Course Title: Structures and Materials 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Structures and Materials 1

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr David Oswald

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1091

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 8, Room 67 (8.8.67)

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment (via email)

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses BUIL1226 Introduction to Buildings and BUIL1227 Introduction to Construction Processes before you commence this course.

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 you to the Standards Australia house and the materials and technologies associated with their construction, have the ability to design simple timber and steel beams, and an introduction to overall procurement practices. The structural design of components will be aligned with residential housing.

This course forms part of the technology component of the program.
This course will aid you as a graduate to deliver professional expertise to a construction project providing high quality outcomes.

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

At the conclusion of this course a student will be able to:

  • Describe the details of forms of construction and building components generally associated with residential buildings;
  •  Calculate member sizes for economical construction in timber and steel
  • Analyse and apply construction sequencing  to residential buildings
  • Analyse and apply the National Construction  Code and  Australian standards to residential buildings 
  • Utilise construction management technologies to formulate and communicate construction design solutions for residential buildings

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of basic structures to residential construction setting up basic knowledge for later semesters. Students learning experiences will be gained through lectures and tutorials. A lab visit is envisaged but to be confirmed.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Your learning will also be supported through the following resources:

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

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 given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment may include, but is not limited to, assignments.
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.
A student 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: