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16109 Construction Technology 1

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: School of the Built Environment
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

The focus of this subject is construction technology associated with residential buildings and specifically for single dwellings (Class 1a) detached houses. Students are introduced to construction elements, terminology, construction methodology and typical construction details aligned with the residential building context. The major elements in the residential construction life cycle are examined in detail including: site considerations, foundations, structural elements, internal linings, cladding, services and finishes. Students are introduced to the main building regulations governing residential construction, such as the National Construction Code (formerly the Building Code of Australia) and Australian Standards. Examples of alternative and innovative forms of construction are considered.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Describe key components in Class 1A buildings
2. Demonstrate an understanding of conventional construction methods, materials, terminology and details for Class 1A buildings
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose (attributes and intent of application) of standard building elements and make informed decisions of the appropriateness of alternate solutions
4. Apply the statutory regulations governing construction in Australia to the management of residential construction projects

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to provide and utilise innovative and creative solutions to industry/project issues and problems. (I.1)
  • Apply the body of knowledge underpinning construction project management practice. (P.2)
  • Critically analyse, structure and report the results of a research project. (R.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

Weekly on campus: A combination of face-to-face classes, hands on practical workshops, and site visits.

Face-to-face classes will incorporate a range of teaching and learning strategies including short presentations, videos, simulations, discussion of readings and case studies, and collaborative group work. These will be complemented by hands-on practical workshops; site visits to live construction projects; independent student reading; and participation in online discussion.

Class notes will be provided through UTSOnline the week prior to classes with the expectation that students review these before attending class to facilitate in-class discussions.

Weekly reviews are undertaken in class groups to reinforce learning in a collaborative manner from previous classes and regular feedback is provided throughout the semester with the use of such tools as assessable quizzes, online polling (e.g. multimeter), scratch-cards and similar.

Additional resources for the creation of assessment items is available on UTSonline (e.g the video assignments).

Authentic learning assessments place students in the residential building environment (Practical Assessment Task 1) in which students report on their interaction with site personnel and observations of the work environment. Additionally, students collaborate in a hands-on workshop in which industry professionals lead and assess students in practical trade-based work, such as brick-laying.

Content (topics)

Key topic areas covered in this subject include the following:

a) Site Setup and Establishment

b) Foundations and Footings. Types of footings and their relationship to foundation and site conditions

c) Concrete slab construction

d) Floor, wall and roof framing. Timber and steel framing systems. Coupled and truss roof system. Bracing.

e) External cladding. Brick and timber external walling. Tiled and sheet metal roofing. Fire rating.

f) Windows and doors. Types of aluminium and timber units. Flashings and lintels.

g) Finishes. Types of floor, wall and ceiling finishes. Tiling. Painting. Rendered walls.

h) Internal linings. Plasterboard and fibre cement.

i) Waterproofing.

j) Joinery. Skirtings and architraves. Kitchens and cupboards.

k) Domestic services - Electrical and Hydraulic.

l) Building Regulations including the National Construction Code (NCC formerly BCA) and Australian Standards

Assessment

Assessment task 1: 1A. Practical Assessment 1: Report on Construction of Residential Building (25%); 1B. Practical Assessment 2: Hands-on Workshop (5%)

Intent:

Assessment Task 1A: The intent of the exercise is for students to gain an insight into the management of a residential building project and the “real life” application of material covered in class.

Assessment Task 1B:The intent of the exercise is for students to gain an understanding of the complexities of a building trade and complexities around achieving a high quality finish.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 3 and 4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

I.1, P.2 and R.2

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 30%
Criteria:

Further detail on Assignment Task Sheet.

Assessment task 2: In-class quiz covering topics from weeks 1-4

Intent:

The quiz will assess student’s understanding of the material presented and discussed in the first 4 weeks of semester and offer students formative feedback that will both help them understand how well they are able to understand, describe and apply the knowledge they have learned in class, as well as understand how they can improve their responses for the final exam.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3 and 4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

P.2

Type: Exercises
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%

Assessment task 3: Formal Examination 2 hour closed book examination covering all subject content

Intent:

The intent of this task is to examine students understanding of the common terms of building elements and the rules and regulations governing residential construction in Australia.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3 and 4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

P.2

Type: Examination
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 60%

Required texts

1. Building Code of Australia (BCA)
2. UTS (2009), “Guide to Assignment Writing”, Faculty of Business, UTS

Recommended texts

1. Wilkie, G., 2003, Building your own home, New Holland

2. Chudley, r., & Greene, R., 2006, Building Construction Handbook (6th Ed.), Elsevier

Other resources

1. TDA (1998), Acceptable Standards of Construction, Timber Development Association, Sydney
2. Staines, A., (2007), Home Building Manual (5th Ed.), Pinedale Press