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SSUD11-101: Understanding Buildings 1 September 2019 [Standard]

General information

This subject provides a descriptive overview of the building construction process. The topics covered include a step-by-step analysis of residential building construction, construction history, analysis of buildings which changed construction methodology, functional and performance requirements of buildings, materials used to construct buildings, building terminology, understanding and interpreting building drawings, and navigating residential building contracts and associated professional services required to undertake residential building. This subject will enable students to understand the terminology, methodology and stages of domestic construction and be able to evaluate a building design and construction drawings.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SSUD11-101
Subject title:Understanding Buildings 1
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Attend all sessions (Lectures and Tutorials). Most sessions build on the work from the previous session. It is difficult to recover if you miss a session. Attendance at tutorials will be monitored and could impact the final mark.


Prescribed resources:
  • George Wilkie,Stuart Arden (2003). Building Your Own Home. New Holland , 248. 76
  • Allan Staines The Australian House Building Manual. 8+, Pinedale Press , 157. 7
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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Recognise and describe the various construction processes covered in the subject and the different kinds of material used in the construction of buildings studied.
  2. Recognise, explain and illustrate the major functional building elements commonly used in residential construction, materials and finishes.
  3. Identify the function and purpose of buildings in terms of user requirements, stability, internal environments, building services and the expected outcomes from using particular materials.
  4. The ability to comprehend, interpret and analyse information presented on construction drawings and use the information to carry out the construction process from the initial site scrape to practical completion.
  5. A sound knowledge of legislative controls and the ability to research, critically evaluate, manage and apply these in the construction industry.
  6. Graduates will be able to identify the various stakeholders within the construction industry and their individual importance within the construction process.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Analysis § ^ Analysis of the methodology of construction a building 50% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) ^ Examination of coursework and other learning objectives detailed by the lecturer 50% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Pass requirement

To be eligible to sit the exam, students must have achieved a 50% pass in all summative assessment tasks. PLEASE NOTE: This includes tutorial work. Students must also achieve a 50% pass in the exam. Overall the aggregate grade for all assessments must achieve a minimum 50% of the combined subject assessment scores.

  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

A formal examination will be held during the examination period at the end of semester. Students will be required to attend at least one field trip throughout the semester dates at their own expense and by using own transport. Field trips can be up to one hour drive from campus. Students will be required to purchase a basic drawing implement pack from a stationery supplier (Incl. clutch pencil and ruler(s))

Subject curriculum

Course outline, History of domestic construction, assessment overview.

Site analysis, the legal site, soils and set-out

Site set-out, Foundations and footings, forms of footings

Slab on ground, suspended slabs, reinforcement material

AS 1684, bracing and fire resistance

Visual inspection of a building under construction (site TBA)

Flooring types and materials

Framing construction, roof formation and roofing materials

Function of various cladding's, finishes for interior and exterior purposes.

Windows, doors, wall coverings and roof material, contract review

Kitchens, bathrooms, fit-off and testing

Forms of landscaping, construction of pools

Approved on: Jul 10, 2019. Edition: 3.4