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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 explored 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, 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.
This subject will provide a lens on the University’s Joining Melbourne Modules. These will be completed in parallel to the subject - unless already successfully completed. It will also support the Discovery goals for commencing students by introducing emerging concepts and research in the discipline area; ways to connect with the larger University community including peers, teachers and student groups; and awareness of academic expectations, and of wellbeing support offered at the University of Melbourne.
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 different procurement methods used in construction;
- Understand the basic theories of management and project management;
- Appreciate the importance and challenges of occupational health and safety in the construction industry;
- Develop an awareness of current building industry trends;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Joining Melbourne Modules, and the learning outcomes of these, in relation to this subject's content and learning activities.
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: 6 December 2023