Course Title: Design safe buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: ARCH5193

Course Title: Design safe 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 Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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
apply safe design principles to control occupational health
and safety (OHS) risk during the life of a building. It includes
the ability to identify and comply with legal responsibilities
and obligations and evaluate OHS hazards associated with
the design, construction and use of a building during its life
cycle. Applying safe design principles requires consultation
with stakeholders and specialist advisors and the ability to
make recommendations for alternative design solutions and
incorporate risk controls into the building design and end use.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification
requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

However this unit forms part of a minimum qualification
requirement for registration with the Building Practitioners
Board as a building designer (architectural).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21592 Design safe buildings


Design to facilitate
safe construction,
use and
maintenance of a

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Benefits of safe design are identified and communicated to stakeholders.
3.2 Situations are identified where consultation with specialist advisors is required, and their services are utilised as necessary.
3.3 Client is informed of any high risks in design requirements and alternatives, including design
modifications, and these are agreed and documented.
3.4 Risk controls are incorporated into design to facilitate the safe use and maintenance of the building, in accordance with legislative requirements.
3.5 Relevant documentation is provided to client for the education and training of end users and employees, to ensure safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the building.


Investigate OHS
requirements in the
design process

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Legal responsibilities and obligations of building designers for the safety of end users and beneficiaries are identified to enable the elimination of OHS hazards and control residual OHS risk.
1.2 Stakeholders involved in the design and construction process are consulted to determine specific OHS
1.3 Sources of current information and data of OHS principles, materials, technology and systems are
researched for application in the design and construction process.
1.4 Client is consulted to confirm the needs of those involved in the subsequent life cycle stages of the


Undertake hazard
identification and
OHS risk evaluation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risks are identified and a risk analysis conducted across the life cycle of the building according to the hierarchy of control.
2.2 OHS risk controls are selected through a systematic analysis of the likelihood and consequences of exposure to the hazard.
2.3 A process for review of hazard identification and risk control is developed to incorporate potential alterations to design decisions or specifications.
2.4 A residual risk register is established and the information circulated to those involved in the downstream or subsequent life cycle stages.

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge
required for building designers to design safe buildings,
which comply with current OHS legislation and relevant
sections of the National Construction Code

Details of Learning Activities


Teaching Schedule



Weekly Topic

Assessments – Issue date, submission date

session 11

(Design Safe Buildings)




Design Safe Buildings

Health and Safety Act

  • overview of requirements of building designer’s complying with sections of the Occupational Health and safety Act.


legislative framework / legal responsibilities

  • relevant Acts, Regulations, Codes of Practice and other publications presented.


  • duties and responsibilities as stated in the Act, Regulations, National Construction Code Guidelines and Australian Standards



Quiz 3

session 12

(Design Safe Buildings)


occupational health & safety

  • hazard analysis process presented and discussed


session 13

(Design Safe Buildings)


risk analysis

  • determine the risk, research industry specific hazards and others risks analysis


risk register

  • risk register and the         consequences in terms of   injury or damage. Likelihood and scenarios or circumstances under which injury or illness may occur.

 Quiz 4

session 14

(Design Safe Buildings)


essential safety measures

  • obligations and duties of    building designers to          comply with the requirements of the    Essential Safety Measures


life cycle

  • subsequent life cycle stages of design, maintenance and servicing and use


session 15

(Design Safe Buildings)



  • students participate in class discussions to review elements and considerations of design safe buildings in the broader context building design profession

Quiz 5






Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Refer to class Notes

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 replicate building design
drafting workplace conditions, materials, activities,
responsibilities and procedures.
Holistic or project-based assessment with other related
units is recommended.

Assessment Tasks

On Line Quiz 1 - 25%

On Line Quiz 2 - 25%

On Line Quiz 3 - 50%

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.

These are available from

Other Information

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.
See RMIT Academic progress information, responsibilities and support for current students:;ID=nzasms4pljer (unresolved)

Extension of Time for Submission of Assessable work Procedure:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.;ID=7usdbki1fjf31;STATUS=A?QRY=extension%20of%20time%20form&STYPE=ENTIRE (unresolved)

Equitable Assessment:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.;ID=id0959jyz9mx (unresolved)

Special Consideration:
Students must refer to the RMIT policy for eligibility and procedures.;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y (unresolved)

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.

Refer to the RMIT policy on plagiarism which is reference under Academic Integrity atRMIT;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n;STATUS=A?QRY=Plagiarism%20-%20student%20information&STYPE=ENTIREE (unresolved)

Cover sheet for submission of work for assessment:
Whenever you submit work for assessment you must include a declaration of authorship.
All hard copy submissions of work for assessment should include a completed and signed ’Cover sheet for submission of work for assessment’ which can be found at the following link;ID=od0oagg9uc111 (unresolved)

A condition of using the online e-submissions process is that you have read and agreed to the following statement:
I declare that in submitting all work for this assessment I have read, understood and agree to the content and expectations of the Assessment declaration found at the following link;ID=t4g7mbllxm3N (unresolved)

Course Overview: Access Course Overview