Course Title: Introduction to Buildings

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Buildings

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Mary Myla Andamon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9043

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 8, Room 77

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to the construction of buildings and structures which will provide a background to your learning in all subsequent construction courses. This course focuses on the products of construction and explores the features and functions of buildings and structures.
Specifically, you will be introduced to the history of buildings and structures and to the main types of assets that the construction industry designs and produces. You will develop your knowledge of the distinctive and shared features of these different assets and your understanding of the role these assets play in the wider economic and social contexts.

Emphasis is also placed on the terminology of buildings and the industry. Topics studied include:

  • Introduction to the history of structures and buildings
  • Types of buildings and structures
  • Functions and features of buildings and structures


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: 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

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. CLO1: Demonstrate knowledge of the different and significant assets within the construction industry
  2. CLO2: Identify and describe the diverse features and functions of buildings and structures
  3. CLO3: Analyse the features of buildings and structures in relation to purpose, function and context
  4. CLO4: Evaluate the design of buildings and structures

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts in the course will be explained and illustrated through interactive workshops that focus on case studies of buildings around Melbourne and the world. Workshops will be a blend of interactive instruction, group work and presentations.   You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities delivered face-to-face. The course consists of a series of lectures, tutorials/workshops, seminars, project work, class discussions, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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 Tasks

Task 1: Individual. Five (5) online exercises each at 5%. Total weighting 25%. CLO1, CLO2

Task 2: Group (maximum of 3 students per group). Building appreciation. Total weighting 30%. CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Task 3: Individual. Final exam. Total weighting 45%. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Feedback will be given 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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.