DESST 2518 - Construction II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

In this course students will study the construction of architecture, landscapes and urban environments. The course will build on the topics introduced in Construction 1: history and theory; representation and documentation; materials and detailing; construction and design; and engineering structure and fabric. The topics of: plants and planting; irrigation; grading; civil structural principles; and digital construction documentation will be introduced in this course. AutoCAD will primarily be used.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DESST 2518
    Course Construction II
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge DESST 1507 or a 3 unit Level I course
    Restrictions Available to B. ArchDes & B.E(Arch) students only
    Quota A quota will apply
    Course Description In this course students will study the construction of architecture, landscapes and urban environments. The course will build on the topics introduced in Construction 1: history and theory; representation and documentation; materials and detailing; construction and design; and engineering structure and fabric. The topics of: plants and planting; irrigation; grading; civil structural principles; and digital construction documentation will be introduced in this course. AutoCAD will primarily be used.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Ehsan Sharifi
    Room 475, Level 4, Barr Smith South, School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Tel: 08 8313 0317

    Ehsan will be joined by a team of architects, landscape architects, civil and structural engineers, and project managers to deliver Construction II.
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Recognise different types of structural systems and materials used in architecture and landscape construction (deep discipline knowledge).
    2. Apply knowledge of contemporary architecture and landscape construction (disciplinary knowledge).
    3. Demonstrate application of structures and service systems integration in the preparation of construction drawings/documentation (interdisciplinary knowledge - teamwork - professional communication skills).
    4. Demonstrate critical design thinking through consideration of assembly and the process of construction in a design for a mixed-use building and landscape (critical thinking - self-awareness and emotional intelligence).
    5. Apply CAD software to prepare construction drawings/documentation according to professional conventions (career readiness).
    6. Apply knowledge of National Construction Code (NCC) and Australian Building Code in architectural design (career and leadership readiness - intercultural and ethical competency - self-awareness and emotional intelligence).

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3, 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3, 4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 3, 6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 3, 4, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Course Textbooks

    Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings (3rd Edition)
    Stephen Emmitt; Christopher A. Gorse
    Publisher: Wiley, 2014
    ISBN: 978-1-118-25549-0
    The book is available as an e-book from UofA Library:

    Site engineering for landscape architects
    Steven Strom, Kurt Nathan, Jake Woland. (6th ed.). Hoboken, N.J.
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, 2013
    ISBN: 1-118-41909-X
    The book is available as an e-book from UofA Library.

    Construction for Landscape Architecture
    Robert Holden and Jamie Liversedge
    Publisher: Laurence King, 2011
    ISBN: 9781856697088, 1856697088
    The book is available as an e-book at:

    Construction Project Management (6th edition)
    Keoki Sears, Glenn Sears, Richard Clough, Jerard ROunds, Robert Segner 
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, 2015
    ISBN: 9781118745250
    The book is available as an e-book from UofA Library:

    Recommended Resources

    Academic Support:
    Consult “The Writing Centre” for on-line resources re: essay writing guides, study guides, referencing. Face-to-Face writing support is also available from Hub Central, Level 3. The Writing Centre provides academic learning and language support and resources for local, international, undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students enrolled at the University of Adelaide.

    The Writing Centre offers practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, and referencing techniques for success at university. Please note, the drop-in service is not an editing or grammar checking service but theCentre can help you develop your written English.

    No appointment is necessary. For greater assistance, please bring your course guide, assignment question, comments from your lecturers/tutors, and drafts of your writing.

    Speaker Series
    The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field  deliver a public lecture on contemporary practice in architecture and  landscape architecture. In order to expand your knowledge of  contemporary directions in design it is recommended that you attend  these sessions. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.

    Online Learning

    All course information including references, required texts, copies of assignments handouts and provisional marks will be available on MyUni. The discussion board on myuni can be used to communicate with other students and staff in relation to questions and issue that arise within the course.

    University Email:
    The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. So it is imperative that you check your email regularly and keep up to date with any new announcements.

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook available on the School's website.

    MyUni / Canvas
    In addition to the above resources, further assignment resources are  available on MyUni / Canvas. These may include further reading material  for the lectures and studios, reading material that will assist with the preparation of assignments and appropriate links to assist students  with academic writing including essay writing as required. MyUni / Canvas is an essential online tool which will be used to communicate  information regarding the course including details of assignments and  interim grades. There are many other learning resources and assessment  pieces that rely on the MyUni system for delivery.

