ABPL20042 Construction of Residential Buildings

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours lecture and 1 hour torial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours


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Credit Points:

Students who were admitted in the BEnvs pre-2013 and have completed ENVS10003 Constructing Environments, may seek approval for a prerequisite waiver from the Environments and Design Student Centre.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Andrew Martel


Email: aamartel@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This subject was formerly known as Residential Construction and Structures.

A major portion of the general public has aspirations for home ownership and this continues to drive the residential market in Australia. This subject provides an introduction to residential and multi-unit residential low rise construction systems with an emphasis on materials selection, usage and construction methods. The various structural systems and design concepts currently in use are incorporated and interlinked into all the topics, which include an introduction to footing, floor, wall and roof framing systems and their compliance with Australian Standard Codes. The structural considerations include the analysis of loads, load paths, lateral stability, timber column and beam design for strength and stiffness, and general beam behaviour and statics analysis. The issue of materials technology, its application and performance are incorporated throughout the lecture series leading to an awareness of building pathology and maintenance. The subject also provides an introduction to residential services.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand the design principles underpinning housing shelter – structure, enclosure, services;
  • Understand and interpret residential documentation including architectural, construction and shop drawings;
  • Understand and use the Building Code of Australia and key Australian Standards to design housing elements such as concrete slabs, floors, walls and roof systems;
  • Understand the roles of the various actors in housing production, clients, builders, sub-contractors, building inspectors, product manufactures;
  • Link basic structural design concepts with current residential construction practices;
  • Identify design and construction solutions on building sites through critical observation;
  • Communicate those design and construction solutions by means of sketches and drawings;
  • Identify and evaluate alternative design and construction systems.
  • Four minor assignments (total equivalent to 800 words) due in week 3, 6, 9, and 12 (20% total);
  • Major assignment (equivalent to 800 words) due in Week 12 (20)%;
  • A three hour examination, at the end of the semester (60%).
Prescribed Texts:

Coursework notes available.

Recommended Texts:

R. Barry (1999), The Construction of Buildings, Vol. 1, Ed. 7, Wiley-Blackwell.

A. Hanaor (1998), Principles of Structures, Wiley-Blackwell.

G. Wilkie (2003), Building Your Own Home, New Holland.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Analytical skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Drawing reading skills.
  • Research skills.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Architecture major
Bachelor of Design Elective Subjects
Civil (Engineering) Systems major
Construction major
Engineering Systems
Environmental Engineering Systems major
Environments Discipline subjects
Non- allowed Breadth Subjects within the Bachelor of Design - relating to specific majors
Restrictions for Breadth Options within the Bachelor of Environments - relating to specific majors
Related Breadth Track(s): Introduction to Construction
Construction Technologies and Principles

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