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SSUD71-101: Understanding Buildings


This subject provides a descriptive overview of the building construction process focused on residential and small scale commercial development for those students from a non-built environment background. The topics covered include construction techniques, construction history, material analysis, site analysis, interpreting building drawings, practical analysis of sites and residential construction methodology, technical analysis of the construction process, codes and standards plus detailed analysis of methodology and terminology within the building industry.

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: $4,890
  • Commencing in 2020: $5,070

Learning outcomes

1. Recognise and describe the various construction processes covered in the subject and the different kinds of materials used in the construction of buildings studied.
2. Recognise, explain and illustrate the major functional building elements commonly used in residential construction.
3. The ability to comprehend, interpret and analyse information presented on construction drawings and use the information to carry out the construction process from the initial site scrape to practical completion.

Enrolment requirements

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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

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