    Therefore it is  recommended that you familiarise yourself with the various functions of  MyUni and employ it to its fullest extent.

    Lecture Recording

    In certain cases the recording of the lectures is made available in  electronic format for students to listen through on their own time and  make notes, and is provided through Canvas. However, this service may not include guest lectures. Furthermore, where the presentation content  is subject to copyright or the guest speaker is uncomfortable with the  recording of the content, the lecture recording will not be made  available online. So students should not rely solely on this mode of  learning and arrange to attend or get lecture content from peers.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    The schedule of teaching and learning modes can be viewed on Course Planner.
    Full details of individual lectures, required reading material and preparation for specific classes will be available on MyUni/Canvas.

    Week1: Introduction to Construction II
    Week2: Archistar Academy CAD modules
    Week3: Soil and foundation
    Week4: Steel, concrete and composite structures
    Week5: Roofing, cladding and glazing - part I
    Week6: Roofing, cladding and glazing - Part II (guest lecture)
    Week 7: Prefabrication, lifts, stairs and services
    Week 8: SItework, grading and water management 
    Week 9: Plants, water and shade 
    Week10: NCC - Parking rules 
    Week11: NCC - Access and mobility
    Week12: Teamwork, project management and delivery


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided studies.

    Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management:

    Total workload hours: 12 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs
    Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 156 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 120 Hrs

    These 120 hours should be used towards preparation of weekly tasks and for completion of the various assignments associated with the course, including development of various skills required to complete the same. Please organise your time wisely.

    Learning Activities Summary

    Full details of the learning activities will be available on MyUni/Canvas in O'Week.

    Week Date Staff Lecture Workshop/Tutorial Submission
    1 Monday 2 Mar ES  Introduction, working drawing standards and assignments Introduction - spaghetti structure exercise
    2 Monday 9   Mar Public Holiday Archistar Academy CAD modules Archistar AutoCAD essentials - online AutoCAD tutorial completion certificate - formative
    3 Monday 16 Mar ES

    Sitework, foundation and drainage Plans, elevations and sections Assignment 1 - 20%
    Sat 21 Mar, 10pm (2200 Hours)
    4 Monday 23 Mar ES

    Steel, concrete and composite structures Structural drawings 
    5 Monday 30 Mar ES
    Roofing, cladding and glazing - part I Architectural detials - REVIT workshop #1
    6 Monday 6 Apr ES
    Roofing, cladding and glazing - part II Architectural detials - REVIT workshop #2
    Mid semester break
    Mid semester break Archistar REVIT essentials and designer - online REVIT essential and designer completion certificate - formative
    7 Monday 27 Apr ES

    Lifts, stairs and services Architectural detials - REVIT workshop #3
    8 Monday 4 May ES

    Sitework, grading and water management  Site plan - REVIT workshop #4
    9 Monday 11 May ES

    Plants, water, shade Landscape details - REVIT workshop #5
    10 Monday 18 May ES

    NCC parking rules Working drawings final check point Assignment 2 - 30%
    Mon 18 May, 10pm, 2200 Hours
    11 Monday 25 May ES

    NCC access and mobility Parking rules, access and mobility ammendments
    12 Monday 1 Jun ES

    Construction project management
    Final exam
    Preperation for final submission  Final exam Mon 1 Jun 9:00-10:00am Assignment 3 - 20%
    Mon 8 June, 10pm, 2200 Hours
    Specific Course Requirements
    Specific course requirements will be available on MyUni/Canvas in O'Week.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
     All of the ongoing work in this course is through Small Group Discovery Experience (SGDE). Assignemtn 1 is a group excercise, while a majority of preperatuion for Assignemnts 2 and 3 will be done via teamwork.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Task/Assignment No. & NameDue DateWeightTypeLearning Outcomes
    Assignment 1 Week 3, online 20% summative 1-5
    Assignment 2 Week 10, online 30% summative 1-6
    Assignment 3 Week 13, online 30% summative 2-6

    Assignment 1 is individual task on construction drawings.
    Assignment 2 is a group task on working drawings, building and landscape details and physical model.
    Assignment 3 is an individual task on building rules compliance.
    Archistar AutoCAD and REVIT modules (formative)
    Online weekly quizes (10% - Mondays 10pm)
    Final quiz (10% - Monday 1 June 9-10 am)

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    To support the changes to teaching, the following revisions to assessment have been made:

    Assignment 1 and Assignment 3 are individual submissions and will remain the same as original.

