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SSUD12-104: Understanding Buildings 2 May 2017 [Standard]

General information

This subject extends the knowledge gained from Understanding Buildings 1 through analysis of different forms of construction including multi-unit and multi-storey residential, small-scale commercial and industrial buildings. Students will explore more complex construction practices including the choice of materials, basement formation, portal frames, lightweight industrial construction, facades, reinforced concrete, tilt panels, various piling requirements, landscaping and commissioning. Students will also analyse commercial building rating tools such as Greenstar, NABERS and enviro-development, and an introduction to interpretation and application of relevant building standards including the Building Code of Australia and the various Australian Standards applicable to residential and non-residential building construction practice. Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to understand more complex construction processes, terminology and methodology.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SSUD12-104
Subject title:Understanding Buildings 2
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2017
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
Attendance and learning activities: Attend all sessions (Lectures and Tutorials). Most sessions build on the work on the previous one. It is difficult to recover if you miss a session. Attendance in tutorials and labs will be monitored, and could impact the final mark in this subject.


Prescribed resources:
  • Australian Building Codes Board (2017). Building Code of Australia Volume 1. [Web Resource] ABCB.
  • Standards Australia (2010). Disability (Access to Premises) Standard. [Web Resource] SAI Global.
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Recognize and describe the various construction processes in this subject with regard to advanced building terminology and methodology. Students will be able to recognize different material types and benefits of different construction processes.
  2. Provide in-depth analysis of various building materials and their unique characteristics and functional purpose for integrating into building practice.
  3. Students will be able to identify and understand the role that legislation plays in forming building typology and construction processes. Students will gain an insight into design strategies using assessment tools and compliance tools.
  4. Develop an ability to create designs using an integrated approach to construction and to develop efficiency strategies within the construction process.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Activity ^ Advancement of coursework 30% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4.
Written Report § ^ Based on subject learning objectives 30% Week 1 1, 2, 3, 4.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) ^ Examination based on coursework and associated resources. 40% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4.

Pass requirement

A pass grade of 50% is required for all assessment work. Failure to achieve 50% in assessment work will constitute a fail grade, irregardless of the overall aggregate grade achieved. A pass grade of 50% is required for the examination to pass the subject, irregardless of the aggregate grade achieved.

  • ^ 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.

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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

Students should join the Australian Buildings Codes Board as a student member to access the BCA Volumes in electronic format.

Subject curriculum

Overview of the subject,

Analysis of access requirements incorporated into buildings for people with disabilities

Analysis of access requirements incorporated into buildings for people with disabilities

Analysis of Section J performance requirements for buildings

Design and construction methods for concrete structures

Analysis of basement construction and waterproofing

Analysis of scaffolding and mechanisms to transport people in buildings

Analysis of Industrial buildings and portal frames

Analysis of Tilt slab formation, erection and enclosure

Assess the numerous services in buildings and spacial requirements

Interior fit-out of commercial buildings, landscaping and pools

Introduces concepts for Commercial construction

Approved on: Mar 18, 2017. Edition: 1.1
Last updated: Mar 18, 2017.