Course Title: Read and interpret plans and specifications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: BUIL6007C

Course Title: Read and interpret plans and specifications

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: 30

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 medium rise residential and commercial projects in order to inform estimation, planning and supervisory activities.
This unit of competency supports the needs of site managers, forepersons, estimators, builders, managers and other building and construction industry personnel responsible for ensuring the currency of plans and specifications and for reading and interpreting these for application to estimation, planning and related supervisory activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC4012A Read and interpret plans and specifications


1. Identify types of drawings and their purposes.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Purpose and advantage of different types of drawings are identified.
1.2. Different aspects of drawings are identified.


2. Apply commonly used symbols and abbreviations.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Commonly used symbols and abbreviations on drawings are identified, understood and applied.
2.2. Common building and construction terms used on drawings are identified, understood and applied.


3. Locate and identify key features on a site plan.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Building site is identified from location drawings.
3.2. True north and building orientation are identified from details provided on site plan.
3.3. Key features of site plan are identified.


4. Identify and locate key features on drawings.

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Key features of plans, elevations and sections are identified.
4.2. Client requested variations to standard plans are identified on drawings.


5. Correctly read and interpret specifications.

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Provisional sum (PS) and prime cost (PC) values are identified and correctly applied.
5.2. Customer variations to standard specifications are identified.
5.3. Correct interpretations of essential elements are applied to estimation, planning and supervisory tasks and are communicated.
5.4. Building codes or standards affecting the work to be undertaken are identified, including references to Australian standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA).


6. Identify non-structural aspects to the specification.

Performance Criteria:

6.1. Key features of products included in the specification are identified, including the design, purpose, aesthetics and cost relationships.

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.

This Unit of competancy is clustered with the following Units.

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

Teaching Schedule

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


Other Resources

Students will be presented with most of the learning material in class, including full sets of house site plans.

Limited material will be supplied on Blackboard.
Other resourses will be sourced by the students from Industry material.

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

This course is clustered with CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes & standards to the construction process for low rise projects. Please refer to course guide B CPCCBC4001A Apply building codes & standards to the construction process for low rise projects for assessment tasks relating to this course.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under Assessment Task Section.
Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

Assessment Matrix 
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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.
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