Course Title: Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: BUIL6253C

Course Title: Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3312 - Certificate III in Plumbing

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager - Warren James
Tel: +61 3 9925 4632

Nominal Hours: 8

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 use and interpret plans and specifications associated with construction work, and accurately complete measurements and calculations to establish quantities of materials for the plumbing and services industry.

The unit requires the interpretation of plans, drawings and specifications to interpret requirements, and making measurements and calculations to determine quantities of plumbing materials.

In some jurisdictions, this unit of competency may form part of accreditation, licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCPCM2040A Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities


1. Prepare for work.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plans, drawings, specifications and standards are obtained and required calculations are identified.
1.2 Work health and safety (WHS) requirements associated with reading plans, calculating plumbing requirements and the workplace environment are adhered to throughout the work.
1.3 Quality assurance requirements are identified and adhered to according to workplace requirements.
1.4 Work area and materials are prepared to support the efficient reading of plans and the calculation of plumbing requirements.


2. Identify types of plans and drawings and their functions.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Plans and drawings used in the plumbing industry are identified.
2.2 Key functions of each type of drawing are identified.
2.3 Key users of drawings are identified.


3. Identify commonly used scales, symbols and abbreviations.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Commonly used scales, symbols and abbreviations are used.
3.2 Function of legend is understood and identified.


4. Locate and identify key features on a services plan.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Key features and dimensions of sectional details and elevations on a plan are identified and located.
4.2 Location and types of services are identified.
4.3 General and structural features and major horizontal and vertical measurements are located.


5. Read and interpret job specifications.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Purpose of job specification is identified.
5.2 Details in job specification are obtained.
5.3 Job specifications are read in conjunction with plans.


6. Obtain measurements and perform calculations

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Work measurements are obtained.
6.2 Quality assurance requirements associated with calculations are applied.
6.3 Measurements and dimensions are obtained from plans.
6.4 Simple calculations are carried out.


7. Calculate material quantities

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Material quantities are calculated and recorded from plans and specifications according to workplace procedure.
7.2 Information from plans, specifications and work area are obtained from job instructions.
7.3 Measurements are identified and recorded.


8. Clean up.

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Work area is cleared and materials disposed of, reused or recycled according to legislation, regulations, codes of practice, and job specification.
8.2 Tools and equipment are cleaned, checked, maintained and stored according to manufacturer recommendations and workplace procedures.
8.3 Information is accessed and documentation completed according to workplace requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities include in class workbook activities and researching industry practices and standards. This may include online learning activities. Students are expected to undertake design, size and documentation to relevant industry standards to include sustainability and WH

Teaching Schedule


Session Number  Topic                                                                 






Session  1 Read plans & calculate plumbing quantities.

- Read ‘Basic Pearson’s book Chapter 4
-View Pearson’s power point.

Student complete
Work sheets 1 – 7.


1 .1 - 4.2 Assessment 1 - Work sheets 1 to 7.
(weighing 50%)


 Session 2   student to complete underpinning questions. 1 .1 - 4.2

Assessment 3 – Completion of underpinnings. (weighing 50%)


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed textbooks. ‘Pearsons Basic Plumbing Service Skills 2nd edition’
will be provided to all students enrolled in this unit.  


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete three different types of assessment tasks
1. Assessment 1 - Workbook activities as evidence of classroom participation ( 50% weighing)
2. Assessment 2 - Completion of underpinning questions. (weighing 50%)
To successfully complete this unit, a student needs to be deemed competent (CA grade) in all both assessment tasks.
Grading Criteria:
NYC - Not yet competent
CA - Competence Achieved
DNS - Did not submit assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Task                Element/ PC                                                              Percentage Weighting

Assessment 1                     - Workbook Activities Element 1.1 to 4.3                               50%
Assessment 2                     - Underpinning questions 1.1 to 4.3                                      50% 

Other Information

Academic Misconduct

Students are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism in oral or written presentations is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their work is kept in a secure place. It is also a disciplinary offence for students to allow their work to be plagiarized by another student.
Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of copyright material. It is strongly recommended that students refer to the Guidelines for Students at the RMIT University Homepage.

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