Course Title: Building Modelling and Simulation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Building Modelling and Simulation

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Nicola Willand

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3679

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.24

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The application of modelling and computer simulation tools plays an integral role in the design and evaluation of energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Design, engineering and project management professionals use building simulation to understand and assess building performance. The results of modelling and simulation are required at multiple stages of the design process and need to be evaluated, critiqued and communicated to multiple stakeholders, including clients, architects, engineers and regulatory bodies.

In this course you will develop the specialised skills and knowledge required to carry out complex simulation and modelling tasks, developing professional capabilities in multiple modelling platforms including thermal, air flow and lighting simulation. You will gain expert knowledge in this emerging field, allowing you to understand the limitations and accuracy of building simulation. You will further develop skills for communicating the outcomes of building simulation to diverse stakeholders and to facilitate their use in the delivery of successful design strategies and implementations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex sustainable building theory, principles and practice, to contribute to the design and management of sustainable buildings
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on sustainable building theory and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  • Professionally communicate and justify sustainable building design principles, strategies, solutions and/or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders, including across the government and industry sectors
  • Adopt a building performance and systems approach, and apply specialist knowledge and technical skills to creatively address the diverse needs of sustainable building stakeholders

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

  • Critically analyse and apply the principles of building simulation to the design, operation, construction and assessment of energy efficient and sustainable buildings.
  • Evaluate and communicate complex sustainable strategies utilising modelling and simulation methods to inform the sustainable building design process
  • Utilise a variety of modelling tools and software to analyse building performance.
  • Apply specialised software technologies to perform building valuations for diverse local and global projects

Overview of Learning Activities

The course consists of on-line course materials, interactive workshops and seminars. You will be engaged in hands-on face to face and online interactive class activities, group discussions and computer based workshops.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
As part of the learning in this course you will be directed to lecture notes and other related information through links in MyRMIT. Resources you will utlise in this course include lecture notes, case studies, software packages and library resources.

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.
Assessment may include written report(s), individual/group assignments, in-class presentations and building simulation exercises where you will apply selected building simulation programs to determine building sustainability performance.
Feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks.

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