Construction Methods B

Subject ABPL90287 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 (two hours lecture + two hours tutorials)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

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

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Mr Giorgio Marfella


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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject articulates and tests the idea of construction as a process requiring cultural and technical choices. While Construction Methods A focused on the internal mechanics of building systems, Construction Methods B moves from the analysis of specific architectural ideas, seeking to arrive at the evaluation of implementation alternatives.

Mixing built examples and project proposals appropriate to the stage of pedagogical development of the student cohort, Construction Methods B will show ways to identify, evaluate and engage with the technological underpinnings of architecture.

Learning Outcomes:

The objectives of the class are as follows:

  • to connect building conception and building implementation;
  • to relate construction solutions to design intent and industrial context;
  • to develop a problem based appreciation of systems’ integration;
  • to help understand ad-hoc requirements of technical representations.
  • 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 50%) to the equivalent of 3000 words.
  • A written and/or graphical final assignment (e.g. written reports, construction drawings and models) (40%) to the equivalent of 2000 words.
  • Class participation: 10%

Assessment may relate to work undertaken in other core subjects.

Regardless of assignment results, a minimum of 40% must be achieved in the final assignment 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 developed the ability to:

  • identify and intervene on the logics of construction;
  • communicate with peers and the community at large concerning construction strategies;
  • select materials and systems coherently to achieve explicit objectives;
  • select and work with technological types suitable to building scale and function;
  • identify the need for specific knowledge and to build it.
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 300 point Master of Architecture

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