Course Title: Building Services

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Building Services

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Matthew Francis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3907

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 008.08.24

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will develop your knowledge of the role of building services in determining how this discipline influences the construction process, building budgets, and building performance. You will also develop your understandings of how various types of building services equipment work and how they are integrated into a building. Topics covered include: heating and cooling, lighting, energy supply, on-site power generation, water supply and waste systems, fire safety, vertical transportation and building services for high-performance buildings. Energy efficiency is a recurring theme throughout the course.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) 

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

  • PLO1: Determine and apply knowledge of complex construction management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • PLO2: Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse construction management stakeholders
  • PLO3: 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
  • PLO4 : Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. CLO1 - Identify building services equipment and explain its function
  2. CLO2 - Describe how building services are integrated into a building
  3. CLO3 - Interpret building services drawings
  4. CLO4 - Explain how building services modify the indoor environment
  5. CLO5 - Determine how building performance and regulatory requirements affect the design and commissioning of building services
  6. CLO6 - Explain how energy is supplied to and used in buildings and the impact of energy efficiency on the design of sustainable buildings

Overview of Learning Activities

Topics will be introduced through lectures and developed further through workshops and guided readings. Workshop activities include class exercises and building site visits.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  All necessary resources for the course will be provided in class or online through Canvas or the library.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment consists of: 

Quiz 1 – Ventilation. 10% weighting. Individual. (CLO 1-6) 

Quiz 2 – Thermal performance. 10% weighting. Individual. (CLO 1-6) 

Quiz 3 – Lighting & hydraulics. 10% weighting. Individual. (CLO 1-6) 

Major assignment. 25% weighting. Group work. (CLO 1-6) 

Final exam. 45% weighting. Individual. (CLO 1-6) 

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or on-line discussions through individual and group feedback and via individual consultation.

Equitable Learning Services 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more. 

An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.