Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course develops the student's understanding of key concepts associated with the construction, including essential performance criteria for a range of primary and secondary building elements. It similarly develops the student's understanding of structural concepts that dictate the eventual form of buildings and other engineered structures, combining elemental and structural understanding to develop the student's ability to design and construct appropriate architectural/engineering details for a variety of structures. It introduces the student to the challenges posed by a range of site conditions, materials and other environmental factors, and explores their influence upon the selection of appropriate solutions.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the function of, and desirable performance attributes required for primary and secondary structural building elements.

2. Qualitatively describe the structural performance, forces and environmental agents incumbent upon building structures.

3. Qualitatively describe the link between structure, construction sequencing and materials performance incumbent upon building structures.

4. Identify, describe and draw a range of design details.

5. Evaluate design alternatives in terms of buildability and material performance.

6. Assess relevant clauses and Australian Standards (AS) and the National Construction Code.


Introduction. Profession’s Current State: Challenges and Expectations


  • Primary and secondary elements
  • Types of structures
  • Forces and loads



  • Site preparation and excavation
  • Basement and foundation
  • Framing and carpentry
  • External walls and cladding
  • Interior lining: Floor, ceiling, and roof systems


Material, performance and details

  • Timber
  • Metal – Steel
  • Glass
  • Light Structures, New materials and composites


Services (Electricity, plumbing, AC, others)


Safety and Security


Introduction to National Construction Codes


Introduction to Construction Cost                  


Passive Architecture and Building

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Report: Pictorial Report

Report: Technical Report

Contact hours

Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.