Building Services and Operations

Subject ABPL90032 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

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: 1 x 3-hour studio per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Admission to the 200-point Master of Construction Management OR admission to the 300-point Master of Construction Management and completion of the following subject:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

ABPL90032 Resource Friendly Building Operations

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.
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Mr Peter Williams


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

The focus of this subject lies in the integration of services and energy efficient strategies into the fabric of the building and its construction process. After introductory material on environmental quality and energy related issues, the subject provides students with knowledge in the field of electrical, mechanical, air handling, hydraulic and communication services and particularly the construction issues they generate: levels of documentation and decision-making required; connections with process planning; spatial requirements for functioning, installation and access purposes; protection and quality assurance; building tolerances; systems integration; layout strategies; work sequences and temporary works; contract coordination; testing; maintenance; and upgrading-replacement.

  • To introduce students to systems and types of mechanical and engineering services needed in buildings;
  • To develop an understanding of basic modes of energy transfer;
  • To gain understanding of spatial and installation requirements for services;
  • To improve an understanding of the construction processes involved.
  • Class participation (10%).
  • Gathering of discussion-specific data throughout the semester (30%).
  • Case studies and professional reports equivalent to 5000 words due at the end of the semester (60%).
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 the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • Ability to critically analyse systems needed for particular building use;
  • Ability to use correct technical terminology;
  • Ability to comprehend construction constraints and building operations.

Related Course(s): Master of Property
Master of Property
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Building
Building Systems and Trade Specialties
Cost Management
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Project Management
Research and Development

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