This unit 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 preliminary and working drawings for residential buildings (Building Code of Australia (BCA) Classes 1 and 10).

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 Victorian Building Authority as a building designer (architectural).

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - enable clear and direct communication, using questioning to identify and confirm client needs and share information with team members; - read and interpret: the BCA; relevant legislation and Australian Standards; plans and specifications and other relevant documentation; - use language and concepts appropriate to industry conventions; - use and interpret non-verbal communication; - written skills to produce simple preliminary drawings; - work effectively with clients and other stakeholders; - produce preliminary and working drawings within allocated responsibilities; - problem solving skills to interpret information from plans, specifications and client brief to develop required preliminary drawings; - planning and organising skills to produce preliminary and working drawings within an allocated time frame; - initiative and enterprise skills to achieve creative and innovative approaches in the production of drawing tasks; - numeracy skills to apply calculation and measuring techniques; - use computer software to enable production of working drawings; - complete documentation and calculations, and; - work safely in a design drafting working environment according to legislation and workplace policies and procedures. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - drafting and drawing protocols; - industry conventions and features, including direction, scale, key, contours, symbols and abbreviations; - processes for the administration and preparation of documentation; - processes for the interpretation of reports, working drawings and specifications; - research methods to locate relevant information; - structural, design and construction principles of buildings; - process for the consideration of a budget constraint; - relevant federal or state legislation and local government policy and procedures, including occupational health and safety (OHS)/work health and safety (WHS) requirements, and; - functions and operation of computer software used to produce working drawings.

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