Fundamentals of Building Construction

Unit code: NBC1111 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time


This unit introduces students to common construction systems, construction materials, construction methodologies applied to simple building and their sustainable alternatives. Materials topics include selection of suitable materials for differing situations encountered in construction and OH and S and sustainability issues with regard to methods and materials, including consideration of indigenous values and practices. Construction topics include: sustainable site operations, sub-structure, super-structure and enclosure methodologies for simple residential buildings.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesise and communicate resolutions to construction problems by means of sketches and drawings;
  2. Propose and evaluate alternative and sustainable construction systems and materials in a range of situations;
  3. Assess OH and S and sustainability related issues for various construction materials including hazardous contents and their sustainable alternatives;;
  4. Integrate environmentally restorative and regenerative principles to the processes of sustainable residential design and construction including the conservation and implementation of indigenous culture and practices;
  5. Collaborate with others with responsibility and accountability for own learning in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice; and
  6. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement and understanding of principles of academic integrity.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 10%
Professional communication in practice exercise: Report on Sustainable Design
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
3 multiple-choice tests - 30 minutes/10% each
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 20%
Hand-sketch and digital detailing portfolio
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Construction model (30%) and group presentation (10%)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules

Required reading

Students will be provided with class notes and additional resources online, in line with the topics.

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