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Prefabrication in Building (ABPL90325)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90325
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject will expose you to the latest international developments in prefabrication and its application within construction. You will develop an appreciation for how prefabrication can be used to minimise or avoid many of the issues currently faced by the construction industry as well as the environmental, financial and social benefits that are possible.

The construction and associated challenges and benefits of prefabrication will be demonstrated through a series of case studies and site visits.

The use of prefabrication in construction will be covered at various scales and levels of complexity, including an in-depth look at a range of componentised, panelised and modular construction systems.

You will also develop professional expertise in the analysis of prefabrication as an alternative approach to procurement within the construction industry.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Build a critical appreciation for off-site construction approaches;
  • Analyse and compare the different procurement approaches used in prefabricated construction against conventional construction practices;
  • Quantify the benefits of prefabricated construction;
  • Develop an awareness of the latest international developments in prefabricated construction.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

Relate current research to industry practice;
Analyse and evaluate current procurement approaches;
Envisage and plan alternative construction procurement approaches;
Communicate in verbal, written and graphic forms appropriate to particular contexts;
Critically evaluate the work of others and provide constructive feedback.

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into one of the following courses:

MC-ARCH Master of Architecture
MC-ARCH2Y Master of Architecture (200 points)
MC-ARCH3Y Master of Architecture (300 points)
MC-LARCH Master of Landscape Architecture
MC-LARCH2Y Master of Landscape Architecture (200 points)
MC-LARCH3Y Master of Landscape Architecture (300 points)
MC-CM Master of Construction Management
MC-CONMG2Y Master of Construction Management (200 points)
MC-CONMG3Y Master of Construction Management (300 points)
MC-PROP Master of Property
MC-PROP2Y Master of Property (200 points)
MC-PROP3Y Master of Property (300 points)
MC-URPL Master of Urban Planning
234AA Master of Design
234AH Master of Design (Heritage)
373AA Graduate Diploma in Planning and Design


approval from the subject 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



  • Case study equivalent to 1000 words (20%) due in week 5, researching an existing international example of a prefabricated construction system.
  • Prefabricated building model (20%) due in week 7, designing and building a scaled model demonstrating an understanding of some of the principles associated with optimising prefabricated construction.
  • Prefabrication Report equivalent to 2500 words (40%) due in week 11, describing a prefabricated construction system for improving the performance of construction projects and firms. A draft version of the report

(Hurdle Requirement) is due in week 8.

  • Class presentation of 10 minutes (20%) held in week 12, communicating the major findings of the Prefabrication Report and highlighting recommendations for improving the performance of the construction industry using a prefabricated construction system,

(Hurdle Requirement).

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorAndre Stephan
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursOne 3 hour seminar per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Additional delivery details

This subject will not run every year.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes

    Safety boots, safety glasses and a high visibility vest are required for construction site visits in this subject (to be provided by the student)

  • 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