Course Title: Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: BUIL5988C

Course Title: Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4274 - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Peter Hassall

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 access, interpret and apply relevant building codes and standards applicable to the construction processes of residential and low rise commercial buildings (low rise’ licensing classification with reference to Class 1 and 10 construction and Classes 2 to 9 with a gross floor area not exceeding 2000 square metres, not including Type A or Type B construction). To successfully construct low rise buildings requires a thorough knowledge of the purpose and content of the Building Code of Australia (BCA), coupled with the ability to interpret other codes and standards related to a specific building.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes and standards to the construction process for low rise building projects


1. Access and interpret relevant code and standard requirements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Relevant performance requirements from the BCA that apply to individual projects (described as low rise) are identified.
1.2. Requirements of relevant BCA deemed-to-satisfy (DTS) provisions are determined.
1.3. Requirements of relevant Australian standards referenced in the BCA are accessed and interpreted accordingly.


2. Classify buildings.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Nature of a building is determined according to its use and arrangement.
2.2. BCA criteria to determine the defined classification are applied.
2.3. BCA requirements for multiple classification are identified and interpreted.


3. Analyse and apply a range of solutions to a construction problem for compliance with the BCA.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Range of criteria that will ensure that construction methods comply with BCA performance requirements is determined.
3.2. Alternative solutions to a design or construction problem that will comply with BCA requirements are discussed and proposed in accordance with company policies and procedures.
3.3. Performance-based solutions are identified and documented in accordance with BCA requirements.
3.4. Assessment methods referenced in the BCA to determine whether a building solution complies with performance requirements or DTS provision of the BCA are analysed and applied.
3.5. Relevant documentation is identified and completed in accordance with BCA requirements.


4. Apply fire protection requirements.

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Passive and active fire control elements for low rise building required by the BCA and other legislation are identified and applied.
4.2. Level of fire resistance required for the construction of various low rise buildings is determined.
4.3. Check of existing buildings for compliance with passive and active fire protection requirements is carried out in accordance with BCA requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Students will learn through a number of planned activities.
They include On campus lessons, workshop projects, workplace & site visits,
simulated workplace learning, Online learning via blackboard and other elearning platforms. students will be observed and assessed through planned activites throughout the duration of the course.

Teaching Schedule

This Unit of competancy is clustered with the following Units.

CPCCBC4002A Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction.
CPCCBC4006A Select, procure and store construction materials for low rise projects
CPCCBC4010B Apply structural principles to residential low rise construction

CPCCBC4012A Read and interpret plans and specifications.

Weekly themes
Week 1 Introduction to RMIT and Program
Week 2 Computers & PPE
Week 3 OH&S CI Card
Week 4 Formwork
Week 5 Concrete slabs
Week 6 Concrete slabs & reinforcement
Week 7 Demolition
Week 8 Field trip & site visits
Week 9 Floor framing
Week 10 flooring
Week 11 Screeding floors
Week 12 Wall framing
Week 13 Plastering & Wall Lining
Week 14 Plastering & Finishing
Week 15 waterproofing
Week 16 Tiling
Week 17 Demolition
Week 18 Field trip & site visits
Week 19 Brickwork
Week 20 Metal & steel construction.
Week 21 Roofing
Week 22 Ceilings
Week 23 Wall framing
Week 24 Roof cladding
Week 25 windows & Flashings
Week 26 Roof cladding
Week 27 Site Visit
Week 28 Fire Control & BAL
Week 29 Stairs & Termites
Week 30 Doors & Windows
Week 31 Glazing & Painting
Week 32 stormwater & temporary services

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

National Construction Code series 2011 volume 2

Australian Standards, 2870 & 1684.4 and others.

Other resourses will be sourced by the students from Industry material.


Australian Standards - students to be advised in class.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written, oral, practical tasks and activities.Students will be asked to personally demonstrate to the 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. 


Weight %

Assessment 1

Observation Written assessment and Project


Assessment 2

 On Site Practical Assessment and Project


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

Assessment Mapping Matrix


Performance Criteria

Assessment 1

Assessment 2














































Assessment Tasks

This course is the study of Volume 1 & 2 National Construction Code series 2011 (NCC) and selected Australian Standards. 

Assessment 1 - Folio  - students are observed doing exercises in class. The completed work is kept in a folio to be submitted at the end of semesters 1 and 2. The exercises are themselves not marked. A mark is allocated by the teacher through observing the student doing the folio exercieses. - 50

Assessment 2 -  Test No 1 - NCC & AS 2870 & AS1684 -25%

Assessment 3 - Students journal entry - 25%

The culmination of all assessments contributes to the final result for this course.

Under special circumstances extension to assessment may be granted. Students are to follow RMIT Special Consideration Policy found in RMIT Policies and procedures link;ID=3g3whh1vttr0z;STATUS=A;SECTION=19;PAGE_AUTHOR=Chancellery

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Competency requirements and Grading:

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

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Observation of students performing work is used to confirm competency.

All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CAG (Competent with Pass) to pass this course. In any assessment 50% equates to being Competent with Pass.
Higher gradings are available. The final grade for the course is calculated taking into account the weighting given to the separate assessments.

Gradings available are:
CAG - 50 to 59 - Competent with Pass, CC - 60 to 69 - Competent with Credit, CDI - 70 to 79 - Competent with distinction, CHD - 80 to 100 - Competent with High Distinction. NYC - 0 to 49 - Not Yet Competent DNS Did not Submit

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If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and
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Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and
lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within
no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special
Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days
after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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