Course Title: Evaluate Materials for Construction of Residential Dwellings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: BUIL5606

Course ID: 033920

Course Title: Evaluate Materials for Construction of Residential Dwellings

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Program Code: C5143 - Diploma of Building Design and Technology

Course Contact : Michael Goss

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Richard Peterson

9925 4819

Nominal Hours: 40

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Where related units form an integral part of workplace responsibilities and roles, these units should be co-assessed

Course Description

This unit relates to the characteristics and quality standards of building materials, giving particular emphasis to those commonly selected and used in residential buildings (past and present).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LCTE Evaluate Materials for Construction of Residential Dwellings


Demonstrate knowledge of the properties, quality standards, testing, performance and visual characteristics of building materials.


Identify and select building materials commonly used in construction process.


Identify defects in materials, short and long-term degradation of materials, timber preservation and protection of metals.


Investigate suitable materials for typical residential building with regard to their structural adequacy, serviceability, appearance, compatibility, cost and fire resistance.

Learning Outcomes

-Demonstrate knowledge of the properties, testing, performance and visual characteristics of building materials.

-Investigate suitable materials for typical residential buildings regarding structural adequacy, serviceability, appearance, compatibility cost and fire resistance.

-Identify defects in materials, short and long term degradation, timber preservation and metal protection.

-Identify and select building materials commonly used in construction processes.

Overview of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

Attend Powerpoint lectures

Complete projects

Teaching Schedule

1. Introduction
2,3,4. Timber

5. Stone
6,7,8 Concrete

9. Plaster.
10. Brick.
11. Applied Finishes
12 & 13 Metals
14. Glass

15. Plastics

16. Review

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


AUBRCC Building Code of Australia. Volume 1. ( Residential )
Appendices & Update Service. Canberra.

Steel Profile. BHP Steel Group, Melbourne

Conran, Terence. The House Book. Mitchell Beazley, (London (1974) 1978

Guidelines for Building an Energy Efficient Home.
Energy Information Centre, Melbourne 1995.

Haugh, Michael. Cities and Natural Process. Routledge, London and New York 1995.

Info-Link, The Book2007. Building Products & Suppliers. Info-Link, Sydney 1995

Wilkie, George & Stuart Arden. Building Your Own Home, Landsdowne, Sydney

Lardner, Helen & Peterson, Richard. Caring for Historic Buildings. Guiodelines for Alterations and Additions to Historic Buildings. Historic Buildings Council, Melbourne 1993.

Other Resources


Digital Camera

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course is progressive and will require demonstrated competence in one or more of the following ways:

-Practical projects, drawings and documentation, visual and oral presentations, written assignments, reports,  visual recognition , written reports,and hand made 3D models .

All assignments will have set due dates which must be adhered to. Late submission of work will carry a penalty but may be considered by prior arrangement if supported with a medical certificate or other appropriate documentation.

Assessment Tasks

1. Identify two different interesting potential finishes for three types of wall. Provide specific  comparativeinformation each material, including costings.

2. Identify two different materials: Identify  address where installed, product name , specification, manufacturer and supplier and technical characteristics. Illustrate by photographs  the installation process, visit the manufacturer’s factory, describe the manufacturing process,  trade literature for specification, research or test results. 

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