Building Engineering

Unit code: NBS6003 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
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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.

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. 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;
  3. Critically evaluate structural and geotechnical design principles and characteristics for various construction forms and materials; and
  4. Exemplify effective and relevant interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively within the workplace and with the general public.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 15%
Structural analysis
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 25%
Design and construction report
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
In-class test
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 40%
Group PBL Project: Geotechnical and structural design

Required reading

Recommended texts and other reading and course materials will be listed in VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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