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Commercial Construction (ABPL90293)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90293
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Commercial construction relates to high, medium or low rise office or apartment buildings, hospitals and institutional buildings, shopping centres and sporting facilities. Each project has characteristic structural forms and resultant methods of construction. Structural design concepts for steel and reinforced concrete are analysed and their influence on construction methods assessed. The topics covered include the interpretation of steel and reinforced concrete drawings and specifications, steel and reinforced concrete framed buildings, industrial ground slabs, basement construction and site retention methods, piling systems and construction methods to suit various geotechnical conditions, composite construction, tilt slab construction methods, precast concrete building systems and hybrid construction systems.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject will introduce the design concepts for steel and reinforced concrete structures and is intended for students who enrol in the Master of Construction Management without a background in construction. Upon completion of the subject, the student should be able to:

  • appreciate the factors affecting the choice of structural system, the choice of construction materials, and the construction process for commercial buildings;
  • understand the roles and responsibilities of the designers, builders and other parties involved in the design and construction of a commercial building;
  • read and interpret construction drawings;
  • communicate construction solutions by means of sketches and drawings;
  • and propose and evaluate alternative construction systems.

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject, students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • problem solving skills;
  • analytical skills;
  • communication skills.

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into one of the following courses:

MC-CM Master of Construction Management
MC-CONMG3Y Master of Construction Management (300 points)


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



Non-allowed subjects

702-672 Concrete Structures and Construction

702-677 Structures and Construction Systems

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


  • Assignment equivalent to 1000 words (20%) due in week 5, on the design and proposed construction method for a concrete structural system.
  • Assignment equivalent to 1000 words (20%) due in week 9, on the design and proposed construction system for either a steel portal frame, industrial ground slab, precast or post-tensioned system.
  • Three hour examination equivalent to 3000 words during the examination period (60%) focussing on reinforced concrete design and the various structural systems covered in the course.

Hurdle requirement: A minimum mark of 40% must be achieved in the examination in order to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorVidal Paton-Cole
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 x 2 hour lectures per week; 1 x 1 hour tutorial/seminar per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

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Last updated: 16 August 2017