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SSUD71-101: Understanding Buildings


Understanding Buildings provides an overview of the building construction process. Focused on detached housing development, this subject introduces the stakeholders as well as the physical, legislative, and  cost factors affecting development of a building. It investigates the component parts of a building and their functions in detail, as well as the construction sequence and methods adopted. Construction terminology is examined and spatial awareness and drawing interpretation is practiced.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2019 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • January 2020 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2020 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2019: $5,220
  • Commencing in 2020: $5,410

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the stakeholders and describe the physical, legislative, and cost factors affecting development of a building;
2. Describe and identify the component parts of a building (physically and on drawings) and their functions;
3. Recognise and describe the construction sequence and methods adopted to construct a building;
4. Interpret basic site plans and construction drawings, and extract particular information required; and
5. Apply construction terminology to communicate effectively.

Enrolment requirements

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens11/11/2018
Semester start14/01/2019
Subject start14/01/2019
Cancellation 1?27/01/2019
Cancellation 2?30/01/2019
Last enrolment25/01/2019
Withdraw – Financial?08/02/2019
Withdraw – Academic?24/02/2019
Teaching census?07/02/2019
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2019
Semester start13/05/2019
Subject start20/05/2019
Cancellation 1?02/06/2019
Cancellation 2?05/06/2019
Last enrolment31/05/2019
Withdraw – Financial?14/06/2019
Withdraw – Academic?30/06/2019
Teaching census?13/06/2019
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/07/2019
Semester start09/09/2019
Subject start30/09/2019
Cancellation 1?11/10/2019
Cancellation 2?13/10/2019
Last enrolment09/10/2019
Withdraw – Financial?21/10/2019
Withdraw – Academic?03/11/2019
Teaching census?20/10/2019