The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course explores the modern built environment through the impact of materials on architectural design applications. Elements of material selection, impact and management of the construction processes are integrated within the construction and maintenance of building solutions.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Use appropriate terminology to describe materials and their properties

2. Define materials properties and their design considerations

3. Use appropriate classification systems to categorise materials used in construction

4. Acknowledge the environmental implications of materials and their manufacture

5. Make informed decisions about materials in specific design situations

6. Identify a range of commonly used construction materials and describe the rationale for their application

7. Describe the manufacturing processes which provide the predominant construction materials

8. Describe the impact of utilising multiple materials in combination

9. Write and structure a technical report in a professional manner.


  • Materials and their classification
  • Materials chemical classifications
  • Common construction materials, their application and their manufacture
  • Composite materials and their application
  • Environmental considerations in the application of materials in construction
  • Design considerations in the application of materials in the construction context
  • Materials documentation and representations

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Project: Assignment 2

Quiz: Quizzes

Contact hours

Callaghan and Distance Education - Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

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