This unit introduces students to common construction systems, construction materials, construction methodologies applied to simple building. Materials topics include selection of suitable materials for differing situations encountered in construction and OH and S and sustainability issues in regards to materials. Construction topics include: 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 construction systems and materials in a range of situations;  
  3. Assess OH and S and sustainability related issues for various construction materials;  
  4. 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 Video 10%
Test Class tests 30%
Assignment One Team Project report and oral presentation (500 words) 20%
Assignment Project review and presentation 40%

Required reading

Students will be provided with class notes and additional resources online, in line with the topics. The textbooks listed below are recommended texts only.

Barry's advanced construction of buildings
Barry R., (2014)
Wiley & Sons Inc

Principles of Structures
Wyatt .K., (2013)
Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Building Your Own Home
Wilkie. G., (2003)
New Holland

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