Course Title: Produce working drawings for residential buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: ARCH5157

Course Title: Produce working drawings for residential buildings

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6097 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Contact : Rosetta Di Giangregorio

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nicholas Rischitelli

+61 3 9925 4062 

Nominal Hours: 180

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 outcomes required to produce two and three-dimensional drawings in accordance with standard industry practice and to a level suitable for building permit approval applications. It includes the ability to read and interpret plans and specifications and to produce working drawings for residential buildings (BCA Classes 1 and 10).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU590 Produce working drawings for residential buildings


1.  Produce sketches and drawings

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Types of sketches and drawings required and key features to be recorded conform to the scope and standard of the job being undertaken.

1.2 Tools and equipment required for producing sketches/drawings are prepared and checked for safety and serviceability.

1.3 Simple two and three-dimensional sketches are created to resolve construction details.


2.  Read and interpret plans and specifications for a residential building

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Relevant plans and specifications are identified to develop working drawings.

2.2 Key information is located and interpreted according to relevant specifications and relevant Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

2.3 Advice is sought from client and other stakeholders, when required, to clarify any issues.


3.  Produce draft working drawings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Working drawings for residential buildings are produced using standard drawing conventions, and in accordance with current Australian Standards.

3.2 Linework is applied using a range of different types and media in accordance with standard industry drawing practice for production of building drawings.


4.  Produce a set of working drawings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Working drawings are completed to meet architectural conventions and in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and relevant Australian Standards.

4.2 Working drawings are checked with team members for consistency of presentation, cross-referencing and accuracy and to ensure local government approval requirements are satisfied.

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to produce working drawings for residential buildings (BCA Classes 1 and 10) within the context of relevant legislation, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards.

Details of Learning Activities


Studio sessions

Supervised work in class

Independent research 

Teaching Schedule

 Academic week Session description Assessment
 1 Orientation 
 2 Use of equipment 
 3 Use of scale Submit exercise 1
 4 Orthographic projection Submit exercise 2
 5 Orthographic projection continued 
 6 Project 1 floor plan Submit exercise 3
 7 Project 1 floor plan continued 
 8 Roof geometry 
 9 Project 1 elevations 
 10 Project 1 elevations continued 
 11 Project 1 notation, referencing and dimensioning 
 12 Project 1 submission Submit project 1
 13 Project 2 existing conditions and demolition 
 14 Project 2 plans 
 15 Project 2 cross section drawing 
 16 Project 2 roof detail 
 Semester 2  
 1 Project 2 section development 
 2 Project 2 elevations 
 3 Project 2 elevations continued 
 4 Project 2 Electrical plan 
 5 Project 2 Project deveopment 
 6 Project 3 Two Storey Drawing Development Submit Project 2 Start of Session
7 Project 3 Floor plan 
8 Project 3 Cross Section drawing 
9 Project 3 Elevations 
10 Project 3 Stair Details 
11 Project 3 Details 
12 Project 3 Sub floor plan 
13 Project 3 internail details 
14 Project 3 project presentation 
15 Project 3 Review Submit Project 3 Start of session

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Building Code of Australia (NCC)

Architectural documentation handbook

Relevant 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 building design 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:
     •  comply with OHS regulations applicable to workplace operations
     •  apply organisational policies and procedures, including quality assurance requirements where applicable
     •  produce two and three-dimensional drawings for residential building projects, including at least one orthographic, one isometric and one perspective drawing
     •  complete working drawings to industry standard and as determined by the project brief.

Assessment Tasks  

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Exercise 1 - due semester 1 week 3

Exercise 2 - due semester 1 week 4

Exercise 3 - due semester 1 week 6

Project 1 - due semester 1 week 12

Project 2 - due semester 2 week 6

Project 3 - due semester 2 week 15


Grade Description range
HD High Distinction 80 – 100
DI Distinction 70 – 79
CR Credit 60 – 69
PA Pass 50 – 59
SP Supplementary Pass -
NN Fail 0 – 49
PX Pass Grade Only -
Did Not Submit for Assessment. -

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

Academic Progress:
At the end of each academic period individual student progress will be reviewed by the Student Academic Progress Review Committee and students will be advised of their eligibility for progression.

Student Charter:
The Student Charter, in association with the University’s statutes and law, indicates what the University and its students can expect from each other. The University’s mission is to create and disseminate knowledge to meet the needs of industry and the community and to foster in students the skills and passion to contribute to and engage with the world.

Student Responsibilities:
In undertaking this course students are required to be responsible for:
•The time management of the course work in order to complete all work requirements satisfactorily and on time.
•RMIT encourages students to attend all scheduled classes to optimise academic success.
•To ascertain what content or assessment has been missed, and gather the information prior to next class.
•To be proactive in mastering the academic material of the course by challenging, questioning and extending course outcomes.
•To be responsible for the maintenance of a non-disruptive and scholastic attitude in the learning environment.
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Equitable Assessment:
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Special Consideration:
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Assessment Principles:
Final assessment decisions can be reviewed and or appealed.
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Employability skills:
Employability skills describe non-technical skills and competencies that are an important part of effective and successful participation in the workplace.
The following Employability Skills are an inherent part of this course:
Communication, Teamwork, Problem solving, Initiative and enterprise, Planning and organising, Self management, Learning and Technology.

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