Building and Construction Studies

Unit code: NBC2004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
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NBC1111 - Fundamentals of Building Construction
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 10%
Individual assignment - Part A
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Individual assignment - Part B
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 10%
Team project oral presentation
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 40%
Team construction and compliance report
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%

Required reading

No texts required for this unit. A range of resources will be available through VU Collaborate

As part of a course

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