Course Title: Construction Technology (Commercial)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Construction Technology (Commercial)

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,
Sem 1 2010

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 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.
This is the third course on the technology of construction and focuses on the major elements and systems employed on large construction projects, specifically focused with works relating to below ground level for highrise construction.
This course will also introduce students to the applied building regulations. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

An ability to:-
2.1 identify a problem.

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

2.3 put professional practice into a global context, adopting appropriate international best practices and standards at all times.

2.4 achieve an internationally recognised qualification through accreditation by leading international professional bodies appropriate to the stream studied.

2.5 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.

3.5 work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and to positively contribute to professional outcomes.

4. Communication

An ability to:-
4.1 communicate with a wide range of clients, authorities, professionals and other stakeholders.

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.

1.3 receive and synthesise information, from a wide range of people, to achieve an informed outcome.

5. Strategic thinking and action

An ability to:-

5.1 adopt a professional attitude to thinking through problems, evaluating alternative actions and adopting the most defensible strategy.

5.2 adopt a strategic view where problems are part of a larger system, and where feasible solutions must respect the future goals and aspirations of numerous stakeholders.

6. Socially aware and responsible practice

An ability to:-
6.2 apply appropriate practices and regulations in the work environment, including health and safety practices.

6.3 recognise and make informed judgments about the impact of professional practice on clients and the wider community.

6.4 recognise and deal with environmental, sustainable and cultural issues responsibly and ethically.

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be conversant with the technology of major construction relating mainly to ground works and basement construction, and be able to evaluate the relative merits of various forms of construction techniques. Students will gain a further understanding of the building regulations using the ’Building Code of Australia’, ’Building Regulations 2006’, and the ’Building Act 1993’. Specific topics covered are outlined in the study program.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of commercial construction up to ground level. Students learning experiences will be gained through lectures, the use of streamed video materials (available through ’Blackboard’), tutorials, and a site visit.

Overview of Learning Resources

Streamed videos and lecture notes are available through ’Blackboard’.

Other publications will be added during the lecture series, as necessary for further reading

The Australian Codes and the Building Code of Australia can be accessed via RMIT library online

Overview of Assessment

For any major piece of assessment a minimum of 40% grade must be achieved. A combined overall aggregate minimum of 50% achieved to receive a pass grade.