Course Title: Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: ARCH5191

Course Title: Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6136 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Contact : Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Theo Theodorou

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 to the design of residential buildings. It includes the ability to apply a range of design solutions for residential buildings (BCA Classes 1 and 10), in compliance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and make recommendations for alternative solutions as required. It requires thorough knowledge of the purpose and content of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21590 Comply with relevant legislation in the design of residential buildings


3. Analyse and apply a range of solutions to a design problem

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Alternative solutions to a construction or design problem that comply with the requirements of the
Building Code of Australia (BCA) are discussed and proposed in accordance with company policies and procedures.

3.2 Performance-based solutions are identified and documented in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

3.3 Assessment methods referenced in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) are analysed to determine whether a construction or design solution complies with performance requirements or Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) provisions of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

3.4 Relevant documentation is identified and completed according to the requirements of local authorities.


2. Assess and interpret relevant code and standard requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Relevant performance requirements from the Building Code of Australia (BCA) are identified that apply to residential buildings.

2.2 The requirements of relevant Building Code of Australia (BCA) Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) provisions are determined.

2.3 Australian Standards referenced in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) are accessed and interpreted.


1. Classify buildings 


Performance Criteria:

1.1 The nature of a building is determined according to use and arrangement.

1.2 The criteria of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) are determined to apply the defined classification.

1.3 Building Code of Australia (BCA) requirements for classifications are identified and interpreted.

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required for building designers to apply relevant legislation to the design of residential buildings and includes compliance with current legal responsibilities of building designers for construction methods.

Details of Learning Activities


Class exercises


Teaching Schedule

Session Week Date Session delivery Assessment
 1 February 17  INTRODUCTION TO NCC  
 2 February 24  Lecture 2  
 3 March      03  Lecture 3  
 4 March      10  Lecture 4  Quiz One
 5 March      17  Lecture 5  Major Project
 6 March      24  Lecture 6  
 7 March      31  Lecture 7  
Term Break April         07    
 8 April         14  Lecture 8  Quiz Two
 9 April         21  Lecture 9  
 10 April         28  Lecture 10  Major Project submitted
 11 May          05  Lecture 11  Quiz Three

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources


Victorian Building Authority

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:
• apply organisational policies and procedures, including quality assurance requirements where applicable
• access, interpret and apply codes and standards to the design of a specific residential building project
• recommend alternative solutions to a design or construction problem in accordance with relevant legislation.

Assessment Tasks

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

QUIZ 1 - 20%

QUIZ 2 - 20%

QUIZ 3 - 20%


You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. the submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

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 -
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment. -

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available on blackboard in the relevant directory.

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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Extension of Time for Submission of Assessable work Procedure:Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures. (unresolved)

Equitable Assessment:
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Special Consideration:
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Assessment Principles:
Final assessment decisions can be reviewed and or appealed. See RMIT Assessment Policies:

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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