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Building Services and Operations (ABPL90032)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90032
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The focus of this subject lies in the integration of services and energy efficient strategies into the fabric of the building and its construction process. After introductory material on environmental quality and energy related issues, the subject provides students with knowledge in the field of electrical, mechanical, air handling, hydraulic and communication services and particularly the construction issues they generate: levels of documentation and decision-making required; connections with process planning; spatial requirements for functioning, installation and access purposes; protection and quality assurance; building tolerances; systems integration; layout strategies; work sequences and temporary works; contract coordination; testing; maintenance; and upgrading-replacement.

Enrolment in SEM 1 is only with approval from the subject coordinator

Intended learning outcomes

  • To introduce students to systems and types of mechanical and engineering services needed in buildings;
  • To develop an understanding of basic modes of energy transfer;
  • To gain understanding of spatial and installation requirements for services;
  • To improve an understanding of the construction processes involved.

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • Ability to critically analyse systems needed for particular building use;
  • Ability to use correct technical terminology;
  • Ability to comprehend construction constraints and building operations.

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into Master of Construction Management (200 points) MC-CONMG2Y OR Master of Construction Management (200pt Entry Point) MCCM-200EP


Completion of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90086 Environmental Systems
Semester 1


Completion of one of the following two subjects:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90292 Construction of Buildings
Semester 1
ABPL90324 Materials and Structures
Semester 1


Approval from the Course Coordinator

Please note: SEM1 is only available to students who are graduating in July 2019, and will be selected by the course coordinator



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


Additional details

  • Class participation (10%), to drive collective, creative technical outcomes during class discussions.
  • Gathering of discussion-specific data throughout the semester equivalent to 2000 words (40%) due in week 8, requiring independent and team research about technical and construction aspects of building services.
  • Professional report equivalent to 3000 words (50%) due in week 12. This major work demonstrates the technical understanding and ability to evaluate building services options in design and construction.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorChristopher Jensen
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date10 December 2018
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Subject Coordinator

    Chris Jensen


  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorChristopher Jensen
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 3-hour studio per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Please note: SEM1 is only available to students who are graduating in July 2019, and will be selected by the course coordinator

Further information

Last updated: 23 May 2019