Building Services and Operations

Subject ABPL90032 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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: 1 x 3-hour studio per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission into MC-CONMG2Y Master of Construction Management (200 points)


Admission into one of the following courses:

MC-PROP Master of Property
MC-PROP2Y Master of Property (200 points)
MC-PROP3Y Master of Property (300 points)
MC-CM Master of Construction Management
MC-CONMG3Y Master of Construction Management (300 points)
441ME Master of Environments


ABPL90086 Environmental Systems

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 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 Christopher Jensen



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

Current Student:

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.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 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%), to drive collective, creative technical outcomes during class discussions.
  • Gathering of discussion-specific data throughout the semester equivalent to 2000 words (40%) due in week 8, requiring independent and team research about technical and construction aspects of building services.
  • Professional report equivalent to 3000 words (50%) due in week 12. This major work demonstrates the technical understanding and ability to evaluate building services options in design and construction.
Prescribed Texts: None
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: 200 point Master of Property
300 point Master of Property
Building Systems and Trade Specialties
Cost Management
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation
Energy Studies
Energy Studies
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects
Project Management
Research and Development
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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