Course Title: Produce working drawings for commercial buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: ARCH5158

Course Title: Produce working drawings for commercial 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: 180

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 outcomes required to produce two and three-dimensional drawings in accordance with standard industry practice and to a level suitable for building permit approval applications. It includes the ability to read and interpret plans and specifications and to produce working drawings for commercial buildings (BCA Classes 2 to 9).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU591 Produce working drawings for commercial buildings


1.  Produce sketches and drawings

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Simple two and three-dimensional sketches are created using standard drawing conventions and in compliance with relevant codes and standards.

1.2 Sectional drawings of simple structural elements are created using industry standard conventions.

1.3 Essential information is recorded on drawings with symbols and abbreviations according to industry standard conventions.



2.  Read and interpret plans and specifications for a commercial building

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Relevant plans and specifications are identified to develop working drawings.

2.2 Key information is located and interpreted according to relevant Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

2.3 Advice is sought from client and other stakeholders, when required, to clarify any issues.


3.  Produce draft working drawings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Requirements and criteria for draft working drawings are interpreted according to the scope and standard of the job being undertaken.

3.2 Draft working drawings with annotated construction details are completed in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA), relevant state legislation and Australian Standards


4.  Produce a set of working drawings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Individual responsibilities are allocated to team members and time frame for completion of drawings is negotiated and agreed.

4.2 Working drawings are based on research and comply with relevant legislation including the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards.

4.3 Detailed specifications are included on working drawings and are completed to architectural conventions.

4.4 Working drawings are checked with team members for consistency, presentation, cross-referencing and accuracy and to ensure compliance with local government approval requirements.

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to produce working drawings for commercial buildings (BCA Classes 2 to 9) within the context of relevant legislation, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards.

Details of Learning Activities

  • Content delivered in Class
  • Self directed Learning

Teaching Schedule

Class NumberTopicAssessment Task
Semester 01  MP:01 Project Brief
01Course Introduction:
Project Brief
Assessment Criteria
02Title Blocks
Drawing Numbers
Cross Referencing
Material Representation
03Understanding Roof Plans
Roof Plumbing and Roof Safety
04Drawing Standards
Structural Grids
05Material Representation
Finishes Tags
06Controls Transmittal Forms Preliminary Plot and Mark Up
07Review of all sheets.
Converting to single PDF and submission upload procedures.
 MP:01 Submission
08Project Brief
Assessment Criteria
Site Plan
 MP:02 Project Brief
09General Response to MP-01:
Floor Plan
10Roof Plan 
11Drawing Section 
14Mark Up/ Master Sets Preliminary Plot and Mark Up
15Finalising of Project and task submission MP:02 Submission
Semester 02  
01Ground Floor Plan
Site Plan.
 MP:03 Project Brief
02Ground Floor Plan Continued 
03Basement Plan 
041st Floor Plan 

2nd Floor Plan

06Roof Plan 
07Reflected Ceiling Plans 
Preliminary Plots
 Preliminary Print.
10Wet Areas 
11Wet Areas 
12Section 1 
13Mark Up Sets 
14Stair Section 
15Project Resolution and Task Submission MP:03 Submission

NB: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of resources.
For detailed outline of the teaching schedule, course structure and current updates; you are advised to also refer to the myRMIT link.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

  • AS 1100.3 Architectural Drawing Standards
  • Standard Drawing Symbols Abbreviations Graphical Representation, Open Training and Education Network (OTEN) 1999, ISBN: 0 7240 3590 7

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 building design 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 OHS regulations applicable to workplace operations
     •  apply organisational policies and procedures, including quality assurance requirements where applicable
     •  produce two and three-dimensional drawings for commercial buildings (BCA Classes 2 to 9), including at least one orthographic, one isometric and one perspective drawing
     •  complete working drawings to the required industry standard and as determined by the project brief.

Assessment Tasks

MP:01 Precast Concrete Project:  [20% of Course Grade]
MP:02 Portal Frame Construction: [30% of Course Grade]
MP:03 In-situ Type B Construction: [50% of Course Grade]

Assessment Matrix

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

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:
The Student Charter, in association with the University’s statutes and law, indicates what the University and its students can expect from each other. The University’s mission is to create and disseminate knowledge to meet the needs of industry and the community and to foster in students the skills and passion to contribute to and engage with the world.

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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Extension of Time for Submission of Assessable work Procedure:
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Equitable Assessment:
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Special Consideration:
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Assessment Principals:
Final assessment decisions can be reviewed and or appealed.
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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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