Construction 1: Building Systems and Materials

DIA10001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020

Contact hours

  • 48

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20


Admission into Bachelor of Design (Architecture) or Bachelor of Design (Interior Architecture) (Honours) course within the School of Design

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to a range of construction systems and material including timber, steel and glass and concrete. This includes the basics of building services, construction detailing, sourcing materials and develop model making skills. Students explore various ways of designing and constructing interior details (doors, windows, joinery, walls etc.), and will focus on the methods for researching materials, construction technologies and documenting according to Australian standards and codes.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Apply appropriate building methods for small-scale construction projects via drawings and model making
2. Explain the standards within the design / documentation process
3. Use appropriate documentation conventions and identify when and how to draw a design detail
4.Use material databases and basic product directories to discover and implement specific building products and materials
5. Discuss issues regarding environmental impact and sustainability relevant to construction.