BILD308 – Basic Building Technology

Module code
Module title
Basic Building Technology
To provide students with knowledge of basic building technology and material properties and performance.
NZQA Level
Level 3
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate and apply knowledge of building materials and their properties for set tasks.
Explain the purpose of interior and exterior linings, claddings and fixings in building and construction.
Describe the end use of building materials and their properties and performance.
-Building materials (timber, concrete, steel, composite products)
-Industry regulations and requirements
-Trade-related terminology
-Practical application of industry calculations
-Select and use relevant tools and equipment
-Select and install fixings and fasteners
-Work to specifications and drawings
-Safe work practices
-Material identification, fixing, safe use (MSDS) and storage
-Safe use of hand and power tools
-Construction installation and techniques
-Communication skills
Teaching and Learning Strategi
The primary method of delivering the learning material is Project-based Learning. The teaching and learning material may incorporate workshop activities, laboratory tasks, lectures, online research, training videos, tutor directed learning, student managed learning, individual and group work.

Assessments will be a mix of formal and informal, conducted in group and individual settings. Observational assessments will also be used where appropriate.

Regular feedback to students will be provided including assessment results.

Over the course of a series of projects, it is anticipated that students will develop the skills and knowledge to meet or exceed the learning outcomes. These projects will provide the students with the opportunity to progressively develop their confidence and proficiency.
Assessment Criteria
Portfolio of evidence100
Assessment in this module is mixed mode. The portfolio is comprised of multiple components. To pass this module, the student must complete and submit all components and gain a mark of at least 50 for each achievement-based component within the portfolio. Students must also meet all of the requirements of the competency-based tasks to be eligible for a final grade for this module. The final grade will be based on the marks achieved in the achievement-based tasks.
Learning and Teaching Resource
BRANZ Good Repair Guides
BRANZ Building Basics: Building Code Compliance
BRANZ House Building Guide
BRANZ House Insulation Guide
BRANZ Level Coatings
BRANZ Selecting Timber
Relevant Government Acts (the Health and Safety at Work, etc)
NZS 3604 and other Standards as required
Links to Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ), Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Standards New Zealand, Worksafe New Zealand, local government agencies, industry suppliers and other links to cover topics as required.