This unit extends on the content of two units: Fundamentals of Building Construction and Building Science. This unit introduces students to construction principles and methods for commercial and industrial buildings, concentrating on low-rise construction and buildings with load-bearing walls up to three stories in height. The unit provides a background to the following for the construction of these classes of buildings: principles of fire safety, inspection procedures, temporary structures, waste and water management planning, relationship between design and construction methods and the integration of building services into the building structure.

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NBC1111 - Fundamentals of Building Construction

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Differentiate between and present in detail construction principles and processes including building components, systems and services for low rise buildings covered by NCC;  
  2. Critically assess construction documentation for constructability and compliance with codes and standards;  
  3. Work individually and collaboratively to develop the procurement process for a project including objectives, strategies, inspections, temporary works and waste management;  
  4. Advise the construction requirements for acoustic insulation and fire safety to prospective clients;  
  5. Resolve routine and unfamiliar problems in regards to construction principles and methods for commercial and industrial buildings using information, technology, logic and ethical decision making; and  
  6. Apply a range of personal and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively to a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences within the building construction field.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment One (1) Team Project report and oral presentation (1000 words) 30%
Test Two (2) Class Tests (500 words each) 40%
Examination End of Semester Examination (2 hours) 30%

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
R. Barry (2014)

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

Building Construction: Principles, Materials and Systems
Mehta, Scarborough, Armpriest (2008)
Prentice Hall

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