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ICT in Building (ABPL90331)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90331
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject explores the use of information and communication technologies from design to construction, to the post-delivery life cycle of buildings. The subject follows three overlapping themes: (i) historical overview of informatisation in the building industry, including the opportunities and constraints that follow these developments; (ii) discussion of contemporary issues in the delivery of building projects and potential solutions offered by ICT; and (iii) exposure to selected ICT methodologies and tools such as building information modeling and integrated project delivery solutions. The subject is organised as an advanced seminar supplemented with hands-on workshops in use of specific ICT solutions.

Intended learning outcomes

  • To understand and respond to the changing operating context of building industry.
  • To critically assess and adopt ICT-based solutions in building life cycle.
  • To cultivate deeper understanding about pressures to change, possible responses and future scenarios in construction.
  • To gain exposure to global trends in project design to delivery using ICT-based approaches.

Generic skills

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

  • Ability to contextualise present conditions and frame future responses.
  • Ability to assess and identify organisational and cultural changes.
  • Ability to synthesise scholarly arguments and technical solutions.
  • Ability to articulate and present arguments in presentations and scholarly reports.

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

Or 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



  • Class participation (10%), through comments and remarks displaying understanding of the information required to inform project participants of their roles in a given project, and the ways to accomplish its production.
  • Professional report equivalent to 3500 words (60%) due in week 10, focusing on effective ways of structuring communication in a building project by using information technologies.
  • Class presentation of 15- 20 minutes (30%) held in week 12, demonstrating one’s ability to synthesise the complex information required to plan, organise, lead and control a construction project.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorDominik Holzer
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 hours per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 8 July 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

Additional delivery details

Quota 30

Students will be selected into the subject as they self-enrol during the timely re-enrolment period. Any students enrolling after the quota has been reached will be withdrawn from the subject and advised of the alternative subjects available.

For detailed information on the quota subject application process and due dates, refer to the EDSC Quota Subjects webpage: http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/quota-subjects.

Further information

Last updated: 16 June 2018