Course Title: Apply codes and regulations to air conditioning designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: MIET6136

Course Title: Apply codes and regulations to air conditioning designs

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. Yakov Elgart

Telephone: +61 3 9254668


Nominal Hours: 80

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

It is recommended that on entry into this unit learners possess knowledge and skills equivalent to those described in:

VPAU426 Design a basic single zone duct distribution system

VPAU427 Determine operational parameters for building

HVAC/R hydronic systems

VPAU429 Determine psychrometric processes and system performance

Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to apply standards, codes of practice and regulatory requirements to produce air conditioning designs for typical large scale plant and multi-zone applications.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements
apply to this unit at the time of publication.

The unit applies to manufacturing, servicing and maintenance enterprises incorporating refrigeration and air conditioning design, manufacture and installation.

This unit of competency is intended for courses at Diploma Level or higher.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU632 Apply codes and regulations to air conditioning designs


1. Prepare for design compliance analysis

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OH&S requirements for a given work area are obtained, understood and followed to organisation standards.
1.2 Air conditioning codes and regulations relevant to zoning and usage together with environmental requirements are identified from the client design requirement brief.
1.3 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure that work is co-ordinated effectively with others.
1.4 Equipment and resources needed for the task is obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures.


2. Analyse design for compliance

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Proposed air conditioning system compliance is checked and validated against air conditioning codes and regulations to meet all regulatory requirements using appropriate resources.
2.2 Compliance issues relating to respective codes and regulations are identified.
2.3 Recommendations on design modifications are made in discussion with appropriate personnel and if required.
2.4 Alternative design solutions to meet codes and regulations requirements are proposed according to enterprise procedures and if appropriate.


3. Record findings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The outcomes of the analysis are documented according to enterprise procedures.
3.2 Recommendations for any design rectifications are documented including details of all findings, calculations and assumptions.

Learning Outcomes

Not Applicable

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills to apply Codes & Regulations to Air Conditioning Designs

The course will be using a combination of lectures, reading tasks, practical work and mainly tutorials/assignments to achieve these objectives.

Readings: Students may be required to read relevant section(s) of the recommended references/class notes prior to the next class.

Ongoing Project work is designed to challenge the students and ensure that participants apply and deepen the theoretical knowledge covered in lectures.

Teaching Schedule

SESSION 1:Introduction to course; Purpose & Scope: Design Parameters

SESSION 2: Design Conditions: Building Details – Building orientation and dimensions; Materials

 SESSION 3: Indoor/Outdoor Data: Data required when calculating sun radiation

 SESSION 4: Heating Load Calculation: Zoning

SESSION 5: Cooling Load Calculation & Sun Radiation

SESSION 6: Psychrometric Processes: Sensible Heat Ratio

SESSION 7: Air-Conditioning System Design:

SESSION 8: Capacity of the Air-Conditioning System: Fresh air intake, Air flow calculations, etc

SESSION 9: Type and location of the Air-Conditioning System:System Selection, AHU Selection

SESSION 10: Fire and Noise considerations

SESSION 11: Air-Conditioning Control System

SESSION 12: Ducts – Air quantity & Duct size Calculations

SESSION 13: Ducting: Main Supply, Rooms Supply and Return air duct size calculations; Duct Locations

SESSION 14: Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of the Air-Conditioning system

SESSION 15: Design Compliance and Referencing - Codes & Standards

Students must allocate at least 20 hours for independent study and research

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


ANSI/ASHRAE 62.1-2010 Standard 62.1-2010 -- Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality (ANSI Approved)

ASHRAE 90.1-2010 (I-P) Standard 90.1-2010 (I-P Edition) -- Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (ANSI Approved; IES Co-sponsored)

ASHRAE 41.10-2013 Standard 41.10-2013 -- Standard Methods for Refrigerant Mass Flow Measurement Using Flowmeters (ASHRAE/ANSI Approved)

Other Resources

Teacher’s notes, Blackboard, S Drive & Web References

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the Competency Descriptor.

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.

To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task  detailed under Assessment Tasks section of Course Guide Part B.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment is conducted according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. The students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills.

To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each of the assessment tasks detailed below:

1. Major Project (Part A): (50%)

2. Major Project (Part B): (50%)

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task:Performance Criteria Weighting
Major Project (Part A):1-350%
Major Project (Part B):1-350%

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and
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Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and
lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

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