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Prefabrication in Building (ABPL90325)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90325
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 2
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

Prerequisites

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

OR

approval from the subject coordinator.

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Recommended background knowledge

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90309 Supply Chains in Construction
Semester 1
12.5

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

Assessment

  • 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 2
    Principal coordinatorAndre Stephan
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursOne 3 hour 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

Additional delivery details

This subject will not run every year.

Further information

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

Related majors/minors/specialisations

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

Last updated: 24 May 2017