Course Title: Building Services

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Building Services

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Matthew Francis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3907

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 008.08.24

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will develop your knowledge of the role of building services in determining building performance. You will also develop your understandings of how various types of building services equipment work and how they are integrated into a building. Topics covered include: heating cooling, lighting, energy supply, on-site power generation, building management systems, water supply and waste systems, fire safety, vertical transportation and building services for high-performance buildings. Energy efficiency is a recurring theme throughout the course.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex construction management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse construction management stakeholders
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
  • Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify building services equipment and explain its function
  • Describe how building services are integrated into a building
  • interpret building services drawings
  • Explain how building services modify the indoor environment
  • Determine how building performance and regulatory requirements affect the design and commissioning of building services
  • Explain how energy is supplied to and used in buildings and the impact of energy efficiency on the design of sustainable buildings

Overview of Learning Activities

Topics will be introduced through lectures and developed further through workshops and guided readings. Workshop activities include class exercises, working in laboratories and building site visits.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  All necessary resources for the course will be provided in class or online through Blackboard or the library.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include, but is not limited to, assignments, reports, on-line tests and a final exam.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or on line discussions through individual and group feedback and via individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter ( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc .