University of Technology Sydney

16127 Building Technology

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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.


This subject introduces students to the building and construction industry technology discipline with the focus on the property sector. The subject is divided broadly into two component parts. The first component acquaints the student with the nature of building construction by treating the building as a series of interconnected systems and components. The second component acquaints the student with the nature of multistorey, multi-occupancy residential construction, industrial, commercial and high-rise construction by treating the building as a series of interconnected systems and components.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. identify and analyse a potential building development
2. to use the council process for submitting building and development applications
3. understand the roll and use of the building code
4. interpret technical drawings and simple building plans
5. understand traditional construction methods, terminology and details for a variety of building types, and construction methods
6. understand the interrelationship, behaviour and function of components in buildings
7. understand the interrelationship of material selection in design
8. understand the roll of services in buildings
9. have a rudimentary understanding of structures and structural systems
10. understand the uses of various materials and also Alternatives and Energy requirements
11. develop a glossary of building terms
12. relate their academic studies to practical experiences with commercial and residential buildings examined in their field work.

Teaching and learning strategies

3 hours per week.

Interactive lectures incorporating student centered learning strategies through the use of individual and group assignments.

Content (topics)

  • Site consideration and the council process;
  • Identifying potential sites;
  • Environmental consideration;
  • Embodied energy;
  • Structural forces;
  • Foundations; Footings; Slab on ground;
  • Structural steel, Tilt-up and other commercial methods;
  • Timber, brick, and steel;
  • Wall, roof, framing, windows, doors, wet areas, and finishes;
  • Building services: water, sewer, and electricity.
  • Mechanical services: air-conditioning, lifts, and light.


Assessment task 1: Individual written assignment

Weight: 20%

Assessment task 2: Group presentation and written work

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 3: Formal Exam

Weight: 50%