Course Title: Integrate services layout into design documentation

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6097

Course Title: Integrate services layout into design documentation

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 Architecture & Design


Term1 2012,
Term1 2013,
Term2 2011

Course Contact: Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4818

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to integrate the layout of services and connections into building design documentation for residential (BCA Classes 1 and 10) and commercial (BCA Classes 2 to 9) buildings. It includes the knowledge and application of current sustainable and energy efficient practices and appliances and involves consultation with other professionals to obtain agreement on service layout details and specifications.

It requires compliance with relevant legislation, Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU589 Integrate services layout into design documentation


1.  Document layouts of water supply and hot water systems

2.  Document sewerage and drainage disposal methods and layouts

3.  Document methods and layout for ventilation, air conditioning and fire protection systems

4.  Document natural and artificial lighting options

5.  Document electrical and electronic services layout

6.  Finalise services layout

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to integrate services layout into designs for residential and commercial buildings in consultation with other professionals and finalise documentation in compliance with relevant legislation and the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

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:
     •  develop documentation which integrates services layout into the design of a residential or commercial building
     •  consult with other professionals to negotiate details of services layout
     •  interpret and comply with relevant sections of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and relevant Australian Standards.