Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course explores the nature of the construction industry from a number of perspectives. Students learn the graphical drawing skills required to present building elements effectively, whilst also learning how to interpret construction drawings. The course also introduces fundamental academic and professional research and writing skills.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ARBE1100. Students who have successfully completed ARBE1100 are not eligible to enrol in ARBE1306.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Articulate the structure, behaviour and stakeholders of the construction industry from a number of perspectives

2. Utilise freehand sketching skills to represent building elements and alternatives

3. Demonstrate effective academic and professional research and writing skills

4. Develop graphic skills to represent buildings and related elements in two and three dimensions

5. Apply the principles of interpreting construction drawings and the use of national and international technical drawing standards


  • The history and development of the construction industry
  • What is construction? Investigation from a number of perspectives including economical, managerial and environmental
  • Construction industry stakeholder roles and functions in diverse settings
  • Introduction to ethical issues: academic integrity, confidentiality, autonomy, privacy and equality
  • Professional and academic writing and research skills
  • Principles of graphic communication and orthographic projection in the building industry
  • Principles of paraline drawings (isometric and axonometric)
  • Basics of 2D technical drafting
  • Freehand sketching and 2D architectural drawing
  • Interpreting construction drawings
  • Drawing to technical drawing standards


This course is replaces ARBE1100. If you have completed ARBE1100 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online quizzes

Portfolio: Drawing portfolio

Report: Professional research report

Contact hours

Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks starting in week 1

Distance education students complete all components online. 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.