Building Materials and Construction
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
BAS Part 1, 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 proper booklet format. Printouts are strongly discouraged. The portfolio must be an accurate representation of the student?s skills 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.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
Buildings are studied as assemblages of distinct yet interrelated systems. Students explore basic materials and methods of construction, gaining insight to structural and other performance outcomes. Construction is discussed as a dimension in the overall design activity.
This course is a combined course for students of Architecture, Building Science and Interior Architecture. Lectures are based broadly around the theme of different materials used in the construction process, along with their history and examples of them being used in modern construction processes / situations.
Selection and specification of building materials and construction methods are important decisions to be made during all built environment projects; choices made around the physical fabric of buildings and their interiors affect pragmatic and poetic design outcomes. Decisions on the materiality of building projects should never be left to others because they are integral to the design ideas that underpin the work.
The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge about construction of small scale buildings in the New
Zealand context. This knowledge can then be applied to make appropriate decisions about the materials and
methods to be employed in construction
Course Learning Objectives
Students who pass this course will be able to:
1: Understand and apply principles of construction common to small scale timber buildings in New Zealand
2: Select materials appropriate to project design motivations and the broad environmental context of the project and then effectively integrate them into a simple construction project.
3: Produce coherent drawings that describe a small scale timber building and how it should be constructed
Modelling Assignment 40%
Drawing Assignment 50%
On-line Quizzes 10%
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.