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Understanding the Built Environment (ABPL10005)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeABPL10005
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject was formerly known as The World of Building

This subject provides a broad introduction to the processes and skills embedded in the construction of buildings, to the nature of the industry developed around it, and to the material traditions societies have relied and rely on to produce their building fabric. The social and technical divisions of roles and responsibilities in the building industry are reviewed from a contemporary, historical and geographical perspective, and theories relating to the organisation and control of the processes involved are presented. Current building challenges are considered, including environmental concerns, ethical issues, technological innovation and transfer, workforce diversity and skills supply.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand the role of the construction industry in the economy and the key characteristics of the industry;
  • Appreciate the historical and cultural developments underlying the history of building;
  • Understand the cultural role of building technology;
  • Appreciate the role of building professionals and be aware of their responsibilities during the life cycle stages of a building project;
  • Understand the general principles and underpinnings of building contracts;
  • Broadly recognise building materials, equipment, methods and traditions;
  • Understand the basic theories of management and project management;
  • Appreciate the challenges facing different building actors in the construction industry;
  • Develop an awareness of current building industry trends.

Generic skills

Upon successful completion of this subject students will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:

  • analytical skills;
  • communication skills;
  • problem solving skills;
  • team working skills.

Last updated: 10 August 2019