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Construction Analysis (ABPL20033)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20033
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject was formerly called Construction Methods.

This subject explores the idea of construction as a process linking specific principles, materials, elements, systems and techniques strategically. Using a set of individual buildings as case studies, Construction Analysis will review and explain the physical anatomy of given technological types, emphasizing their latitude for change within accepted mechanical performance frameworks.

Intended learning outcomes

The objectives of this subject are to:

  • Relate building manufacturing and assembly principles to diverse small- to medium-scale construction projects;
  • Understand logics, conventions and challenges of technical representations;
  • Appreciate both the relationship and the distance between building conception and building implementation;
  • Transform this appreciation into an interpretative framework for the organization of small- to medium-scale architectural practice.

Generic skills

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

  • Ability to identify and follow the logics of construction;
  • Ability to communicate with peers and the community at large concerning construction matters;
  • Ability to select materials and systems to achieve coherent three-dimensional designs;
  • Ability to select and work with constructional types suitable to building scale and function;
  • Ability to identify and access necessary areas of knowledge.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ARCH10002 Construction as Alchemy
Semester 1
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Written and/or graphic submissions (e.g. tutorial exercises, class participation and presentations, materials, construction or site reports, construction drawings and models) due from weeks 3 to 12 to the equivalent of 2,400 words, (totalling 60%);
  • One written examination, not exceeding two hours at the end of semester.

Assessment may relate to work undertaken in other major subjects.
Hurdle requirement: Regardless of assignment results, a minimum mark of 40% must be achieved in the examination in order to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAlberto Pugnale
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTwo hours of lectures and two hours of tutorials per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

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This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

Last updated: 11 January 2018