University of Technology Sydney

12511 Construction Technology and Regulation

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

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

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

Description

This subject introduces students to the building construction industry's technology and construction management processes with particular focus on regulation and build quality. The subject is divided broadly into two component parts. The first component acquaints the student with construction technology for residential buildings. The second component deals with construction technologies for multi-storey, multi-occupancy residential construction and high-rise construction. Build quality and regulation is discussed in relation to the topic areas throughout the subject.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Understand the use of building codes and standards & the role of the principal certifying authority
2. Understand traditional construction methods, terminology and details for a variety of building types
3. Understand structures and structural systems
4. Appreciate the role of services in buildings

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Generate innovative and creative solutions to industry/project issues and problems (I.1)
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of construction technology and structural principles (P.2)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary theory in construction cost planning an ability to practically apply this theory and relevant technologies to professional practice (P.5)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The term CAPRI is used for the five Design, Architecture and Building faculty graduate attribute categories where:

C = communication and groupwork

A = attitudes and values

P = practical and professional

R = research and critique

I = innovation and creativity.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs) are linked to these categories using codes (e.g. C-1, A-3, P-4, etc.).

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject is taught using online block mode delivery.


Learning strategies involve pre-recorded lectures for each topic, supplemented with UTS Canvas online support materials.


Students will receive feedback via live Zoom Workshops and Q&A sessions. Practice Quizzes will also be provided in Canvas to help with preparation for online assessments.

Content (topics)

  • Building Codes & Standards
  • Building Regulation, Certification (and Disputes)
  • Site Establishment
  • Building Foundations
  • Substructure & Structures
  • Claddings & Finishes
  • Material Handling
  • Building Services

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Online Quiz - Day 1 - Build Quality and Regulation

Intent:

The quiz will assess student’s understanding of content covered in class on Day 1 of the subject. It will offer students feedback that will both help them understand how well they are able to understand and apply the knowledge they have learned from the class content and class discussions.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1

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.5

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Demonstrate the function of the building codes and Australian Standards and regulatory process in the construction industry 100 1 P.5
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Online Quiz - Day 2,3,4 - Residential and Multi-Storey

Intent:

The quiz will assess student’s understanding of content covered in class on Day 2, 3 and 4 (Residential and Multi-storey) of the subject. It will offer students feedback that will both help them understand how well they are able to understand and apply the knowledge they have learned from their readings and discussions in class.

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.):

P.2 and P.5

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Understand residential construction methods and techniques 30 2 P.2
Understand residential structures and structural systems 35 3 P.2
Understand the roles of services in buildings 35 4 P.5
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Online Quiz in Response to Alleged Building Defects

Intent:

The intent of this assessment is to have students interact with scenarios that occur in industry when build quality is questioned. Students will apply their body of knowledge and understanding of the BCA, Australian Standards and certain aspects of construction methodology to form their own view on building quality and respond to allegations of building defects based on a case study.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1 and 2

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 and P.2

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Understand residential construction 35 2 P.2 methods and techniques 50 2 P.2
Understand building codes and standards 50 1 I.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

The DAB attendance policy requires students to attend no less than 80% of formal teaching sessions (lectures and tutorials) for each class they are enrolled in to remain eligible for assessment.