DESST 3514 - Construction III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code DESST 3514 Course Construction III 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 2518 Restrictions Available to B. ArchDes, B.E(Arch),B.E(Civil), B.E.(Hons)(Civil), B.ConsMgmt, B. ConsMgmt(Hons) and Assoc. Deg.ConsMgmt 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 II: history and theory; representation and documentation; materials and detailing; engineering structure and fabric; structural engineering principles; plants; grading and drainage; and digital documentation. The topics of: building codes, regulations, standards, specifications, building procurement and contracts; and parametric modelling will be introduced in this course. Revit and Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be introduced.
Course Coordinator: Stewart CaldwellNote I work full time so may be hard to contact outside my teaching day which is Wednesdays. When in need email me and I generally check these daily.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Refer to the Teaching Schedule on My Uni for more information
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Recognize the theory and practice of architectural construction.
- Explain the representation of construction.
- Evaluate the relationship between construction and design.
- Demonstrate the major changes that have occurred in the representation and construction of buildings between the modern and pre-modern eras.
- Employ research methods into construction practices.
- Identify requirements to achieve professional and disciplinary outcomes.
- Evaluate the economic impact of design strategies and options.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
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.
Required ResourcesBedfore workshops commence in Week 5 all students will be expected to have completed the REVIT essentials course and series of tutorials in the Archistar Academy.
The following texts are suggested reading for this subject:
- 'Detailing for water: why do buildings leak?' (Rico J Bonaldi. Pub Bonaldi Australia. www.bonaldi.com.au)
(a portion of this text will be made available on MyUni)
- Concrete Basics (this will be made available on MyUni)
- 'Barrys Advanced Construction of Buildings' (Stephen Emmitt, Christopher A Gorse)
- 'On Weathering' (Mohsen Mostafavi, David Leatherbarrow)
- 'Building Your Own Home' (George Wilkie)
Other locations for resources will be distributed during lectures.
The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on contemporary architectural practice. 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 LearningUniversity 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.
MyUni 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. https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au
The MyUni Discussion Board can be used to interact with other students and tutors and is an essential tool to discuss information and increase your understanding of issues.
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 the MyUni system. However, this service is only available for lectures with essential course content and 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.
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 at the following link:
- 'Detailing for water: why do buildings leak?' (Rico J Bonaldi. Pub Bonaldi Australia. www.bonaldi.com.au)
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course will be taught with a combination of Lab based workshops, lectures, tutorials and some student presentations. A brief description is as follows:
LECTURES: Lectures and seminars will be a series of recorded sessions giving a description fo key concepts important for the successful completion of the course. Its expected students will watch these lectures before tutorial sessions and bring questions to the tutorials.
WORKSHOPS: All workshops are REVIT based sessions. The first group of workshops will be dedicated to training in the use of REVIT. The second set of workshops will be dedicated to students developing assessment work.
TUTORIALS: Those tutorials not dedicated to student presentations and assessments will have a theme. These will be the basis of a short presentation and discussion. The remainder of tutorial time will be dedicated to reviewing students ongoing draft assessment work. Students need to ensure they bring material for discussion and materials to progress assessments during the tutorials.
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 (delete as appropriate):
For a 3 unit course:
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
For a 6 unit course:
Total workload hours: 24 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 312 Hrs
Total contact hours: 6 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 72 Hrs
Total self-guided study: 312 Hrs – 72 Hrs = 240 Hrs
For a 12 unit course:
Total workload hours: 48 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 624 Hrs
Total contact hours: 12 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 144 Hrs
Total self-guided study: 624 Hrs – 144 Hrs = 480 Hrs
These 120 or 240 or 480 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.
While there is some opportunity for students to develop assessment work during tutorials and workshops it is expected that a majority of student work is completed outside of contact hours. Students will be required to spend time increasing their skills in the use of REVIT and other digital tools including SketchUp and possibly NAVISWORKS. On weeks including lectures students will be required to attend two hours of lectures and one hour of tutorials. On weeks including workshops students will be required to attend two hours of workshop and one hour of seminar time.
