ICT in Building

Subject ABPL90331 (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 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Quota 30

Students will be selected into the subject as they self-enrol during the timely re-enrolment period. Any students enrolling after the quota has been reached will be withdrawn from the subject and advised of the alternative subjects available.

For detailed information on the quota subject application process and due dates, refer to the EDSC Quota Subjects webpage: http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/quota-subjects.

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

170 Hours


Admission into one of the following courses:

MC-ARCH Master of Architecture
MC-ARCH2Y Master of Architecture (200 points)
MC-ARCH3Y Master of Architecture (300 points)
MC-LARCH Master of Landscape Architecture
MC-LARCH2Y Master of Landscape Architecture (200 points)
MC-LARCH3Y Master of Landscape Architecture (300 points)
MC-CM Master of Construction Management
MC-CONMG2Y Master of Construction Management (200 points)
MC-CONMG3Y Master of Construction Management (300 points)
MC-PROP Master of Property
MC-PROP2Y Master of Property (200 points)
MC-PROP3Y Master of Property (300 points)
MC-URPL Master of Urban Planning
234AA Master of Design
234AH Master of Design (Heritage)
373AA Graduate Diploma in Planning and Design

Or approval from the subject coordinator.

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: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Mr Dominik Holzer


Email: dominik.holzer@unimelb.edu.au

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

Current Student: http://ask.unimelb.edu.au/
Web: http://msd.unimelb.edu.au/

Subject Overview:

This subject explores the use of information and communication technologies from design to construction, to the post-delivery life cycle of buildings. The subject follows three overlapping themes: (i) historical overview of informatisation in the building industry, including the opportunities and constraints that follow these developments; (ii) discussion of contemporary issues in the delivery of building projects and potential solutions offered by ICT; and (iii) exposure to selected ICT methodologies and tools such as building information modeling and integrated project delivery solutions. The subject is organised as an advanced seminar supplemented with hands-on workshops in use of specific ICT solutions.

Learning Outcomes:
  • To understand and respond to the changing operating context of building industry.
  • To critically assess and adopt ICT-based solutions in building life cycle.
  • To cultivate deeper understanding about pressures to change, possible responses and future scenarios in construction.
  • To gain exposure to global trends in project design to delivery using ICT-based approaches.
  • Class participation (10%), through comments and remarks displaying understanding of the information required to inform project participants of their roles in a given project, and the ways to accomplish its production.
  • Professional report equivalent to 3500 words (60%) due in week 10, focusing on effective ways of structuring communication in a building project by using information technologies.
  • Class presentation of 15- 20 minutes (30%) held in week 12, demonstrating one’s ability to synthesise the complex information required to plan, organise, lead and control a construction project.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • Ability to contextualise present conditions and frame future responses.
  • Ability to assess and identify organisational and cultural changes.
  • Ability to synthesise scholarly arguments and technical solutions.
  • Ability to articulate and present arguments in presentations and scholarly reports.
Links to further information: http://msd.unimelb.edu.au/master-construction-management
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Building
Corporate Management
Cost Management
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects
Project Management
Research and Development

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