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Building and Construction Studies 1 (8518.5)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment


  • UC - Canberra, Bruce
    Year Teaching Period Convener Mode of Delivery
    2021 Semester 2 DR   Larry   HU (Ph: ) ON-CAMPUS

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In this unit students will be introduced to the techniques and principals of residential construction including the technology, terminology and detailed design of typical buildings. They will explore site set out, the construction of footings, floor, wall and roof framing, cladding, windows and doors, finishes and joinery. They will also be introduced to the interpretation of architectural drawings by builders.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Review simple building plans to understand the interrelationship and function of components in residential buildings;

2. Describe traditional and alternate construction methods, terminology and details for residential buildings including building services;

3. Recognise the importance of the Building Code of Australia and relevant Australian Standards throughout the sequence of the residential build; and

4. Explain process and principles of site survey and set out.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

On campus attendance is expected set time blocks equivalent to 3 hours per week (lecture plus tutorial or workshop).





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