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Structures and Materials (8041.4)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Built Environment and Design


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    The following areas will be taught as part of this unit:- Introduction to building and construction structures.- Principles of structural behaviour in building structures due to differing forces.- Calculations relating to these forces.- Understanding design of temporary structures.- Behaviours of various types of materials, physical mechanical and chemical used in building construction.- The use of various forms of data (graphs, datasheets, tables, standards) to gain knowledge of materials used in construction.- Selection of suitable materials for differing situations encountered in construction (including situations such as joining of differing materials).- Various OH and S issues in regards to materials e.g. asbestos, MDF and disposal of treated timber products.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. Apply principles in understanding structural behaviour of building structures.

    2. Understand basic building design using structural principles and calculations.

    3. Understand the requirements of forces on temporary structures

    4. Develop technical abilities in recognising and understanding the behaviours of various types of materials used in building construction.

    5. Use sources such as graphs, datasheets, tables and standards to problem solve situations found in construction

    6. Give an informed opinion or be able to converse with the relevant professional about the selection of materials for construction applications.

    7. Understand OH&S issues in regards to materials and be able to understand the need of safe operating environments for using materials

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    A three hour period broken into three periods with breaks comprising of materials and structures lectures.


    Admission to a course for undergraduate degree offered by the University of Canberra.

    Assumed Knowledge

    It is recommended that students have Year 12 Mathematics and English. International students need to meet the English language requirements of the University of Canberra.

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