Structures for Residential Construction Projects

Course code CON106

This online course will enable you to understand the relationship between the choice of site and structure of a small building, taking into consideration site limitations, small building design, the envelope and interior.  You will learn how a building is constructed in accordance with NZS 3604 and the Building Code to specific and non-specific design.

For more information watch the course introduction video below.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2018 :  
    Trimester 2 enrol by 24 Jun 2018 to start 2 Jul 2018
    Trimester 3 enrol by 21 Oct 2018 to start 29 Oct 2018
  • Delivery type
    2018 :  
    Trimester 2 & 3 2018 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2018 :  
    NZ students $600 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

What you need to know about this course

Students who complete this course will be able to (for residential construction)

  • Identify, analyse and describe the limitations of a small building site in terms of the relevant legislative requirements and building implications for a new build
  • Determine and describe the type of structure that can be built on a given site in terms of its foundations structure, bracing and internal and external finished
  • Identify the requirements of the Building Code as they relate to non-specific building design
  • Create simple technical sketches for construction from a given brief

Course content includes

  • Site limitations: Environment, vegetation, water, structures, services, adjacent sites, geotechnical and topographical as well as LIM information and considerations of buildability and cost
  • Environment is not only about climatic elements but also about the environment created 
  • Legislative requirements: Resource Management Act and district plan (operative and proposed)
  • For each part of the structure (e.g. foundations etc.) consider the construction process (site constraints, materials, time, general cost implications)
  • In addition, description of foundation includes geotechnical factors; description of structure includes cladding; description of envelope includes wall and roof claddings and openings and cladding jointing systems; description of building interior includes linings, joinery and fitments that match the required structure and meet or exceed regulatory requirements.
  • Ruled or free hand sketching to identify components and structural details as well as their functions
  • Provide how to obtain a property title from LINZ


100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.