Course Title: Introduction to Buildings
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Introduction to Buildings
Credit Points: 12.00
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
Course Coordinator: Mary Myla Andamon
Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9043
Course Coordinator Email: email@example.com
Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 8, Room 77
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
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:
- CLO1: Demonstrate knowledge of the different and significant assets within the construction industry
- CLO2: Identify and describe the diverse features and functions of buildings and structures
- CLO3: Analyse the features of buildings and structures in relation to purpose, function and context
- 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 such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.
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.
Task 1: Individual. Five (5) online exercises each at 5%. Total weighting 25%. CLO1, CLO2
Formative assessment - evaluation of student comprehension and progress:
OE 1 - Understanding and interpreting building design documentation (Week 3)
OE 2 - Footings and foundations (Week 5)
OE 3 - Structural systems (Week 8)
OE 4 - HVAC systems (Week 10)
OE 5 - Water supply and waste systems (Week 11)
Feedback will be given after online test closes. Answers/solutions will be discussed in class.
Task 2: Group (maximum of 3 students per group). Building appreciation. Total weighting 35%. CLO2, CLO3, CLO4
Preliminary report - 12%; Final report - 23%.
Groups will prepare a professional report synthesising the analysis and evaluation of a case study building. Students working in group will develop capacities in collaborative work in examining the design of buildings and structures.
Feedback will be given on the preliminary report to guide groups in completing the final report. Feedback on the final report will also be provided.
Task 3: Individual. Final exam. Total weighting 40%. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4
Cumulative assessment - evaluation of student learning and skill acquisition.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
Equitable Learning Services
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.