Course Title: Introduction to Buildings

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Buildings

Credit Points: 12


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 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
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: Dr Mary Myla Andamon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9043

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 7, Room 60

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

The specific program learning outcomes you will develop in this course are:

  •  Determine and apply knowledge of complex construction management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • 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

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the different and significant assets within the construction industry
  • Identify and describe the diverse features and functions of buildings and structures
  • Analyse the features of buildings and structures in relation to purpose, function and context
  • 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.

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 available online through Canvas.

Overview of Assessment

The learning outcomes detailed above will be assessed in this course. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Your ability to critically evaluate features of buildings and structures and your knowledge of building design will be developed through your analysis of diverse resources including case studies, and through industry site visits and field trips.
Assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to, individual and group assignments, individual or group reports, class presentations and examination.

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.
A student 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, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: