Residential Construction and Structures

Subject ABPL20042 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours lecture and 1 hour torial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Students who were admitted in the BEnvs pre-2013 and have completed ENVS10003 Constructing Environments, may seek approval for a prerequisite waiver from the Environments and Design Student Centre.

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:


Dr Andrew Martel



The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Current Student:

Subject Overview:

A major portion of the general public has aspirations for home ownership and this continues to drive the residential market in Australia. This subject provides an introduction to residential and multi-unit residential low rise construction systems with an emphasis on materials selection, usage and construction methods. The various structural systems and design concepts currently in use are incorporated and interlinked into all the topics, which include an introduction to footing, floor, wall and roof framing systems and their compliance with Australian Standard Codes. The structural considerations include the analysis of loads, load paths, lateral stability, timber column and beam design for strength and stiffness, and general beam behaviour and statics analysis. The issue of materials technology, its application and performance are incorporated throughout the lecture series leading to an awareness of building pathology and maintenance. The subject also provides an introduction to residential services.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • link basic structural design concepts with current residential construction practices;
  • read and interpret residential construction drawings;
  • communicate construction solutions by means of sketches and drawings;
  • propose and evaluate alternative construction systems.
  • Two assignments (30%). Assignment 1 (10%) equivalent to 400 words due in Week 5. Assignment 2 (20%) equivalent to 1000 words due in Week 9;
  • A three hour examination (70%).

Hurdle requirement: Regardless of assignment results, a minimum mark of 40% must be achieved in both the ‘construction’ and ‘structures’ sections of the examination in order to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Coursework notes available.

Recommended Texts:

R. Barry (1999), The Construction of Buildings, Vol. 1, Ed. 7, Wiley-Blackwell.

A. Hanaor (1998), Principles of Structures, Wiley-Blackwell.

G. Wilkie (2003), Building Your Own Home, New Holland.

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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Analytical skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Drawing reading skills.
  • Research skills.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Architecture major
Civil (Engineering) Systems major
Construction major
Engineering Systems
Environmental Engineering Systems major
Environments Discipline subjects
Restrictions for Breadth Options within the Bachelor of Environments - relating to specific majors
Related Breadth Track(s): Construction
Construction Technologies and Principles
Introduction to Construction

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