Complex Construction

Unit code: NBC3204 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
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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.

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. Diagnose and plan the rectification of common building faults and verify the regulatory inspections made when constructing a complex or high-rise building project;
  4. Assess and report on the issues encountered by complex or high-rise buildings including funding, ownership, design, construction and social and environmental issues; and
  5. Advocate the development and implementation of innovative high-rise building practices.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 10%
Individual assignment - Part A
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Individual assignment - Part B
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 40%
Team project
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 10%
Team oral presentation

Required reading

Building Code of Australia Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings
National Construction Code Series (latest ed) | ABCB Publications, Canberra
Energy efficiency provisions
National Construction Code (latest ed)| ABCB Publications, Canberra

As part of a course

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