Building Materials and Construction

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Building Materials and Construction

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    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.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    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%

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.