Course Title: Select construction materials for building projects

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6097 Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Title: Select construction materials for building projects

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Urban Design


Term2 2011,
Term1 2012,
Term1 2013

Course Contact: Rosetta Di Giangregorio

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to evaluate and select a range of suitable construction materials for building projects, taking into account a range of criteria including physical attributes, cost and sustainability.  It includes the ability to analyse properties and characteristics
to determine their suitability for application in the construction of a building. It requires selection of materials that comply with relevant legislation, Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU592 Select construction materials for building projects


1.  Analyse characteristics of construction materials

2.  Evaluate materials for their suitability for building projects

3.  Recommend suitable materials

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to select suitable construction materials for buildings within the context of relevant legislation, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards.

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment, provided that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate design drafting workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.  Holistic or project-based assessment with other related units is recommended.

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:
     •  identify, analyse and evaluate the characteristics of construction materials for their application and sustainability
     •  comply with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) with regard to the thermal acoustic and fire resistant qualities of construction materials
     •  make recommendations for suitable materials to satisfy constriction requirements, aesthetics, cost effectiveness, client brief and the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).