Course Title: Design safe buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: ARCH5154

Course Title: Design safe buildings

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6097 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Contact : Rosetta Di Giangregorio

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Andrew Rodda:

skype: AndrewRMIT

Nominal Hours: 40

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 apply safe design principles to control OHS risk during the life of a building. It includes the ability to identify and comply with legal responsibilities and obligations and evaluate OHS hazards associated with the design, construction and use of a building during its life cycle. Applying safe design principles requires consultation with stakeholders and specialist advisors and the ability to make recommendations for alternative design solutions and incorporate risk controls into the building design and end use.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU587 Design safe buildings


1.  Investigate OHS requirements in the design process

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Legal responsibilities and obligations of building designers for the safety of end users and beneficiaries are identified to enable the elimination of OHS hazards and control residual OHS risk.

1.2 Stakeholders involved in the design and construction process are consulted to determine specific OHS issues.

1.3 Sources of current information and dataof OHS principles, materials, technology and systems are researched for application in the design and construction process.

1.4 Client is consulted to confirm the needs of those involved in the subsequent life cycle stages of the


2.  Undertake hazard identification and OHS risk evaluation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risks are identified and a risk analysis conducted across the life cycle of the building according to the hierarchy of control.

2.2 OHS risk controls are selected through a systematic analysis of the likelihood and consequences of exposure to the hazard.

2.3 A process for review of hazard identification and risk control is developed to incorporate potential alterations to design decisions or specifications.

2.4 A residual risk register is established and the information circulated to those involved in the
downstream or subsequent life cycle stages.


3.  Design to facilitate safe construction, use and maintenance of a building

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Benefits of safe design are identified and communicated to stakeholders.

3.2 Situations are identified where consultation with specialist advisors is required, and their services are utilised as necessary.

3.3 Client is informed of any high risks in design requirements and alternatives, including design
modifications, and these are agreed and documented.

3.4 Risk controls are incorporated into design to facilitate the safe use and maintenance of the building, in accordance with legislative requirements.

3.5 Relevant documentation is provided to client for the education and training of end users and employees, to ensure safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the building.

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to design safe buildings which comply with current OHS legislation and relevant sections of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Details of Learning Activities

Lecture delivery of content.

Teaching Schedule


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Session weekSessionAssessment
1Course Introduction                    
2Building Life Cycles 
3Legal Responsibilities 
4Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) 
5Risk Analysis 
6Control Hierarchies 
7Residual Risk Register 
8Practice and ProceduresMP: 01 Written Submission
9Material Selection 
10Information Source LocationsMP:02 Online Test









 NB: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of topic specific resources.

All stakeholders will be notified of any changes prior to implementation.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Worksafe Victoria - Designing Safer Buildings and Structures

Worksafe Victoria - Supplementary Guidance 1-21


Worksafe Victoria website:

Other Resources

Relevant Australian Standards

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:
     •  comply with legal responsibilities and obligations and organisational policies and procedures, including OHS
     •  implement risk management processes for the identification of OHS hazards and selection of suitable controls
     •  consult with relevant stakeholders to determine safety requirements in the life cycle stages of a building
     •  design a safe building which complies with current legislative requirements for the design, construction and use of a building.

Assessment Tasks

Major Project:01 Written Task

Course Grade Weighting 60%


Major Project:02 Online Test

Course Grade Weighting 40%

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

Academic Progress:
At the end of each academic period individual student progress will be reviewed by the Student Academic Progress Review Committee and students will be advised of their eligibility for progression.

Student Charter:
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Student Responsibilities:
In undertaking this course students are required to be responsible for:
•The time management of the course work in order to complete all work requirements satisfactorily and on time.
•RMIT encourages students to attend all scheduled classes to optimise academic success.
•To ascertain what content or assessment has been missed, and gather the information prior to next class.
•To be proactive in mastering the academic material of the course by challenging, questioning and extending course outcomes.
•To be responsible for the maintenance of a non-disruptive and scholastic attitude in the learning environment.
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Employability skills:
Employability skills describe non-technical skills and competencies that are an important part of effective and successful participation in the workplace.
The following Employability Skills are an inherent part of this course:
Communication, Teamwork, Problem solving, Initiative and enterprise, Planning and organising, Self management, Learning and Technology.

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