Course Title: Read and interpret plans and specifications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2018

Class Number: All

Class Section: All

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Course Code: BUIL5978C

Course Title: Read and interpret plans and specifications

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C2222 - Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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Nominal Hours: 36

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 read and interpret plans and specifications applicable to low rise residential and commercial projects in order to inform estimation, planning and supervisory activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications


1 Identify types of drawings and their purposes.

Performance Criteria:

1.1.            Hazards in the work area are identified, assessed and reported to designated personnel.

1.2.            Safety risks in the work area are identified, assessed and reported to designated personnel.

1.3.            Safe work practices, duty of care requirements and safe work instructions are followed for controlling risks.

1.4. OHS, hazard, accident or incident reports are contributed to according to workplace procedures and Australian government and state or territory OHS legislation and relevant information.


2 Apply commonly used symbols and abbreviations.

Performance Criteria:

2.1.            Hazardous materials on a work site are correctly identified and, if appropriate, handled and used according to company and legislated procedures.

2.2.            Measures for controlling risks and construction hazards are applied effectively and immediately.

2.3.            Hazardous materials that have safety implications for self and other workers are secured immediately they are identified, using appropriate signs and symbols.

2.4. Asbestos-containing materials are identified on a work site and reported to designated personnel


3 Locate and identify key features on a site plan.

Performance Criteria:

3.1.            Correct personal protective equipment and clothing for each area of construction work are identified, worn, correctly fitted, used and stored according to enterprise procedures.

3.2.            Selection of tools, equipment and materials, and organisation of tasks are performed in conjunction with other personnel on site and in accordance with enterprise procedures.

3.3.            Required barricades and signage are determined and erected at the appropriate site location.

3.4. Material safety data sheets (MSDS), and job safety analysis (JSA) and safe work method statements relevant to the work to be carried out are identified and applied.


4 Identify and locate key features on drawings.

Performance Criteria:

4.1.            Tasks are performed in a manner that is safe for operators, other personnel and the general community in accordance with legislative requirements, and enterprise policies and procedures.

4.2.            Plant and equipment guards are used in accordance with manufacturer specifications, work site regulations and Australian standards where applicable.

4.3.            Procedures and relevant authorities for reporting hazards, incidents and injuries are used.

4.4.            Prohibited tools and equipment in areas with identified asbestos are recognised and not used.

4.5.            Work site safety signs and symbols are identified and followed.

4.6. Work site area is cleared and maintained to prevent and protect self and others from incidents and accidents and to meet environmental requirements.


5 Correctly read and interpret specifications.

Performance Criteria:

5.1.            Dimensions for project and nominated locations are identified.

5.2.            Construction types and dimensions for nominated locations are identified.

5.3.            Environmental controls and locations are identified.

5.4. Location, dimensions and tolerances for ancillary works are identified


6 Identify non-structural aspects to the specification.

Performance Criteria:

5.1.            Designated personnel are identified in the event of an emergency for communication purposes.

5.2.            Safe workplace procedures for dealing with accidents, various types of fire and other emergencies are followed, including identification or use, if appropriate, of fire equipment within scope of responsibilities.

5.3.            Emergency response and evacuation procedures are known, practised and carried out effectively when required.

5.4. Emergency first aid treatment of minor injuries is carried out correctly and details of any treatment administered are reported accurately to designated personnel as soon as possible.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Ref Workbook

Teaching Schedule

As per timetable

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through CANVAS.

CANVAS is an online resource with the lesson plans for each unit. Within CANVAS are the session plans, assessments, resources and other materials required for completion of each unit of competency.

Additional materials maybe provided in class and lists of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written, oral, practical tasks and activities. You will be asked to personally demonstrate to your teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards. Assessment activities will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals.

Assessment Tasks

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.


Assessment 1

Workbook Assessment

Assessment 2

Case Study Project

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element / Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1

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To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Assessment Tasks

As Above

Assessment Matrix

As Above

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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Study and learning Support: 
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Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

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Special consideration: 
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Other Information: 

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