DESST 2518 - Construction II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

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 and REVIT 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(Civil) 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 and REVIT 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    3, 4

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3, 4

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1, 3, 6

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    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 NCC PLAN SA Design alterations Quiz
    Week2)    Soil and foundation AS 2890 Off-street parking Foundation calculations Quiz
    Week3)    Public Holiday - ADL Cup REVIT Essential RE exam RE Certificate
    Week4)    Structures Structural design Assignment 1 due
    Week5)    Grading and WSD Drainage and retaining walls Testing models Quiz
    Week6)    Landscape construction Retaining Plants and Deck Quiz
    Study Break NCC REVIT tutorials 1-5
    Week7)    REVIT Designer RD exam RD Certificate
    Week8)    Detailing-part A Cladding details Quiz
    Week9)    Detailing-part B Part A5 Documentation of design and construction Roof details Quiz
    Week10)  Detailing-part C Part 3.7 Fire safety Working drawings Assignment 2 due
    Week11)  Interior detailing AS 1428 Access and mobility Interior documentation Quiz
    Week12)  Services and prefabrication Quiz

    Week14)  Assignment due


    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.

    Schedule for Construction II
    Week Staff Lecture Workshop/Tutorial Submission
    1 ES, JG, AM, BS Introduction, working drawing standards and assignments Design alterations

    AutoCAD E certificate
    2 ES, JG, AM, BS Soil and foundation

    Foundation calculations

    3 ES 

    REVIT Essential

    REVIT E  module

    REVIT E certificate
    4 ES, AV, AM, BS

    Steel, concrete and composite structures Structural design

    Assignment 1 - 26 Mar 8pm
    5 ES, AM, BS Grading and WSD Testing models

    6 ES, RR, AM, BS Landscape construction

    Retaining Plants and Deck

    Mid semester break

    7 ES

    REVIT Designer

    REVIT D module REVIT D certificate
    8 ES, JG, AM, BS

    Detailing-part A

    Cladding details

    9 ES, JG, AM, BS

    Detailing-part B

    Floor and roof details

    10 ES, JG, AM, BS

    Detailing-part C

    Working drawings

    Assignment 2 - 16 May 8pm
    11 ES, AM, BS

    Interior detailing

    Interior documentation

    12 ES, AM, BS

    Services and prefabrication

    Project wrap up
    14 Assignment 3 - 13 June 8pm
    Specific Course Requirements
    Specific course requirements will be available on MyUni/Canvas in O'Week.

    Please respect the facilities throughout the University.

    In the School of Architecture and Built Environment students are required to fabricate models, projects and other hands-on creative activities. Of course, you will make a mess in the process! No problem! Please clean up after yourself. If the materials are recyclable and you don't want to reuse them yourself, put them in the recycling bins. Don't leave paper/cardboard/offcuts on the floor or table, put them in the bin. Don't leave broken blades etc. on tables, put them in a sharps bin. Don't leave work (models, drawings etc) in a space (tutorial room, computer lab, studio) and expect to find it when you come back. The facilities are shared. The School recommends that you store your work in a locker available from ASA or in Hub Central.

    The tables in the learning and teaching spaces (tutorial rooms, computer labs, studios) are NOT cutting mats. Would you use an exacto knife or a scalpel to cut model making materials directly on your dining table at home? No? Don't do it at the University. Use a cutting mat. If you don't have one, buy one. All students should have a cutting mat in their Equipment Kit. You are expected to bring this with you if you are model-making, using glue etc.

    Students are permitted to bring food and drink into the learning and teaching spaces. Please respect your peers. When you have finished your bottle of water, coffee cup, bubble tea, Coke, juice, Boost, Red Bull etc. etc. put it in the bin. Don't leave your takeaway meal festering on a table cultivating mould. Put it in the bin.

    The importance of hygiene and cleanliness is amplified during COVID 19. Respect your peers. Respect your facilities. Please clean up after yourself at all times. This is your responsibility.

  • 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 - planning drawings, structure and model Week 4, online 25% summative 1-5
    Assignment 2 - working drawings and details  Week 10, online 25% summative 1-6
    Assignment 3 - interior, materials and services Week 13, online 25% summative 2-6
    CAD and REVIT modules Week 1, 3 and 7 5% summative 3,5,6
    Weekly quizzes  every Monday 8pm 20% summative 1-6

    Some students are enrolled in different Program pathways due to mid-year entry or otherwise. This may lead to a clash of due dates for assignments. If you have any concerns about the due dates, or conflicts arising with those of other courses, these concerns must be communicated to the course coordinator by Monday of Week 2.

    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.

    All lectures and tutorials are being recorded and available to all students on ECHO360. 

    All assignments are modified with a flexible mode of delivery to suit all students in and off-campus. 

    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.

  • Student Support
    Course Support Staff:

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

    For issues related to discrimination or harassment contact the Course Coordinator or Velice Wennan, School Manager, 8313 5475,

    For issues relating to health, safety and wellbeing contact Ian Florance, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Officer, 8313 5978,

    For issues relating to first aid contact Alison Bosnakis, First Aid Officer, 8313 5836,
  • Policies & Guidelines
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