Course Title: Construction Technology (Residential)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Construction Technology (Residential)

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Constr & Proj Mgt


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Mark Vines

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2230

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Knowledge of the technology of buildings is an integral part of the decision making process for those in positions of responsibility in the construction industry.

The specific aim of this course is to introduce students to the Standards Australia house and the materials and technologies associated with their construction, and an introduction to overall procurement practices.

This course forms part of the technology component of the program.

The graduate will be working alongside other professionals as part of a combined effort to provide a high quality product to clients. The role will require graduates to engage with other professionals in a wide range of areas from technology processes to people management skills.

This course will aid graduates to deliver professional expertise to a construction project providing high quality outcomes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Capabilities built in this course, will be further developed during the program, and are critical to the overall desired capabilities for the first year of the program. Students will be able to manage the construction of a simplified low rise residential building. Where appropriate, to provide leadership in these roles.
Capabilities in this course will be developed concurrently in the following courses:
Residential Documentation
Construction Science
Capabilities in this course will be developed subsequently in the following courses:
Residential Design and Measurement
Construction Technology (general)
Measurement and Estimating
Construction Management
The specific graduate capabilities that will be addressed, further developed and refined in this course are:
1. Reflective practice

An ability to:-
1.1 reflect on the actions and outcomes of professional practice, and the contribution made to personal and professional practice, the strategies of the employer, and the goals and aspirations of clients and the community.

1.2 to seek further knowledge and understanding as part of life-long learning.

2. Evidence based practice

2.1 identify a problem.

2.2 defend actions and outcomes logically, coherently and with reference to the techniques and methods used in practice.

2.4 adapt to changing methods, technology, practice and contexts.

3. Problem diagnosis and solving
An ability to:-

3.1 resolve problems using sound problem-solving methodologies.

3.2 synthesise knowledge with professional experience to produce the best outcomes when faced with problems.

3.6 utilise technology to assist professional practice and enhance decision-making capacity.

4. Communication

4.2 ask appropriate questions in a manner that is understood by the other person, listen to, and use, the answer to properly and professionally inform the outcome or path of action chosen.

6. Socially aware and responsible practice

6.2 apply appropriate practices and regulations in the work environment, including health and safety practices.

At the conclusion of this course a student will be able to: understand and describe the details of forms of construction and building components generally associated with simple buildings; calculate member sizes for economical construction; describe the sequence of operations in the construction process of building residential buildings; describe the basic timber house frame using appropriate codes and manuals.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of basic residential construction. Students learning experiences will be gained through lectures, video tapes / cds, tutorials, and site visits.

Overview of Learning Resources

- Victorian Timber Framing Manual  will be used extensively. This can be accessed electronically through the RMIT library site as well.

- Australian Standards can be accessed via the web through the ’e - journals’ via RMIT Library web site.

- A pdf copy of the appropriate Acts and Regulations can be obtained through the Building Commission web site.

- streamed video lectures are accessible through Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

For any designated module in a course you must achieve:
• 50% overall,
• at least 40% in the assessment allocated to assignment work or class tests.
• at least 40% in assessment allocated to examinations

If you fail an assessment piece by less than 40% as designated by the course guide, you will be deemed to have failed the whole course and will have to repeat it.

All assignments must be submitted electronically through the Blackboard site.