Course Title: Produce working drawings for commercial buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: ARCH5196

Course Title: Produce working drawings for commercial buildings

Important Information:

Students are to read this document to ensure that all completed assessment tasks comply with the listed learning elements and performance criteria.

School: 320T Architecture & Urban 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

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

Performance Criteria:

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

Performance Criteria:

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 legislation. 2.3 Advice is sought from client and other stakeholders, when required, to articulate and clarify any issues.


3. Produce preliminary working drawings

Performance Criteria:

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

Performance Criteria:

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 legislation. 4.3 Detailed specifications are included on working drawings and are completed to architectural conventions. 4.4 Working drawings are checked for consistency of presentation, cross-referencing and accuracy and to ensure compliance with relevant legislation.

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.

Details of Learning Activities

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

Teaching Schedule


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


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"
4 Typical Section (1:100)  
5 "Elevations (1:100)
Ground Lines"
6 "Wet Areas -1 (1:50)
- Joinery Detailing"
7 Wet Areas-2 (1:50)  
8 Details -1 (1:10)  
9 Details -2  
10 "Project Submission:
(End of Scheduled Class)"
MP:01 Submission
11 "Project Brief
- Workflow: Mark Up Sets
- Site Plan"

MP:02 Project Brief

12 Floor Plan (1:100)  
13 Detail Section (1:20)  
14 Details -1 (1:10)  
15 Details -2 (1:10)  
16 "Roof Plan
-fall arrestors
-roof penetrations
  Semester 2  
1 Elevations -1 (1:100)  
2 Elevations -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"
7 Roof Plan(1:100)  
8 Typical Section (1:50)  
9 Stair Details (scale varies)  
10 Section Details (1:10)  
11 "Reflected Ceiling Plan(1:50)
- Fire Services
- Emergency Lighting"
12 Selected Details  
13 Selected Details  
14 "Roof Plan (1:100)
- Plant Room Services"
15 Document Transmittal Forms MP:03 Project Submission
16 Online quiz -self directed  

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

MP:01 Precast Concrete Project - 30%
MP:02 Portal Frame Construction - 30%
MP:03 In-situ Type B Construction - 40%

Assessment Matrix

Refer to Canvas

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:
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.

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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