NBC3204 Complex Construction is concerned with the procedures, principles and methods of construction used for complex projects including tall buildings (over 300m in height) and designated by the National Construction Code (NCC) as being within Building Class 2 to 9. 

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
NBC3204

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review the temporary works, particularly scaffolding, formwork and falsework and plant selection processes used for complex or high-rise construction;  
  2. Justify the use of foundations systems, major excavation, stabilisation and dewatering techniques in the construction of basement levels of tall buildings;  
  3. Verify the functions, materials and details of the major components, the waste management strategies used and the regulatory inspections made when constructing a complex or high-rise project;  
  4. Diagnose and plan the rectification of common building faults;  
  5. Assess and report on the issues encountered by complex or high-rise buildings including funding, ownership, design, construction and social and environmental issues; and  
  6. Advocate the development and implementation of innovative building practices.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Two (2) Individual tutorial assignments (1000 word equivalent, 20% each) 40%
Test Two (2) Online Quizzes (10% each) 20%
Case Study Team design project and oral presentation (2000 word equivalent) 40%

Required reading

Building Code of Australia Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings Volume 1
National Construction Code Series (2016)
ABCB Publications, Canberra

Building Code of Australia Class 1 and Class 10 Buildings Volume 2
National Construction Code Series (2016)
ABCB Publications, Canberra

Plumbing Code of Australia Volume 3
National Construction Code Series (2016)
ABCB Publications, Canberra

Energy efficiency provisions Volume 1
National Construction Code (2016)
ABCB Publications, Canberra

In addition, a very comprehensive set of course notes will be available for most topics. These course notes will contain further references and reading material.

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