Course Title: Design safe buildings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: ARCH5193

Course Title: Design safe buildings

Important Information:

Students are to read this document to ensure that all completed assessment tasks comply with the listed learning elements and performance criteria.

School: 320T Architecture & Urban 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


Work phone 9925 4819

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 issues. 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 building.


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


Session Topic

Elements & Performance Criteria


Assessments – Issue date, submission date

Session 1 Industry Protocols    Lecture  week 3 sem 1 
Session 2 Regulation alignment   Lecture   week 6 sem 2 

Session 3

 Standards alignment


  Lecture   week 9 sem 1


Session 4

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


 Lecture week 1 sem 2


Session 5

occupational health & safety Hazard analysis process presented and discussed


 Lecture week 2 sem 2



Session 6

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.


 Lecture week 3 sem 2

Assessment Task 1 - Quiz 1

Session 7

essential safety measures Obligations and duties of building designers to comply with the requirements of the Essential Safety Measures


 Lecture week 4 sem 2

Assessment Task 2 - Quiz 2

Session 8

life cycle

Subsequent life cycle stages of design, maintenance and servicing and use


 Lecture week 5 sem 2


Session 9


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


 Lecture  week 6 sem 2

Assessment Task 3 - Quiz 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


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

Quiz 1 (knowledge)

Quiz 2 (knowledge)

Quiz 3 (knowledge)


Students will be deemed Competent or Not Yet Competent in the assessment tasks, Satisfactory or Not Yet Satisfactory in the assessable tasks. A grading model will apply after competency has been obtained.

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.

    Courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment  
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDICompetent with Distinction
CCCompetent with Credit
CAGCompetency Achieved - Graded
NYCNot Yet Competent
DNSDid Not Submit for assessment


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Assessment Matrix

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