This unit introduces students the principles of effective site and geotechnical investigations for the establishment and preparation of construction works. The unit will introduce standard survey techniques to monitor construction work (a) Set out a building on a selected site with minimal profiles, (b) Prepare, test and operate levelling devices, (c) Identify specialised levelling and surveying equipment available on large building projects for various set-out and checking procedures, (d) Compute coordinates and bearings, distances related to grids and general set-out work on large building sites. In addition the impact of site development on traditional owners or custodians are considered in relationship to international standards on human rights, sustainable development and the environment for the purpose of ensuring that traditional owners and custodians are able to practice their traditional laws and customs and exercise the full range of connection to Country, Students will work individually and collaboratively to assess, propose and present solutions to various construction site set-ups.

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NBC1101 - Maths for Builders

NBC1103 - Basic Structural Mechanics

Completion of minimum of 96cp.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review the principles of effective site and geotechnical investigations across a range of challenging situations;  
  2. Critically review and demonstrate appropriate standard survey techniques to set out and monitor construction work on large building sites;  
  3. Analyse and assess protection work requirements and demolition techniques and processes relevant to construction site establishment and operations;  
  4. Collaborate with others with responsibility and accountability for own learning in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice; and  
  5. Propose site management strategies to facilitate traditional owners or custodians to exercise their full range of connection to country resposibilities consistent with international standards on human rights, sustainable development and the environment.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test In-class test 10%
Assignment Practical Team Fieldwork 25%
Assignment Group project - Site investigation and Report (1000 words) 25%
Test In-class test 40%

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