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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Site Issues / Introduction to Physics
    • Site Preparation
    • Ground Floors / Sound and Sun on Buildings
    • Suspended Floors / Foundations
    • Walls / Concrete
    • Doors / Bricks
    • Windows / Timber
    • Roof Structures / Building Stone
    • Stairs / Timber Boards, Slabs and Panels
    • Roof Finishes / Gypsum
    • Finishes / Ceramics
    • External Works
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Glossary
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. analyse the effectiveness of various construction processes used in domestic buildings
  2. evaluate the physical performance of different types of materials used in domestic construction
  3. apply basic physics theory to produce a heat, light and sound performance profile of domestic buildings.
  • Assignment 1 - Case Study (25%)
  • Assignment 2 - Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Reflective Task (25%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-CME110

Special requirements

No special requirements

An introduction to domestic construction types, components and practices and an overview of basic constructional materials used in domestic construction. The subject also provides an overview of basic physics theory, and explores how physics relates to building science including examination of the properties of matter, wave motion, heat, light and sound and introduces solar effects on buildings. Fieldwork is a component of this subject.

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