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SSUD71-309: Building Services May 2021 [Standard - .]

General information

This subject provides an introduction to building services which include electrical, mechanical (HVAC), hydraulics, fire protection and vertical transportation services for medium to large scale, multi-storey buildings. Conventional and alternative systems will be explored with students able to identify, after this subject, the appropriate services to a particular building. Students will be required to undertake investigations of systems and buildings.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SSUD71-309
Subject title:Building Services
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours
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, analyse 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:
  • Richard Patrick Parlour (2016). Building Services. 4th, Integral Publishing
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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Assurance of learning

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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)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify the components of conventional engineering systems in buildings, and have the ability to describe their functions in general terms and the issues involved in their design.
  2. Evaluate with justified reasoning appropriate systems for various building scenarios.
  3. Estimate the space occupied by building services installations and where they are best placed in buildings.
  4. Describe and discuss the life-cycle issues associated with engineering services in buildings; costs, lifespan, energy use and consequent environmental impacts.
  5. Identify alternative systems for meeting the needs of building users/occupants that are currently met by conventional engineering systems.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Online Quiz iLearn, open book quiz. 10% Week 7 1, 3, 4.
Technical Document § Preliminary design of services in a building. 40% Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4.
Case Report Services in Operation Report 20% Week 11 1, 3, 4.
Take-home Examination Take-home exam 30% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • § 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 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.

Disability 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.

Subject curriculum

The following are covered in this topic: Importance of building services; significance of building services in a construction project; Services integration and multi-disciplinary approach.

The following are covered in this topic: Electricity generation and transmission; Electricity consumption in buildings; Maximum demand and energy efficiency strategies; Electrical equipment in buildings; Distribution of electricity in buildings; Emergency power systems.

The following are covered in this topic: Climate and comfort considerations; Mechanical ventilation requirements in buildings; Spatial considerations for creating internal comfort.

The following are covered in this topic: The use of air and water for cool and heat transfer; The vapour compression cycle; Heating and Cooling system selection; HVAC equipment in buildings; Distribution of cool and heat in buildings.

The following are covered in this topic: Potable water consumption in buildings; Water efficiency strategies, Cold water supply, storage and reticulation in buildings; Hot water systems and reticulation in buildings; Sanitary plumbing and drainage in buildings.

The following are covered in this topic: Basic fire principles; Fire regulations (codes and standards); Active fire systems in buildings; Fire protection equipment in buildings; Smoke control strategies in buildings.

In this topic, students tour an operational building services plant room.

The following are covered in this topic: Overview of variety of vertical transport systems; Lift types and arrangements; Lift quality and sizing selection processes; Basics of escalators and travelators.

The following are covered in this topic: Passive ventilation, heating and cooling strategies in buildings; Overview of innovative and non-conventional heating and cooling systems in buildings.

The following are covered in this topic: Lighting requirements in buildings (codes and standards); Strategies for maximizing daylight in buildings; Artificial lighting arrangements; Artificial light sources; Lighting control systems.

The following are covered in this topic: Renewable and alternative energy sources; Large scale generation; Building Scale generation.

The following are covered in this topic: Definitions of different water types; Water collection strategies; Water treatment strategies; Water re-use strategies.

Approved on: Mar 10, 2021. Edition: 5.2
Last updated: May 4, 2021.