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SSUD12-104: Understanding Buildings 2


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.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340

Learning outcomes

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.

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  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2019
Semester start13/05/2019
Subject start13/05/2019
Cancellation 1?27/05/2019
Cancellation 2?03/06/2019
Last enrolment26/05/2019
Withdraw – Financial?07/06/2019
Withdraw – Academic?29/06/2019
Teaching census?07/06/2019