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Diploma of Building Surveying

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  • Objectives
    Diploma of Building Surveying will equip you with relevant and comprehensive skills and knowledge to successfully enter the building and construction industry. Diploma of Building Surveying covers the skills and knowledge required for building inspection with a strong focus on building technology relating to the study of the principles, legislation and regulations involved in the building and construction industry. The course is based at the Gordon’s East Geelong Campus, Boundary Road, East Geelong and is delivered by the School of Building and Construction.
  • Entry requirements
    All applicants for the Diploma of Building Surveying must apply through VTAC and complete a Gordon Building Application form. Part-time applicants for the DIploma of Building Surveying must fill in a Part time Gordon Building Application Form. For non Year 12 full-time applicants, the Diploma of Building Surveying requires applicants to be at least 18 years of age and to have been out of full-time study for at least 12 months. There are no minimum tertiary entrance requirements for current Year 12 full-time applicants. You will be expected to have suitable language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills needed to undertake your course. Applicants may be required to attend an information session.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma of Building Surveying
  • Course description
    Modules / Units of Competency
    There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Diploma of Building Surveying. The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
    Title     Approx. Hours

    Diploma of Building Surveying
    Year 1
    Assess the Construction of Domestic Scale Buildings     100
    Produce Working Drawings for Residential Buildings     90
    Apply Legislation to Urban Development and Building Controls     36
    Apply Footing and Geomechanical Design Principles to Domestic Scale Buildings     36
    Undertake Site Surveys and Set Out Procedures to Building Projects     72
    Apply Building Codes and Standards to Residential Buildings     36
    Assess Timber Framed Designs for One and Two Storey Buildings     36
    Operate a Personal Computer     30
    Operate a Word Processing Application     30
    Operate a Spreadsheet Application     30
    Operate a Database Application     30
    Send and Retrieve Information over the Internet Using Browsers and Email     25

    Year 2     
    Evaluate Materials for Construction of Domestic Scale Buildings     72
    Apply Principles of Energy Efficient Design to Buildings     36
    Manage Business Document Design and Development     60
    Maintain Business Technology     40
    Utilise Specialist Communication Skills     50
    Develop, Implement and Promote Effective Communication Techniques     75
    Assess Construction Faults in Residential Buildings     36
    Apply Building Control Legislation to Building Surveying     36
    Assess the Impact of Fire on Building Materials     36
    Interact with Clients in a Regulated Environment     36
    Assess Structural Requirements for Domestic Scale Buildings     72
    Apply Building Surveying Procedures to Residential Buildings     36
    Diploma of Building Surveying is a full-time* two year course. Students can expect approximately 19 hours of class attendance each week. Student intakes are generally in February.

    * Selected units may be available on a part time basis. To check availability please contact Course Information.

    Selection Criteria
    If there are more applicants than course vacancies available then preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated motivation and understanding of the course, demonstrated understanding of the nature of the work and the industry, relevant work or voluntary experience and a demonstrated variety of conceptual and technical abilities.

    Links and options exist between various levels of study. Accredited pathways exist enabling students to move between courses within the Gordon and to other higher education institutions.

    Diploma of Building Surveying

        * Building inspector
        * Clerk of works
        * Building supervisor

    Bachelor of Construction Management (Deakin University)
    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
    Gordon Institute Support Services

    The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.

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