Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    SARC 221; Students must provide a portfolio of work for pre-approval before International Orientation and Enrolment week at Victoria University of Wellington. Students can only submit portfolios in a CD, PDF, website or propger booklet format. Printouts are strongly discouraged. The portfolio must be an acurate representation of the student's skill set to date.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Medium-scale building construction with relevant building materials, key elements, construction technologies, construction sequences and building processes.

    In SARC 321, the Construction course relates directly to information needed by students of both Te Huanui o ng? Waihanga (the Architecture Programme) and Te Huanui o ng? P?taiao Whare (the Building Science Programme).

    SARC 321 Construction is a course that moves on from the small scale, timber-framed buildings encompassed in SARC 221, and assumes that this timber-framed knowledge is now standard within student?s knowledge. Timber frame technology will thus not be taught in this subject, but instead it is assumed that the students already have a firm grasp of this NZS 3604-based knowledge. Likewise, basic working drawing techniques learnt in SARC 221 will be expected to be implemented by students automatically. This means that students are expected to use 2D and 3D CAD systems to document their work: these skills are vital for work in the building industry.

    The course moves into the principles of designing and building larger buildings, including construction systems suitable for high rise offices and introduces technologies that are suitable and / or mandatory on larger projects. It will be illustrated by real life examples of large building constructions: complex situations. Buildings are constructed as a result of a multitude of intersecting factors: regulatory conditions, building performance criteria, climate, cost, materials, design objectives ? all these, among others, need to be resolved in order to get a building built. These multistory buildings are as important to Building Science students as they are to Architecture students.

    The construction industry provides an array of materials and techniques in which to solve these issues and has its own ways of doing things. Navigating all this is the responsibility of the building scientist, engineers and architect, who design, document and make sure it all happens correctly. They are the people with the knowledge and understanding necessary to bring all these factors together and get buildings built, in conjunction with the Contractor.

    Students will be given an expanded knowledge of construction techniques and systems to a level of complexity and scale of building that allows them to understand large building projects. They will be expected to apply a fluid critical approach to that knowledge. The intention is for students to gain an understanding of construction as practiced in the contemporary commercial context within New Zealand and have the tools to be able to research, document and analyse this construction critically. Incorporation of BIM principles will be made where possible.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1: Analyse the appropriateness and efficacy of common materials, systems and methods of NZ medium scale construction
    2: Apply broad principles of NZ medium scale construction to specific construction situations
    3: Be able to research, analyse and solve construction issues
    4: Communicate the resolution of construction problems in analogue and digital construction drawings
    5: Develop a techtonic construction strategy for the construction of a moderately complex building

    Project 1: Core 30%
    Project 2: Integration 20%
    Project 3: Façade 30%
    Assessment 4: Seminars 20%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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