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Understanding the Built Environment (ABPL10005)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeABPL10005
Semester 1
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This subject provides a broad introduction to the processes and skills associated with the construction of buildings and introduces some of the techniques used in managing the construction process. The characteristics and nature of the construction industry are presented as well as an overview of the historical evolution of the built environment. The various roles and responsibilities in the construction industry are reviewed in the context of the building development process. Other critical aspects of the building development process are also presented, including the materials and equipment used in contemporary building projects, regulations, contracts, procurement methods, occupational health and safety, quality and project management. Emphasis is placed on the importance of organisation, problem solving, teamwork and communication in the construction industry, reinforced by the collaborative approach to subject activities and assessment. Emerging industry trends are explored, including environmental sustainability, technological innovation and the use of information technology. Construction site visits and industry professionals provide a real-world demonstration of the theories and principles covered.

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 the built environment;
  • Appreciate the role of building professionals and be aware of their responsibilities during the building development process;
  • Understand the general principles and underpinnings of building contracts;
  • Broadly recognise building materials, equipment and methods;
  • Understand the basic theories of management and project management;
  • Appreciate the importance and challenges of quality and occupational health and safety 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: 11 October 2019