Building Materials

Unit code: NBC2005 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
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The unit introduces the students to the behaviour, properties, performance and limitations of the most widely used construction materials. It also incorporates a comprehensive approach relating to the discovery and application of sustainable measures and initiatives in the area of modern building materials. The important link between ecologically sustainable design and construction material choice is explored, including the significance of Green Star Ratings.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the types, properties and applicability of materials; most commonly used in building construction work
  2. Demonstrate an appropriate knowledge of both traditional and contemporary construction and building materials such as masonry, aluminium, glass, polymers and composites
  3. Identify the application and installation requirements of construction materials and components in various environments;
  4. Distinguish the factors which influence the choice and selection of sustainable materials for adequate performance, including life cycle analysis and recyclability; and
  5. Describe the importance of the WHS and environmental requirements for working in a construction site with specific materials

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Group Lab Reports (2)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 40%
Team Report and Presentation
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Tests (2) (week1 and 4)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
A reflection on the use of modern and sustainable building materials

Required reading

Students will be provided with class notes and additional resources online, in line with the topics. There are no required texts for this unit.

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