This unit introduces students to the fundamental concepts and principles applied by building professionals in the construction of buildings of all sorts of sizes and purposes. Newtonian Mechanics is adopted to understand what happens to a body when forces and loads are applied to it. In this unit students will be supported in developing the fundamental skills and understandings needed for core units in the program, such as Building and Construction Structures, Structural Principles in Construction, Building and Construction Studies, and associated with their role as future Building professionals.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:


NBC1101 - Maths for Builders

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Formulate volume and mass calculations to produce a bill of quantities;  
  2. Examine what happens to a body when forces are applied to it;  
  3. Interpret the effect of live, dead and distributed loads on buildings; and  
  4. Elaborate the physics behind simple structural members such as columns, beams and truss ties and rods.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Self-paced online assessment 10%
Test In-semester Tests 40%
Assignment In-semester Assignments 50%

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.