In this unit of study, the analysis and design of structures in buildings and the behaviour of the most widely used construction and building materials are examined. Various forms of structural systems typically adopted in timber, reinforced concrete and steel construction, design loads on buildings, soil classification, ground behaviour and footing systems are analysed and interpreted. The important link between ecologically sustainable design and building material choice is appraised, including the significance of Green Star Ratings.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Contextualize knowledge of both traditional and contemporary construction and building materials behaviour and their properties;  
  2. Interrogate contemporary issues related to the choice and selection of sustainable materials for adequate performance, including life cycle analysis and recyclability;  
  3. Critically analyse the application and installation requirements of construction and building materials and components in various environments and the most appropriate forms of construction for various building sizes and types;  
  4. Critically evaluate structural and geotechnical design principles and characteristics for various construction forms and materials; and  
  5. Exemplify effective and relevant interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively within the workplace and with the general public.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Case Study: Traditional vs contemporary construction practices and building materials (1000 words) 20%
Assignment Assignment: Sustainable materials in building construction (1500 words) 30%
Report Report: Geotechnical and structural design (2500 words) 50%

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