- External Works"
3"Floor Plan (1:100)
Dimension Standards
- Domestic vs Commercial
- Dimensional Tollerance
- Structural Grids"
4Typical Section (1:100) 
5"Elevations (1:100)
Ground Lines"
6"Wet Areas -1 (1:50)
- Joinery Detailing"
7Wet Areas-2 (1:50) 
8Details -1 (1:10) 
9Details -2 
10"Project Submission:
(End of Scheduled Class)"
MP:01 Submission
11"Project Brief
- Workflow: Mark Up Sets
- Site Plan"

MP:02 Project Brief

12Floor Plan (1:100) 
13Detail Section (1:20) 
14Details -1 (1:10) 
15Details -2 (1:10) 
16"Roof Plan
-fall arrestors
-roof penetrations
 Semester 2 
1Elevations -1 (1:100) 
2Elevations -2 (1:100) 
3"Project Submission:
(End of Scheduled Class)"
MP:02 Project Submission
4"Project Brief
Site Plan (1:100)"
MP:03 Project Brief
5"Floor Plan (Ground)(1:100)
- Disabled Access
- Paths of Travel"
6"Floor Plan (1st)(1:100)
- Lift Cores
- Vertical Riser Ducts"
7Roof Plan(1:100) 
8Typical Section (1:50) 
9Stair Details (scale varies) 
10Section Details (1:10) 
11"Reflected Ceiling Plan(1:50)
- Fire Services
- Emergency Lighting"
12Selected Details 
13Selected Details 
14"Roof Plan (1:100)
- Plant Room Services"
15Document Transmittal FormsMP:03 Project Submission
16Online quiz -self directedOnline Quiz 2


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

  • AS 1100.3 Architectural Drawing Standards
  • Standard Drawing Symbols Abbreviations Graphical Representation, Open Training and Education Network (OTEN) 1999, ISBN: 0 7240 3590 7

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

Course Quiz 1: [5% of Course Grade]
MP:01 Precast Concrete Project:  [20% of Course Grade]
MP:02 Portal Frame Construction: [30% of Course Grade]
MP:03 In-situ Type B Construction: [40% of Course Grade]
Course Quiz 2: [5% of Course Grade]

Assessment Matrix

Refer to Blackboard

Other Information

Academic Progress:
At the end of each academic period individual student progress will be reviewed by the Student Academic Progress Review Committee and students will be advised of their eligibility for progression.

Student Charter:
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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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Extension of Time for Submission of Assessable work Procedure:
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Equitable Assessment:
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Special Consideration:
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Assessment Principals:
Final assessment decisions can be reviewed and or appealed.
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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.

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