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CMG1002 Residential Construction: Methods, Materials and Management

Semester 2, 2016 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 040399 - Building not elsewhere classif

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Examiner: Vasantha Abeysekera


Pre-requisite: CMG1001


The residential construction sector contributes a significant proportion of new orders within the construction industry. Accordingly, it is vital that residential development and construction is managed efficiently, professionally and to the required method of construction.


Residential Construction - methods, materials and management course is provided to explain how single and two storey residences are constructed in Australia providing knowledge on methods of construction, materials used, and management strategies to achieve project success. The course is supported with a number of videos on mainly Australian residential construction projects.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, student should be able to:

  1. Interpret client needs and wants
  2. Describe methods used for the construction of a residence
  3. Explain properties and types of materials used for residential construction projects
  4. Describe practices appropriate for the management of residential construction projects
  5. Explain the interconnectedness of methods, materials, and management
  6. Explain the usefulness of building information modelling to residential construction
  7. Demonstrate appropriate written and communication skills


Description Weighting(%)
1. Understanding clients? needs and wants 5.00
2. Design and design development 10.00
3. Sourcing finance, procurement options, standard form contracts and specifications 10.00
4. Construction insurance, site mobilisation, setting out, suppliers and subcontractors, time plans, and payment claims and procedures 10.00
5. Base construction methods, materials and management of front end trades 10.00
6. Frame construction methods, materials including temporary works and management of related trades 10.00
7. External wall cladding and roof covering methods, materials and methods used for the management of middle trades 10.00
8. Fixing stage work (linings, architraves, cornices, skirting, doors, baths and shower trays, tiling, built in shelves, cabinets and cupboards), methods of construction, materials used and management 10.00
9. Practical completion, methods and materials used, management of back-end trades 10.00
10. Defects and defects liability, warranties and guarantees 5.00
11. Landscaping and interior decorating ? methods, materials and management 5.00
12. Introduction to building information modelling 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Staines, A 2014, The Australian House Building Manual, 8th edn, Pinedale Press, Caloundra, QLD.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 51.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 08 Aug 2016
ASSIGNMENT 2 400 40 03 Oct 2016
EXAMINATION 400 40 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. This will be a restricted examination. Total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the
    marks available.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The examination is restricted and candidates are allowed to bring a scientific calculator and dictionary into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at