Course Title: Construction Practices 2

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: BUIL5370

Course Title: Construction Practices 2

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5111 - Diploma of Arts (Furniture Design)

Course Contact : Julian Pratt

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4820

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bruce Moonie:

Nominal Hours: 100

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

Pre-requisites: BUIL 5096
Co-requisites: GRAP 5160C, BUIL 5374 and GRAP 5148C

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with the skills, and knowledge required to construct timber projects using hand tools and a variety of techniques and materials.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBK209 Construction Practices 2

Learning Outcomes

1. Use a range of construction techniques to develop a handcrafted timber product
2. Use a range of laminating, veneering and gluing techniques to develop a handcrafted timber product
3. Use a range of woodcraft finishing techniques to develop a handcrafted timber product

Details of Learning Activities

In order to achieve learning outcomes, students will participate in the following activities:

  • Attend and prepare notes during scheduled classes
  • Participate in class discussions and demonstrations
  • Research using internet, handouts and recommended references
  • Prepare answers to class exercises involving theory and practical tasks
  • Competently complete required workshop-based assessment tasks  
  • Competently complete required out-of-workshop theoretical assessment tasks

Teaching Schedule


 Course overview and discussion. Sample through dovetail joint. Demonstration by staff and completion by student. Review layout drawing supplied.

 Investigate material and tools. Hand Tools handout and practical project all
 11/05Complete sample joint/s. Begin to mark and measure for box project.  Hand Tools handout and practical project 1
18/05Lay veneer for box lid. Begin to cut out box components Hand Tools handout and practical project 1, 2
25/05Complete box dovetails, route groove (base) and rebate (lid). Construct inner tray. Hand Tools handout and practical project 1,2
01/06Fit box dovetails, base and lid and assemble box. Assemble inner tray. Hand Tools handout and practical project 1,2
 08/06Fit box dovetails, base and lid and assemble box. Sand and prepare for polish/finish Hand Tools handout and practical project 1,2,3
 15/06Polish/finish box project Hand Tools handout and practical project 1,2,3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Walton John A. Woodwork in Theory and Practice, Random House

Fine Woodworking (Vol 1 - 8), The Taunton Press


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students will undertake a small set construction project demonstrating competency in traditional construction, veneering and hand finishing techniques

Assessment Tasks

All assignments are graded. To pass the course, students must submit and pass each individual assessment task and achieve competency in all course elements. Students are advised that they are to personally demonstrate their assessment work to the teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are met. Students are also reminded that successful completion of this Course is a prerequisite to continuing onto 2nd semester workshop Courses.

Assessment task 1

Students to complete a sample timber dovetail joint to the same measurements and layout as the specified timber box.

Due week beginning 15/06/2009. This assessment addresses competency elements 1& 2.

Mark value 30%


Assessment task 2

Students to complete the construction of a small solid timber box with hand-cut dovetails, hand-veneered lid, inner tray with finger joints and a ’floating’ solid timber base. This also includes written information, drawings and illustrations, material samples and photographic information that may be considered part of the documentation of the project.

Due week beginning 15/06/2009. This assessment addresses competency elements 1,2 & 3.

Mark value 70%

Assessment Matrix

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