BILD310 – Building Foundations Project

Module code
Module title
Building Foundations Project
To provide students with the skills and knowledge to carry out the preliminary and construction work for slab on ground, timber pile foundations and subfloor framing to building construction industry regulations and standards.
  • TC1801
NZQA Level
Level 3
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Perform and demonstrate knowledge of preliminary work.
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of subfloor construction.
Explain consenting and compliance requirements.
-Foundations and support structures
-Industry regulations and requirements
-Complete set tasks in sequence and to industry standard
-Trade-related terminology
-Read and interpret plans and specifications
-Practical application of industry calculations
-Time management skills
-Quality control
-Select and use relevant tools and equipment
-Select and install fixings and fasteners
-Maintain and sharpen tools
-Work to specifications and drawings
-Safe work practices
-Material identification, fixing, safe use (MSDS) and storage
-Safe use of hand and power tools
-Hazard identification and reporting
-Produce quantities' list
-Construction installation and techniques
-Moisture proofing requirements
-Sustainable practices (waste reduction and recycling)
-Selection of sustainable products
-Professionalism in the workplace
-Customer service
-Communication skills
Teaching and Learning Strategi
The primary method of delivering the learning material is Project-based Learning. The teaching and learning material may incorporate workshop activities, laboratory tasks, lectures, online research, training videos, tutor directed learning, student managed learning, individual and group work.

Assessments will be a mix of formal and informal, conducted in group and individual settings. Observational assessments will also be used where appropriate.

Regular feedback to students will be provided including assessment results.

Over the course of a series of projects, it is anticipated that students will develop the skills and knowledge to meet or exceed the learning outcomes. These projects will provide the students with the opportunity to progressively develop their confidence and proficiency.
Assessment Criteria
Portfolio of evidence100
Assessment in this module is mixed mode. The portfolio is comprised of multiple components. To pass this module, the student must complete and submit all components and gain a mark of at least 50 for each achievement-based component within the portfolio. Students must also meet all of the requirements of the competency-based tasks to be eligible for a final grade for this module. The final grade will be based on the marks achieved in the achievement-based tasks.
Learning and Teaching Resource
BRANZ Good Repair Guides
BRANZ Building Basics: Building Code Compliance
BRANZ House Building Guide
BRANZ House Insulation Guide
BRANZ Level Coatings
BRANZ Selecting Timber
Relevant Government Acts (the Health and Safety at Work, etc)
NZS 3604, NZS 3109, NZS 3104 and other Standards as required
Links to Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ), Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Standards New Zealand, Worksafe New Zealand, local government agencies, industry suppliers and other links to cover topics as required.

An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at the commencement of the module. This will be updated annually