Course Title: Comply with codes and standards in the design of residential buildings

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6097

Course Title: Comply with codes and standards in the design of residential buildings

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 40.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Design (TAFE)


Term2 2011,
Term2 2012

Course Contact: Rosetta Di Giangregorio

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply relevant building codes and standards to the design of residential buildings. It includes the ability to apply a range of design solutions for residential buildings (BCA Classes 1 and 10), in compliance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and make recommendations for alternative solutions as required. It requires thorough knowledge of the purpose and content of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU585 Comply with codes and standards in the design of residential buildings


1.  Classify buildings

2.  Assess and interpret relevant code and standard requirements

3.  Analyse and apply a range of solutions to a design problem

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to apply relevant legislation to the design of residential buildings and includes compliance with current legal responsibilities of building designers for construction methods.

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 design drafting 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:
     •  apply organisational policies and procedures, including quality assurance requirements where applicable
     •  access, interpret and apply codes and standards to the design of a specific residential building project
     •  recommend alternative solutions to a design or construction problem in accordance with relevant legislation.