Design timber structures

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver FPICOT4202B, 'Design timber structures'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Interpret plans and loading conditions

1.1. Applicable Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to designing timber structures are identified and followed

1.2. Drawings and documentation are obtained and interpreted and work requirements are identified and complied with

1.3. Plans are reviewed and interpreted and loading information is specified

1.4. Drawing views and notes are interpreted and other design requirements and restrictions are specified

1.5. Additional information and data is obtained from appropriate personnel and other sources

1.6. Functional and pictorial image of structure is created based on specified design requirements and constraints

1.7. Communication with others is established and maintained in line with OHS and organisational requirements

2. Develop and select truss and/or frame and/or floor layout options

2.1. Fixed design details are transferred to truss and/or frame and/or floor layout drawings

2.2. Engineered or pre-assembled trusses and/or frames and/or floors are nominated in line with budgetary constraints

2.3. Component sizes and spacing details are defined in the design structure in line with industry standards

2.4. Layouts and spacing of individual structural members are progressively selected to meet design requirements

2.5. Component sizes are fixed to clarify and firm design options

3. Detail truss and/or frame and/or floor design

3.1. Physical dimensions for components are calculated, scaled or extracted from tables of applicable codes

3.2. Effective lengths and spans for individual components are interpreted from layout, and cross-sections are selected in line with applicable codes

3.3. Selected material options are checked for suitability, availability, cost effectiveness and are consistently used throughout the design

3.4. Component placement and spacing are detailed to site and customer standards

3.5. Design specifications are provided for engineered or pre-assembled trusses and/or frames and/or floors in line with manufacturer's recommendations

3.6. Production information, dimensions and notes are presented in detail, clearly and accurately within drawing views

3.7. Design records and documentation are completed and maintained in line with workplace procedures

4. Provide design and production advice

4.1. Questions regarding designs and design decisions are answered and explained in a clear and concise manner

4.2. Effective communication techniques are used to assist and develop production personnel

4.3. Alternative materials and sizes for components are provided within the scope of the design and work requirements

Qualifications and Skillsets

FPICOT4202B appears in the following qualifications:

  • FPI40310 - Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Manufacture
  • FPI50105 - Diploma of Forest and Forest Products
  • FPI40205 - Certificate IV in Timber Processing
  • FPI40410 - Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Design
  • FPI30910 - Certificate III Timber Truss and Frame Design and Manufacture