The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered

Course handbook


This course examines the composite construction of buildings through the application and continuous demonstration of 'essential skills'. Elements of construction methods, techniques and detail will be integrated within the environmental and architectural context of the completed building.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

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

1. To select suitable materials for the different parts of a building based on their performance, sustainability, maintenance requirements and cost

2. To select structurally appropriate materials and construction techniques required by a building

3. To creatively explore the detailing principles and possiblities of composite construction

4. To understand the detail requirements of the composite construction of an external wall and roof

5. Develop an awareness of contemporary materials, construction methods and systems


  • Overview of Construction Technology
  • Framed Construction
  • Masonry Veneer & Solid Masonry Construction
  • Steel Buildings
  • Special Linings and Details
  • Approaches to Detailing 1
  • Approaches to Detailing 2
  • Detailing Openings
  • Working Drawings
  • Detailing of the Outdoor Room
  • Kitchens and Domestic Service Spaces


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) program.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Construction Details and Site Photographs

Practical Demonstration: Construction Model