Maths for Builders

    Unit code: NBC1101 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    Online Real Time


    Quantitative knowledge and skills are fundamental to many disciplines and many professions. This unit aims to provide building students with opportunities to acquire essential knowledge and skills in fundamental quantitative areas including basic algebra, functions and trigonometry. The unit introduces those aspects of algebra, functions and trigonometry that are considered fundamental in building profession and that are required in subsequent technical units. Students who attain a solid understanding of these fundamentals will be able to make a confident transition to the study of other technical areas in the building discipline.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Evaluate and adapt a variety of trigonometric, geometric and financial equations, rules and ratio to building, construction, surveying and design problems and applications;
    2. Apply and compute graphical and algebraic techniques in determining the rates of change associated with loads, moments, kinematics and other building and construction related areas;
    3. Formulate mathematical description of a problem arising in building, construction, surveying and design;
    4. Contextualise mathematics in a variety of building, construction, surveying and design problems and applications.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 15%
    Four (4) Post-Class Quizzes
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 35%
    Three (3) In-Class Quizzes/Tests
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 30%
    Three (3) PBL Activities
    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 20%
    Project (Plan, Report and Presentation)

    Required reading

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

    As part of a course

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