Course Title: Design and size stormwater drainage systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: CIVE5720C

Course Title: Design and size stormwater drainage systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4338 - Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager - Warren James
Tel: +61 3 9925 4632

Nominal Hours: 45

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 design, size and document the layout of surface and sub-soil stormwater drainage systems up to legal points of discharge.
It covers the preparation for the planning, identification and confirmation of system specifications and requirements, the planning of the system layout and work finalisation processes, including records and documentation

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCPDR4012B Design and size stormwater drainage systems


1. Prepare for planning

2. Identify system requirments

3. Design system layout

4. Restore work area

Performance Criteria:

1.1Nature and scope of the planning task are identified and confirmed.
1.2Work health and safety (WHS) and environmental requirements associated with installation of stormwater drainage systems are adhered to throughout the work.
1.3Work is organised and sequenced in conjunction with others involved in or affected by the work.
1.4Tools and equipment required for planning, sizing and documenting the layout of stormwater drainage systems, including personal protective equipment, are selected and checked for serviceability.
1.5Work area in which planning process is to be conducted is prepared.
2.1Information and specifications for required work are obtained and confirmed, if necessary by site inspection.
2.2Regulations and Australian standards relevant to the work are consulted and applied to all aspects of the work.
2.3Design criteria are determined from relevant Australian standards and proposed method of installation.
2.4Stormwater catchment and flow requirements are identified.
2.5Stormwater pipe size is determined to conform to regulatory authorities’ main or street kerb and relevant Australian standards.
2.6Stormwater retention pit size, silt and flotation arrestor pit size, rainwater tank size and stormwater overflow discharge locations are determined to suit job requirements.
2.7System type is selected to suit collection and disposal requirements.
2.8Sustainability principles and concepts are observed when preparing for and undertaking work process.
3.1Layout of stormwater drainage system is planned according to plans, specifications, relevant Australian standards and workplace procedures.
3.2Stormwater disposal system is specified according to job requirements.
3.3Materials required are specified and optimised from proposed design according to relevant Australian standards.
3.4Plans are recorded according to statutory and regulatory authorities’ and workplace requirements.
4.1Work area is restored according to workplace procedures.
4.2Tools and equipment used in the process are refurbished and left according to workplace procedures.
4.3Information is accessed and documentation, including work backup, is completed according to workplace requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities include in class workbook activities and researching industry practices and standards. This may include online learning activities. Students are expected to undertake design, size and documentation to relevant industry standards to include sustainability and WHS principles.

Teaching Schedule

This unit is delivered over 10 sessions

Session Number TopicLearning Activities/ResourcesElements/ Performance criteriaAssessments
1Workbook , Design and size stormwater drainage systems,Workbook , Section 11.5, 2.2 ,3.4, 
2Workbook , Design and size stormwater drainage systemsWork book – Section 2
3Workbook , Design and size stormwater drainage systemsWork book , Section 32.2,2.6Assessment 1 SWMS
4Workbook , Design and size stormwater drainage systemsWork book , Section 41.1,2.1,2.2,2.6,2.7,3.4Assessment 2 Environmental requirement &Sustainablity principles & concepts
5Workbook , Design and size stormwater drainage systemsWork book , Section 51.1,2.1,2.2,2.6,2.7,3.4Assessment 3 Tools & equipment
6Workbook , Design and size stormwater drainage systemsWork book , Section 6 , 72.2,2.6,2.8,4.1,4.2,4.3 
7Workbook , Design and size stormwater drainage systems  Assessment 4 Work book Activities 1-3-4-6
8Workbook , Design and size stormwater drainage systems   
9Workbook , Design and size stormwater drainage systems   
10Workbook , Design and size stormwater drainage systems  Submit assessment 5 & 6 Designing & size a residential site & commercial class 6 Building

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed textbooks. Class notes (workbook) will be provided to all students enrolled in this unit.


Other Resources

Plumbing Industry Technical Solutions
Drawing materials, calculator and relevant manual

 Australian Standards AS3500

AS/NZS 2003 .3: 2003
Stormwater drainage
AS 1742.3 1996
HB 81.1 2003
HB 39
HB 114
Building Code of Australia Section A,Part A3, Appendix A

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete six different types of assessment tasks

1. Assessment 1 –SWMS related to Assessment 5 Weighting 10 %
2 Assessment 2 – Environmental requirements & Sustainable principles & concepts related to Assessment 5 & 6 Weighting 10 %
3 Assessment 3- Tools & equipment related to assessment 5 & 6 Weighting 5 %
4 Assessment 4- Work book Activities 1-3-4-6 Weighting 5 %
5 Assessment 5 –Major assignment 1 Design , Size Class 1 domestic site weighting 35 %
6 Assessment 6- Major assignment 2 Design , Size Class 6 commercial site 35 %

To successfully complete this unit, a student needs to be deemed competent (CA grade) in all four assessment tasks.
Grading Criteria:
NYC - Not yet competent
CA - Competence Achieved
DNS - Did not submit assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task               Element/ PC                                                                                 Percentage Weighting

Assessment 1 Elements 1.1 ,1.2,1.3,4.3                                                                                                                10%
Assessment 2 Elements 1.2,2.6,2.8,3.2,3.3,4.1                                                                                                    10%
Assessment 3 Elements 1.4,4.2                                                                                                                                5 %
Assessment 4 Elements 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,4.1,4.2,4.3        5 %
Assessment 5 Elements 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,4.1,4.2,4.3      35%
Assessment 6 Elements 1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,4.1,4.2,4.3      35%

Other Information

Academic Misconduct

Students are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism in oral or written presentations is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their work is kept in a secure place. It is also a disciplinary offence for students to allow their work to be plagiarized by another student.
Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of copyright material. It is strongly recommended that students refer to the Guidelines for Students at the RMIT University Homepage.

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