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CMG3003 Building Services: Methods, Materials and Management

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Bldg Serv: Mthds,Mtls & M'ment
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
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 20 May 2019


Examiner: Nateque Mahmood


Pre-requisite: CMG1001 and CIV2502 or Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MEPR

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


Modern building today contains many different services and as such there is a need for understanding the processes used for constructing building services and the interaction these service have on each other both in relation to layout and construction methodology. The materials used, how the process is planned, scheduled and controlled is essential for the construction manager, in addition to applying commissioning procedures.


This course will cover knowledge related to reticulated services - water, power, gas, sewerage, telecom/data, drainage, vertical transportation (lifts and escalators), HVAC, BMS, lighting-acoustics, thermal performance, comfort conditions, indoor air quality, including design and installation principles. In doing so, the course will cover single buildings, multiple tenancy buildings, high-rise buildings, and residential sub-division development. Additionally, both the materials used and management strategies adopted will be covered.


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

  1. Analyse different issues related to building services in single buildings, multiple tenancy buildings, high-rise and tall buildings;
  2. Describe materials, methods and management issues for reticulated services;
  3. Explain the relevance of building regulations to the design and construction of building services;
  4. Describe the building management system (BMS) and various applications
  5. Explain the design principles, criteria and the installation procedures of vertical transportation, HVAC, and lighting-acoustics;
  6. Evaluate and explain the performance of thermal and comfort conditions and indoor air quality;
  7. Formulate a schedule of building services;
  8. Discuss the relevance of Building Information Modelling to the management of building services.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to building management systems 5.00
2. Building regulations 10.00
3. HVAC systems 10.00
4. Gas and electrical systems 10.00
5. Hot- and cold-water supplies 10.00
6. Soil and waste systems 10.00
7. Surface-water drainage and below-ground drainage systems 10.00
8. Lighting and room acoustics 5.00
9. Hydraulics and fire services systems 5.00
10. Vertical transportation systems 10.00
11. Scheduling of building services 7.50
12. The use of Building Information Modelling in building services 7.50

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. (

Chadderton, D. V 2013, Building services engineering, Routledge.

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.
Atkin, B 2015, Total facilities management, 4th edn, Oxford: Blackwell Pub.
Haines, R. W. and Wilson, C. Lewis (2009), HVAC Systems Design Handbook, 5th edn, McGraw-Hill.
Hall, F. and Greeno, R (2017), Building Services Handbook, 9th edn, Routledge Publishing.
McQuiston, F. C., Parker, J. D. and Spitler, J. D 2004, Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning: Analysis and Design, 6th edn, Wiley.
Tesoriero, J (2005), Plumbing Rules Made Simple for High Rise & Multiple Dwellings, J&L Publications.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 61.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 01 Apr 2019 1,2,3,4,5,6
ASSIGNMENT 2 200 20 20 May 2019 1,2,3,5,6
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 600 60 End S1 1,2,4,5,6,7,8 (see note 1)

  1. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

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 obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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 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