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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