This unit (NBC1111) introduces students to common construction systems, construction materials, construction methodologies applied to simple building and their sustainable alternatives. Materials topics include selection of suitable materials for differing situations encountered in construction and OH and S and sustainability issues with regard to methods and materials, including consideration of indigenous values and practices. Construction topics include: sustainable site operations, sub-structure, super-structure and enclosure methodologies for simple residential buildings.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Synthesise and communicate resolutions to construction problems by means of sketches and drawings;  
  2. Propose and evaluate alternative and sustainable construction systems and materials in a range of situations;  
  3. Assess OH and S and sustainability related issues for various construction materials including hazardous contents and their sustainable alternatives;;  
  4. Integrate environmentally restorative and regenerative principles to the processes of sustainable residential design and construction including the conservation and implementation of indigenous culture and practices; and  
  5. Collaborate with others with responsibility and accountability for own learning in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Professional communication in practice exercise: Report on Sustainable Design 10%
Test 3 multiple-choice tests - 30 minutes/10% each 30%
Portfolio Hand-sketch and digital detailing portfolio 20%
Assignment Construction model (30%) and group presentation (10%) 40%
Assignment 2 - In a group of 3-4 members, materials, equipment and detailing are determined and applied to create a scale model of a timber framed construction.

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