Course Title: Plan building or construction work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: BUIL6003C

Course Title: Plan building or construction work

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 plan on-site activities, including the employment of physical and human resources and the development of documentation and advice for relevant authorities concerning residential and commercial projects. The ability to identify appropriate resources and suppliers, and assess the availability of and requirements for skilled labour are essential.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC4007A Plan building or construction work


1. Appraise contract documentation to identify operational requirements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Contract documentation is reviewed to identify any unusual aspects of construction, use of materials or penalties.
1.2. Availability of selected subcontractors to suit the job requirements is determined.
1.3. Availability of materials is assessed and confirmed with suppliers.
1.4. Site access requirements and limitations are identified and actions taken to facilitate entry.
1.5. Documentation for authorities controlling construction work is prepared and project commencement date is determined.
1.6. Procedures for controlling and recording site deliveries are implemented.


2. Implement strategies for construction operations.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Organisational strategies for implementing construction operations are identified.
2.2. Procedures for recording the hire of plant and equipment are implemented.
2.3. Organisational OHS policy and procedures, including hazard and risk management, are implemented.
2.4. Procedures for the removal of existing services and hazardous materials are implemented in accordance with Environment Protection Agency requirements.
2.5. Procedures for the control of multiple projects are followed.


3. Prepare project schedule.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Construction operations are sequenced.
3.2. Operations details are entered into a manually prepared project schedule or computer-based software package.
3.3. Critical path of the project is defined and revised as required.
3.4. Project timeframes are adjusted to account for anticipated delays.


4. Determine required resources.

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Temporary services and site accommodation requirements are determined and documented.
4.2. Plant requirements and availability dates are determined and documented with reference to contract documentation.
4.3. On-site labour requirements are determined and documented with reference to contract documentation.


5. Prepare and submit condition reports.

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Reports on the condition of existing buildings and structures on adjacent site boundaries are completed.
5.2. Copies of condition reports are forwarded to the owners of adjacent buildings prior to commencing construction.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will learn through a number of planned activities (face to face classes, workplace/site visits, simulated workplace learning, online learning via blackboard and other forms of structured teaching and learning). Students will be observed and assessed through their planned activities throughout the duration of the course.

This Unit of competancy is clustered with the following Units.

CPCCBC4008B Conduct on site supervision of building and construction projects.

Teaching Schedule


Semester Topic Content Delivery

Week 1 & 2

Introduction to planning Underpinning knowledge - history benefits and methods of planning.

Topics and sub-topics Competency reference
Prepare condition report
• Site access
• Site overview
• Boundaries
• Adjacent properties
• Existing services
• Condition report details

Week  3, 4 & 5

Title permits and specifications
• Plans
• Report,

Claims and payments

 Week  6 & 7

Project schedule
• Sequencing task
• Network system or PERT charts
• Project monitoring and revision
• Bar or Gantt charts
• Monitoring multiple projects

On site communication

Week  8 & 9

Develop, track and revise project timeframes

Week  10 & 11

Organise materials
• Prepare materials list
• Sourcing materials
• Purchasing processes
• Site deliveries
• Plant and equipment
• Timber calculations for framing a house

Labour and materials Resources, materials and labour calculations, crew sizes. Using MS Excel.

Week 12, 13, 14 & 15

Purchasing processes for building supplies or construction materials. 
Procedures for controlling and recording site deliveries are implemented. 
Procedures for recording hire of plant and equipment are implemented. 
Temporary services and site accommodation requirements are determined. 
Plant requirements and availability dates are determined and documented with reference to contract documentation.
Week  16, 17 & 18

Organise labour
• Selection of project staff
• Determining labour requirements
• Finding labour
• Trade contracts
• Labour component for framing a house 1.2 The availability of selected sub-contractors to suit the job requirements is ascertained. 
Organisational strategies for implementing construction operations are identified.

Quality contriol

Project scheduling, Introduction to MS Project - use for house planning.


Week  19 to 30

Occupational health and safety
• Initial checks in site preparation
• Hazard and risk management
• Entry to the site
• Safe Work Method Statement
• Removal of structures
• Emergency procedures

Project scheduling
Footing systems, further MS Project skills, residential framing, portal steel framing, precast and tilt up panels, suspended slab construction, roofing, blockwork & other claddings, windows, internal services, joinery, tiling, painting, services fit-off and handover. 

Final project administration incl practical completion, handover, final certificates and defects liability period.

Week  31 & 32

Monitoring programs, Multiple projects changes to schedules and managing changes. 

Supervision of planning Communication and other Supervisory skills. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Your suggested references for this course are: 
BuildRight – Green Construction: Building and Construction (Building) (10.01) 
Options for access include:
• purchase
• library loan (call number 692.8068 U29 at RMIT Swanston library)
• electronic access from RMIT library (, then advanced search, for example: ‘Uher’ for ‘Author/Name’, ‘2003’for ‘keyword anywhere’).

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

Case Study Project


Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria

Assessment 1

Assessment 2































































Assessment Tasks

5 in class activities based around topics including existing condition report, on site documentation, developing logical time frames, labour and materials. This group of activities weighted at 50% course mark.

Project based assessment task based around topics including claims and paymenta, on site communication, quality contol andproject administration. This assessment task is weighted at 50% course mark.

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

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you.
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
maths and science developmental support and advice
English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and
support to complete your studies.

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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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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Other Information:

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