University of Technology Sydney

16109 Construction Technology 1

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

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

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


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:

  • Operate effectively within the social, legal and technical framework of the design and construction process. (P.1)
  • Apply the body of knowledge underpinning construction project management practice. (P.2)
  • Effectively manage the interface between design and construction processes for projects. (P.3)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of construction technology and structural principles. (P.10)

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 class will be primarily delivered online using pre-recorded lecture material and live Zoom lectures and workshops.

Face-to-face workshops will also be held at specified times.

This subject wil incorporate a range of teaching and learning strategies including short presentations, videos, discussion of readings and case studies, and collaborative group work. These will be complemented by online workshops and participation in online discussion during live Zoom lectures.

Lecture content and practice quizzes will be provided through Canvas in the week prior to classes with the expectation that students review these before attending class to facilitate in-class discussions during live Zoom lectures after the lecturer has elaborated on the content for that class.

The weekly practice quizzes will be reviewed a the end of each class and students will have the opportunity to work in online and face to face groups to reinforce learning in a collaborative manner.

Regular feedback is provided throughout the semester with the use of such tools as online practice quizzes, online assessbake quizzes and other online tools.

Guest lecturers that are active in industry will also feature via online presentations to impart knowledge in their areas of expertsie.

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 task 1: Assessment 1 - Online Quiz - BCA, Regulations and Australian Standards


Assessment 1 - This quiz will focus on students consolidating their understanding of the Building Code of Australia, Regulations and Australian Standards


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:


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.1 and P.2

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 25%

Further detail on Assignment Task Sheet.

Assessment task 2: Assessment 2 - Online Quiz - First Half of Semester Content


Assessment 2 - this quiz will assess student’s understanding of the material presented and discussed in the 5 weeks of the 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.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2 and 3

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.10 and P.2

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%

Assessment task 3: Assessment 3 - Construction Methodology


Assessment 3 - the intent of this task is to consolidate their understand of the information presented throughout the semester in an industry report format.


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1 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.3

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 45%

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.

Required texts

1. National Construction Code (NCC) / 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