Construction Analysis

Subject ABPL20033 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, 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: Two hours of lectures and two hours of tutorials per week.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: The following subject is a pre-requisite:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2011
Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Prof Paolo Tombesi


Subject Overview:

This subject was formerly called Construction Methods.

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 Analysis will review and explain the physical anatomy of given technological types, emphasizing their latitude for change within accepted mechanical performance frameworks.


The objectives of this subject are to:

  • relate building manufacturing and assembly principles to diverse small- to medium-scale construction projects;
  • understand logics, conventions and challenges of technical representations;
  • appreciate both the relationship and the distance between building conception and building implementation;
  • 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 (totaling 60%) to the equivalent of 3000 words;
  • A two-hour end-of-semester examination (40%).

Assessment may relate to work undertaken in other major subjects.

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

Prescribed Texts: None specified
Recommended Texts:

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Upon successful completion of this subject, you will have had the opportunity to develop the following skills:

  • ability to identify and follow the logics of construction;
  • ability to communicate with peers and the community at large concerning construction matters;
  • ability to select materials and systems to achieve coherent three-dimensional designs;
  • ability to select and work with constructional types suitable to building scale and function;
  • ability to identify and access necessary areas of knowledge.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Architecture

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