Course Title: Construction Technology (General)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Construction Technology (General)

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Constr & Proj Mgt


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Digby Forbes

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252230

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course adds to BUIL1103 Construction Technology 1 and BUIL1105 Construction Science. Areas of study will incorporate those items as listed on the attached study program and including introduction to building regulations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course, the students will be able to:

- compare, analyse and evaluate the relative merits of building components following on from Construction Technology 1;

- compare, apply and analyse the relevant legislation and controls that apply in the state of Victoria to Class 1 and 10 buildings;

- describe, analyse, compare and evaluate simple steel and concrete structures and be aware of the problems that can be associated with poor construction management.

- describe and recognise the development of major construction forms of ancient times to the present day, by use of video presentations and group research.

The areas covered will include dams, arches, bridges and such projects as Eiffel Tower and World Wide Plaza in NY City. It will consider the development processes leading to the modern high-rise building.


This course will enable students to explain how buildings (under the listed topic headings) are constructed, and to exhibit a logical and rational approach to problem solving.

Capabilities in this course will be developed concurrently in the following courses:
Residential Design and Measurement
Capabilities in this course will be developed subsequently in the following courses:
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 end of the course, students will be able to:

  • understand concrete and its properties
  • appreciate the use of concrete as a building material
  • get knowledge of techniques used in concrete construction
  • understanding of steel structures
  • appreciation of building regulations

Overview of Learning Activities

Student learning experiences will include lectures, videos and case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

As per the reference and text list

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 a module, designated by the course guide, you will be deemed to have failed the whole course and will have to repeat it.