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
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
    Trimester 3 enrol by 20 Oct 2019 to start 28 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1, 2 & 3 2019 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
    2019 :  
    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  

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.