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Commercial Construction (ABPL90293)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
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 Master of Construction Management (300 points) MC-CONMG3Y or Master of Construction Management (300pt Entry Points) MCCM-300EP


Completion of the following 2 subjects

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


Approval from the Course Coordinator



Non-allowed subjects

702-672 Concrete Structures and Construction

702-677 Structures and Construction Systems

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



  • 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 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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  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and Exchange students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.

Last updated: 16 June 2018