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Construction of Residential Buildings (ABPL20042)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20042
Semester 1
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This subject was formerly known as Residential Construction and Structures.

A major portion of the general public has aspirations for home ownership and this continues to drive the residential market in Australia. This subject provides an introduction to residential and multi-unit residential low rise construction systems with an emphasis on materials selection, usage and construction methods. The various structural systems and design concepts currently in use are incorporated and interlinked into all the topics, which include an introduction to footing, floor, wall and roof framing systems and their compliance with Australian Standard Codes. The structural considerations include the analysis of loads, load paths, lateral stability, timber column and beam design for strength and stiffness, and general beam behaviour and statics analysis. The issue of materials technology, its application and performance are incorporated throughout the lecture series leading to an awareness of building pathology and maintenance. The subject also provides an introduction to residential services.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand the design principles underpinning housing shelter – structure, enclosure, services;
  • Understand and interpret residential documentation including architectural, construction and shop drawings;
  • Understand and use the Building Code of Australia and key Australian Standards to design housing elements such as concrete slabs, floors, walls and roof systems;
  • Understand the roles of the various actors in housing production, clients, builders, sub-contractors, building inspectors, product manufactures;
  • Link basic structural design concepts with current residential construction practices;
  • Identify design and construction solutions on building sites through critical observation;
  • Communicate those design and construction solutions by means of sketches and drawings;
  • Identify and evaluate alternative design and construction systems.

Generic skills

  • Analytical skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Drawing reading skills.
  • Research skills.

Last updated: 24 October 2019