Course Title: Materials 1

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4014

Course Title: Materials 1

Portfolio: SET

Nominal Hours: 40.0

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Infra, Electrotec & Build Serv


Course Contact: Warwick Brewster

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4334

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

To provide learners with a knowledge of the characteristics and quality standards of building materials commonly used in residential scale buildings and to enable students to make informed selections of these materials.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

ABC005 Materials 1

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide the learner to develop knowledge & skills and able to:
• Describe the properties, quality standards, testing, performance and visual characteristics of commonly used residential building materials in accordance with acceptable standards of construction, relevant sections of The Building Code of Australia and applicable Australian Standards.
• Investigate and select suitable materials for either typical residential scale buildings or for a residential scale building project studied in conjunction with other modules, serviceability, appearance, compatibility, cost and fire resistance.
• Describe how the manufacture/conversion process effects the properties of building materials.
• Describe defects in materials, short and long term degradation of materials, timber preservation and protection of metals.
• Describe methods of materials transportation, site handling and site storage.
• Identify samples of building materials commonly used in residential scale buildings.
• Solve on-site problems which can commonly occur with building materials used in residential scale buildings.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is done through a combination of :
• Learning outcome test(s)
• Written examination