Course Title: Building Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Building Science

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Offsh3 13,
Offsh3 14,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh3 16

Course Coordinator: Dr Jin Woo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0414

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bldg 8 Level 8 Room 77

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


BUIL1226 Introduction to Buildings is a "Required Prior Study" for this course. 

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the science of building design and construction. You will develop your knowledge of building design principles and how design and actual construction impacts on building performance. The focus of the course is on how buildings interact with the environment.
Topics covered include:

  • Thermal comfort and climate
  • Ventilation and indoor air quality
  • Passive and active environmental controls
  • Natural and artificial lighting
  • Acoustics
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Materials and wastes
  • Building performance evaluation systems

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
  • 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
  • Critically examine and reflect on the profession, in local and/or global contexts, and question accepted interpretations and decision making

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

  • Identify how the different systems of a building contribute to the building system as a whole
  • Explain environmental influences on buildings
  • Apply principles of building science to assess building design and performance
  • Apply scientific methods to critically evaluate claims on building performance
  • Design integrated systems to optimize building performance

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course include lectures, workshops (case studies, calculations and simulations) and web administered learning materials

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The learning resources for this course will be communicated to you during the semester.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback and by 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, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: