Construction Methods A

Subject ABPL90286 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Entry into the Master of Architecture 300 point program.
Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Paolo Tombesi

Subject Overview:

This subject explores the idea of construction as a process linking specific principles, materials, elements, systems and techniques strategically. Using a set of individual buildings as case studies, Construction Methods A will review and explain the physical anatomy of given technological types, emphasizing parameters concerned with connectedness, stability, assembly and performance.


The objectives of the class are as follows:

  • to relate basic building principles to small to medium scale construction projects;
  • to understand logics, conventions and challenges of technical representations;
  • to appreciate both the relationship and the distance between building conception and building implementation;
  • to transform this appreciation into an interpretative framework for the organization of small to medium scale architectural practice.
  • Written and/or graphic submissions (e.g. tutorial exercises, class presentations, materials, construction or site reports, construction drawings and models) due from weeks 3 to 12 (totalling 60%) to the equivalent of 3000 words.
  • A two hour end of semester examination (40%).

Assessment may relate to work undertaken in other core subjects.

Regardless of assignment results, a minimum of 40% must be achieved in the examination in order to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None specified
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students will have the ability to:

  • identify and follow the logics of construction;
  • communicate with peers and the community at large concerning construction matters;
  • select materials and systems to achieve coherent three dimensional designs;
  • select and work with constructional types suitable to building scale and function;
  • identify and access necessary areas of knowledge.
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture

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