    Assignment 2- which is a group assignment - has been modified accordingly. It is still a group assignment. However, individual
    responsibilities have to become more clear in each group . Also, the physical structural model is removed from assignment 2.
    Assessment Related Requirements

    For assignments submitted in tutorials it is a requirement that students pin up and present their work. Feedback will be verbal feedback in the tutorial session. Students are advised to ask one of their peers to make notes of the feedback for later reference.

    Assessment Detail

    Marking & Feedback (General)

    • Final results for the course will only be available through Access Adelaide and students should not contact the course coordinator or the tutors for the same.
    • Feedback for in-class submissions will only be available during the tutorial as oral critique in the style of studio wall-crits. Students should arrange with peers to make notes for reference.

    Submissions (General):

    • All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number. Submissions without Student Name or ID Number will not be considered for marking, and will receive zero marks in accordance with the guidelines.

    • In addition, all assigments need to have an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission. Please attach the cover sheet in front of the document, to the top left hand corner.

    • Please adhere to submission deadlines and follow instructions provided.

    • Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course without prior approval from the Course Coordinator.

    • On occasion, the lecturer/tutor may wish to retain students’ work for future reference and the relevant student will be informed at such a time.

    Early Submission:

    • There is an early submission box located on Level 4 which is cleared out daily at 10am. Please mark your submission clearly before placing in box.

    • Models for in-class presentation cannot be handed in early.

    Late Submission:

    • The school will NOT accept late submissions and any such assignment will receive zero marks. This also applies to electronic submissions.

    • Printing delays & hard disk crashes will not be entertained as legitimate causes for delay, so please ensure that the work is finished in advance.


    • The school has a resubmission policy whereby students can redeem failed work by submitting additional work for a maximum of 50%.

    • Note the date for the deadline for all re-submissions in the Student Handbook 2019.

    Good practice:

    • Students should ensure that they regularly backup their work on multiple locations as hard-disk crashes are an unfortunate reality.

    • When relying on community printing facilities, students should attempt to finish their work in advance to avoid unnecessary delays.

    • Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted (digital or hardcopy), as originals may be lost during the submission process.

    For modified arrangements of submission and assessment due to special circumstances see the following Assessment Task Extension(s) & Additional Assessment guidelines.

    Modified Arrangements (General) 

    • Students can apply for extensions or modified arrangements based on Medical conditions or other Extenuating circumstances. However, students need to submit their application along with supporting documents within 5 business days of the condition becoming applicable.
    • The application forms are available from the Front Office and at and need to be submitted at the Front Office along with any supporting documentation.
    • Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance and the Course Coordinator will inform the applicant if the application is accepted. Please DO NOT contact the Course Coordinator directly.

    Medical Reasons:

    • In case of an extended medical condition which makes it impossible for the student to submit the work on time, an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Medical Circumstances may be lodged with the Front Office along with a doctor’s certificate within 5 business days.

    Extenuating Circumstances:

    • If the student is unable to submit the work on time due to extenuating circumstances an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Extenuating Circumstances may be lodged with the Front Office.
    • Please note that this is only available for certain military, religious, or legal obligations and does not extend to minor personal problems. (Refer to Student Handbook at for further details or contact Student Advisor).

    Compassionate Grounds:

    • In case of certain extraordinary personal problems students can apply for extensions based on compassionate grounds. However, these must first be discussed with the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
    • To maintain privacy relating to personal issues students can contact the University Transition and Advisory Service at 8313 0100 or, or approach the Counselling Service on 83035663 for an individual appointment.

    Additional Assessment:

    • If a student receives a Fail grade for the course with an overall mark between 45 and 49, they may be eligible for an Additional Assessment which would allow them to get a maximum of 50 Pass for the Course.
    • Additional Assessment offers are made by the School and the student will be informed directly once these are made available.


    • Students who have a disability and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements need to contact the University Disability Services at 83135962 or for supporting documentation and then communicate these to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.

    Elite Athlete:

    • Students who have national/international sporting commitments and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements need to register with the University Elite Athlete Support Scheme at and then communicate this to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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    For issues concerning enrolment or queries about the School’s programs contact Clement Low, Student Advisor, 8313 5877,

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    For issues relating to first aid contact Alison Bosnakis, First Aid Officer, 8313 5836,
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