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SSUD12-104: Understanding Buildings 2 May 2022 [Standard]

General information

Understanding Buildings 2 extends the knowledge gained from Understanding Buildings 1. The environment and constraints impacting on a building construction project are analysed. Construction processes and materials common to many light industrial and commercial building projects are examined, including the identification of interfaces and assessment of coordination requirements. Topics covered include underground services, in-situ concrete construction, structural steelwork, roofs, exterior walls, ceilings and partitions, installation of building services and internal finishes. Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to understand more complex construction processes, terminology and methodologies.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SSUD12-104
Subject title:Understanding Buildings 2
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2022
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) - No Description
Attendance and learning activities: As successful completion of this subject is heavily dependent on participation during all scheduled sessions, attendance will be monitored. Most sessions build on the content of the previous one. It is difficult for a student to recover if a session is missed. It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on any content missed and to complete set work outside class. It is also necessary for students to engage proactively and contribute positively in discussions, analyses and case studies. The assessments are an important part of developing the knowledge and understanding required to fulfil the minimum requirements of this subject. In addition to ‘remote’ face-to-face contact time, students should plan to spend a minimum of 84 hours undertaking preparation/out of class work/personal study for this subject. This is intended as a general guide only for workload planning. More time may be required depending on the student's comprehension of the content delivered in class and aptitude for the subject. Please note that subsequent subjects assume the student has a full understanding of this subject - this content will not be repeated.


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.
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify construction industry participants and their roles.
  2. Interpret architectural and structural construction drawings, and extract information required.
  3. Describe critical construction compliance documents applicable to a project.
  4. Identify component parts of a commercial building (physically and on drawings) and their functions.
  5. Recognise and describe common commercial construction processes.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Case Study Weekly inspection and research reports 20% Progressive 2, 4, 5.
Written Report § Major project based assignment 30% Week 10 2, 3, 4, 5.
Take-home Examination Timed take-home exam 50% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Pass requirement

Students must achieve a minimum 50% cumulative total for all assessment items to be eligible to pass this 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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Submission procedures

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

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

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 will be notified of all assessment grades (except final exam) through the "My Grades" link in iLearn.

Subject curriculum

Overview of the construction environment, the key players and their contractual and statutory obligations at the various phases of the project development process

1, 3.

Building services installations. Introducing the rough-in or first-fix pipework/ducting required for underground installations of the key building services such as plumbing & gas, drainage, sewerage, electrical, HVAC, data and telecommunication.

3, 4.

Advanced concrete joints, formwork systems, falsework and scaffolds used for low-rise commercial buildings.

2, 4, 5.

Structural steelwork in buildings, main structural sections/elements. Reading structural steel drawings.

2, 4, 5.

Roofing systems in commercial buildings and the various forms that apply to low-rise commercial building projects.

3, 4, 5.

Exterior walls are studied in the context of a wider scope of commercial building design features and construction process from the ground up.

2, 4.

Ceiling and partition systems are studied in the context of a wider scope of the design features, material types and the construction process for typical commercial buildings.

4, 5.

Key building services for a building project, including plumbing & gas, drainage, sewerage, electrical, HVAC, data & telecommunication. The topic introduces key building services for a building project, including plumbing & gas, drainage, sewerage, electrical, HVAC, data & telecommunication. Key terms associated with the various service types, design features and installation processes beyond the initial rough-in work.

3, 4, 5.

Internal finishes, fixtures and fittings are studied in the context of a wider scope of the design features, material types and the installation processes for typical commercial buildings.

4, 5.

Facades/finishes to the exterior building envelope.

4, 5.
Approved on: Mar 14, 2022. Edition: 4.2