Course Title: Construction Planning and Design 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Construction Planning and Design 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Thomas Simko

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3647

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.08.24

Course Coordinator Availability: Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses

  • BUIL1227 Introduction to Construction Processes; and
  • BUIL1241 Structures and Materials 1.

before you commence this course. 


Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Course Description

This course will integrate your knowledge and understanding of fundamentals of construction technology and processes. Specifically, this course emphasises the role of materials, methods, techniques and sequencing in the construction of buildings. Through your critical engagement in case studies you will consider the environmental impact of construction processes. Your developed knowledge of construction processes will include understanding the role of planning, scheduling and estimating in the effective management of construction resources.
Topics studied include:
• Construction technology
• Construction processes
• Occupational health and safety (OH&S)
• Production planning
• Building measurement and estimating

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: Utilise appropriate methods and techniques to design and /or execute research based or professionally focused construction management projects, demonstrating capacity for independent and collaborative learning, addressing real world industry issues
  • PLO5: 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: Describe the processes and technologies of construction
  2. CLO2: Utilise commercially available software to produce project documentation for a low-rise residential building
  3. CLO3: Analyse how building systems are constructed and impact on the environment , and the OHS implications.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a range of learning activities in this course including lectures, and class discussions designed to support your active learning through solving examples in class. Additional worked examples will be provided online to further support you to further develop your problem-solving skills.  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.

Resource material will be available online through the MyRMIT Canvas site for the course. These resources include the lecture slides, worked examples, problem solving exercises 

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer including books, journal articles, and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for all students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your school Liaison Librarian.

You will also have access to online materials, instructional tutorials, and readings through Canvas.

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: Group work: for given scenarios, prepare a report that identifies several energy efficiency requirements in the National Construction Code and investigates and simulates strategies for meeting these requirements. 34% Weighting. CLO1, CLO3.

Task 2: Group work:  Prepare a report concerning different aspects of production, planning and control. 33% Weighting. CLO2, CLO3. 

Task 3: Group work: prepare a report that includes different aspects of OH&S in the area of Construction Management to analyse OH&S specific issues by applying theoretical knowledge.  33% Weighting. CLO3.

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.

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.