Course Title: Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: ARCH5227

Course Title: Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6161 - 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

Beverley McAuliffe


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 residential buildings (BCA Classes 1 and 10).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22462 Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings


Produce a set of working drawings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Working drawings are completed to meet architectural conventions and in accordance with the relevant legislation. 4.2 Working drawings are checked with team members for consistency of presentation, cross-referencing and accuracy and to comply with relevant legislation.


Produce preliminary drawings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Working drawings for residential buildings are produced using standard drawing conventions and in accordance with current Australian Standards. 3.2 Industry best practice conventions are applied to the production of building drawings.


Produce preliminary working drawings

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Types of preliminary drawings required and key features to be recorded conform to the scope and standard of the job being undertaken. 1.2 Tools and equipment required for producing sketches/drawings are prepared and checked for safety and serviceability. 1.3 Simple two and three-dimensional drawings are created to resolve construction details.  


Read, interpret and articulate plans and specifications for a residential 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.

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to produce working drawings for residential buildings (BCA Classes 1 and 10) within the context of relevant legislation, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards.

Details of Learning Activities

Studios : 

The studio is a simulated workplace. You are responsible for your own learning, research and review of resources.  Active participation is required in studios, in particular in feedback sessions.  Ask questions and discuss variables with team members (other students). 

You should bring your notes from the construction lectures in to studios, as we will apply this theory to the drawing process.  You must review presentations to ensure understanding, they are available on Canvas.  Bring any questions you have from the construction lectures in to the studios for clarification.  

Independent research:

To keep up with Industry you need to research many aspects of residential construction.

Teaching Schedule

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Refer to Canvas for Lectures and studio briefings, also the Architectural drafting handbook and examples.


The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:
The learning Lab
The Study Support Hub
English for uni workshops

Information about your studies:

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.



Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.  

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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 building design 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:
• comply with OHS regulations applicable to workplace operations
• apply organisational policies and procedures, including quality assurance requirements where applicable
• produce two and three-dimensional drawings for residential building projects, including at least one orthographic, one isometric and one perspective drawing
• complete working drawings to industry standard and as determined by the project brief.

Assessment Tasks

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

You should refer to the assessment brief which is available through Canvas for full assessment criteria.

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

There are four assessment tasks that are assessed across both Apply structural and construction technology to the design of residential buildings, ARCH 5226 / VU22455 & Produce preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings, ARCH 5227 / VU22462.

LT1 Cabin Project and exercises.

This task is a learning exercise to confirm engagement in the program and provide basic skills required for assessment tasks.  Including skills that cross over to IDA AutoCAD for use of the program on your own device.

AT1 Working Drawings, PART 1 : CORE DRAWINGS

This assessment is a folio of drawings for a Single Storey Residence that will be produced in studios.  Review and revision of the drawings will be in your own time based on feedback provided in studios.  Part 1 includes the core drawings as required for a Building Permit.

AT1 Working Drawings, PART 2 : Structural & specific drawings

This assessment is a folio of drawings for a Single Storey Residence that will be produced in studios.  Review and revision of the drawings will be in your own time based on feedback provided in studios.  Part 2 includes additional drawings in relation to the project drafted in part 1.

AT2 Work in Progress meeting (W.I.P.) 

There are two parts to this assessment task:

  1. Preparation for the W.I.P. meeting.
  2. Attendance at the W.I.P. meeting

The meeting will be with your assessor and may be in a group or individual. 

AT3 Construction questions

The Construction Questions will be completed in a Construction studio. Questions cover work relevant scenarios in relation to residential construction.  Also content from Construction lectures and the National Construction Code (NCC).

AT4 Two Storey Addition

This assessment is a folio of drawings for a Two Storey Residential Addition, that will be produced in studios.  Review and revision of the drawings will be in your own time based on feedback provided in studios.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These mapping documents are available through canvas.

Other Information

You will require your own laptop in studios, with the capacity to run programs such as AutoCAD and Revit.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

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