This is a 3 unit course. Recommended study commitments are meant to be hours of full time study, not just sitting thinking about the subject! The seminar workshops and other activities, including reviews of work in progress are an important component of your learning in this course. Some additional time may be required to familiarise yourself with the software required for assessments. The communication skills developed by regularly and actively participating in discussions are considered to be most important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
Learning Activities Summary
Learning & Teaching Activities Learning & Teaching Activities Summary Related Learning Outcomes Lectures Lectures will be a combination of directed sessions, guest speakers and student participation. 1,2,3,4,5,6 Tutorials Those tutorials not dedicated to student presentations and assessments will have a theme. These will be the basis of a short presentation and discussion. The remainder of tutorial time will be dedicated to reviewing students ongoing draft assessment work. Bring printouts along. 1,2,3,4,5,6 Workshops All workshops are REVIT based sessions. The first group of workshops will be dedicated to training in the use of REVIT. The second set of workshops will be dedicated to students developing assessment work. TBA
Learning Activities Schedule
Please refer to the Teaching Schedule.
Specific Course RequirementsFailure to attend teaching due to medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances is dealt with the School Policy, administered by the School Office. Submit the appropriate application for supplementary consideration together with the original signed medical or other relevant officer, to the School Office. If you foresee a problem contact the Course Coordinator BEFORE the problem actually occurs. Otherwise, contact the Course Coordinator as soon as possible and submit the appropriate application for supplementary consideration to the School Office.
Please pay attention to following policies:
- fieldtrips: Field Work policy and guidelines (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/hr/ohs/handbook/); and
- insurance information (https://www.adelaide.edu.au/legalandrisk/insurance/information/);
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Date/Week Weighting Learning Outcomes Assessment 1: Detail Study 25% 1 1a.Interim submission Formative Wed 15/3/23
1b.Detail Study Summative Wed 28/3/23
5:00pm Digital Upload.
Assessment 2: REVIT detail study 25% 1,2,5 2a.REVIT Family and Tutorial Formative Wed 19/4/23
5:00pm. Digital Upload.
2b.REVIT Detail Study Summative Fri 5/5/23
5:00pm. Digital Upload
Assessment 3: Virtual Construction and Collaboration 50% 1,2,3,4,5,6 3a.Collaboration Exercise Formative Wed 17/5/23
3b.Virtual Model, System analysis and Detailing Summative Monday 5/6/23
Digital submission at 5:00pm
Presentation of submission In tutorial,
to be issued closer to the date.
- 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.
- Most assignments will be marked within 3 weeks of the submission and the interim grades will be made available through the My Grades system. Students are expected to inform the Course Coordinator if there are any errors with the marks entered on the system.
- The best examples of students’ work will be included in the All-In Exhibition to be held at the end of term alongside the best works from other courses and year levels.
Some submissions for this course will required uploading to a web hosted dropbox. Details will be forwarded before the first assessment is due.
Assessment Task Due Date/Week Weighting Submission Method Asessment 1a Wed 28/3/20 0 Presentation in tutorial Asessment 1b Wed 1/4/20 25% Physical submission Asessment 2a Wed 15/4/20 0 Digital upload to location TBC Asessment 2b Fri 8/5/20 25% Digital upload to location TBC and physical submission Asessment 3a 22/4/20 0 Digital upload to location TBC Asessment 3b Wed 20/5/20 0 Presentation in tutorial Asessment 3c Mon 8/6/20
50% Digital upload to location TBC and physical submission
Presentation in tutorial
All assignments must be submitted at the time and place as indicated above. Note that NO LATE submissions will be accepted unless it is due to illness and other accepted circumstances as explained in the School's Student Handbook.
Selected submissions of the Final Assignment will be included in the All-In Exhibition at the end of the semester.
- 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 assignments 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.
- 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.
- 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%.
- The deadline for all re-submissions is 12pm on Friday 15th June 2018.
- 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 http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange.html 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.
- 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 http://www.architecture.adelaide.edu.au/current/resources/ for further details or contact Student Advisor).
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or approach the Counselling Service on 83035663 for an individual appointment.
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.
Disability:Students who have a disability and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements need to contact the University Disability Services at 83135962 or email@example.com for supporting documentation and then communicate these to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
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 http://www.adelaide.edu.au/eliteathletes/ and then communicate this to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
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.
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