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					DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH & PRIMARY CARE
                TAMAVUA




  PH 129 INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING PRACTICE

                        COURSE OUTLINE




                          Semester 2, 2009




PH 129 Course Outline           2/2009       Page 1 of Pages 9
Contents

Introduction ................................................................................................................................ 3

Learning outcomes .................................................................................................................. 3

Textbook ...................................................................................................................................... 4

Other resources ........................................................................................................................ 4

Assessments............................................................................................................................... 4

Details of Continuous Assessment .................................................................................... 5

Session schedule ...................................................................................................................... 7

Evaluation.................................................................................................................................... 9




PH 129 Course Outline                                                2/2009                                      Page 2 of Pages 9
Introduction

The course principally deals with principles of design, building laws, building
inspection and supervision. The importance of having a sound and durable
house for whichever purpose it is intended for is quite significant in disease
prevention as well as protection of loss of lives from natural and man made
phenomena such as drought, strong winds, earthquakes, tidal waves and
fires.

The design of a building is dictated by various factors such as location, site
suitability, class and intended use, estimated number of occupants and
vulnerability to natural and human caused phenomena that can caused
negative consequences. The role of the building inspectors are to ensure
that the building codes, rules and regulations are adhered to ensure
protection of occupants and all those within its precincts from injuries and
outbreak of diseases as a result of collapsing of building and improper
storage of solid and liquid waste.

Legislations that govern building standards and requirements vary from
country to country as well as from rural to urban areas within a country. This
is attributed to climatic, spatial and geographical conditions. Enforcement as
well vary from country to country due to economic affordability and the
volume of construction that is carried out with a time period.


Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course students are expected to achieve the
following competencies,

      Describe the relationship of between poorly built houses with
       prevalence of infectious diseases
      Describe the basic considerations critical in designing a safe and sound
       building
      Summarise the requirements of the legislations that govern building
       construction and practices
      Evaluate safe and unsafe building sites
      Draw a simple single storey wooden and concrete building plan as well
       as its Bill of Quantity
      Evaluate the lighting and ventilation requirement of a building
      Design an effective plumbing system that can sustain the need of the
       building



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Textbook

The prescribed textbook for the course are;

          Public Health (Building) Regulations Cap 111, Government Printer,
           Suva
          Building Code, Government Printer, Suva
          Basett, W.H. (1999) Clay’s handbook of Environmental Health

There are other reference materials available in the library as well as those
in numerous web sites which you are also encouraged to access them in
order to broaden your scope and comprehend the contents of the course
better.


Other resources

Since the course will require you to draw a building plan you are required to
bring along the following essential kits;

       -       “T” square ruler – metal, plastic or wooden
       -       Scale ruler (1:10, 1:100, 1:50)
       -       Set squares
       -       HB pencil
       -       Erasers

Assessments

Assessment will be in the form of summative and formative. Summative to
include activities carried out in the class to enhance learning and articulation
of the contents of the course.

Formative will be both Continuous Assessment (60%) and an End point
Examination (40%), the total of which will determine the final grade
attained in the course.

The 60% of Continuous Assessment will be divided up into the following
tasks;

Individual summary on legislation            -    20%
Mid semester Test                            -    10%
Field Visit report                           -    10%
Group building plan with bill of quantity    -    20%          60%


PH 129 Course Outline                   2/2009                 Page 4 of Pages 9
 NOTE: You must pass the Continuous Assessment to pass the course
The End Point Examination (40%) will be a three (3) hour paper at the
end of the semester of which you must attain 20% in order to pass the
course.


Details of Continuous Assessment

ASSIGNMENT 1 – Individual summary on legislation – 20%          Due: 2/9/09

You are required to summarise the following legislations that govern building
practices in Fiji;

   1. Public Health Regulations Cap 111 – Part VIII Building (Regulations 43
      – 142)
   2. Public Health (Building Regulations Cap 111 (Regulations 1 – 243)
   3. Towns (Building) Regulations Cap 111 (Regulations 1 – 148)
   4. Building Code

You summary must in be simple English and avoid repeating the legal
jargon. Do not reproduce the regulations.

MID SEMESTER TEST – 10%                             Date: 12/8/09

This will be a one(1) hour paper designed to assess your understanding of
the content from Session 1 to Session 6.



ASSIGNMENT 2 - FIELD VISIT REPORT – 10%              Due Date: 16/9/09

In the course you will be given the opportunity to visit some construction
sites to observe the process and practices being adopted. At the completion
of the visit you are to prepare a report and to focus on the following;

   -   Approving authority
   -   Date approved
   -   Location of the site
   -   Detail progress achieved
   -   Legislation that is applicable
   -   Adherence to provisions in the legislation
   -   Quality of workmanship noted at the site




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ASSIGNMNET 3 – BUILDING PLAN WITH BILL OF QUANTITY – 20%
                                                 Due: 14/10/09

This is a group work and each group is required to submit the following;
    Site Plan showing distances from side boundaries, drainage and
       sewerage layout
    Detail structural drawing of a simple single storey wooden or concrete
       building plan and to show;

                        -   Floor plan (2 bed room, toilet and shower, living room,
                            kitchen
                        -   Elevation plan ( Front, Rear and Side)
                        -   Cross section plan
                        -   Foundation plan
                        -   Roof plan

    Bill of Quantity for each of the phases of the building;

                        -   Foundation
                        -   Floor
                        -   Wall
                        -   Beam
                        -   Roof
                        -   Plumbing
                        -   Electrical

    Completed development application form in accordance with location
     you have selected




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     Session schedule
Date                     Session   Session contents                 Activity                   Comments
8th July                 1         Orientations                     Distribution of outline
15th July                2         Building considerations          Summary presentation       Clay’s Handbook of EH
                                      - housing and diseases
                                      - transitional in housing
22nd July                3         Building control and practices   Summary presentations      Building Regulations
                                      - legislations
                                      - enforcement agencies
                                      - enforcement officers
                                      - development control
                                      - inspections
                                      - certification
29th July                4         Design considerations            Summary presentations      Building Regulations
                                      - climatic condition
                                      - hydrology
                                      - locality
                                      - services
5th August               5         Building drawings                Drawings                   Building Regulations
                                      - scale
                                      - layout and sizes
12th August              6         Site selection                   Drawings                   Building Regulations
                                      - healthiness of site
                                      - Self bearing value-SBV
                                      - Zoning                                                 Mid semester test
19th August                                                         Mid Semester Break
26th August -            7         Foundations                      Drawings                   Building Regulations
                                      - Types and designs
                                      - Loads – imposed
                                      - Hydrology
2nd September            8         Building materials – timber      Drawings                   Building Regulations
                                      - Grades
                                      - treatment


     PH 129 Course Outline                       2/2009                    Page 7 of Pages 9
                                   - sizes                                                  Assignment 1
 th
9 September                9    Building materials – concrete   Field visit                 Building Regulations
                                   - mix and strength
                                   - curing
                                   - reinforcements
                                   - block making
                                   - formworks
16th September             10   Roofing                         Drawings                    Building Regulations
                                   - types
                                   - fixing devices
                                   - vertices                                               Assignment 2
  rd
23     September           11   Lighting and ventilation        Drawings                    Building Regulations
                                   - natural
                                   - artificial
                                   - cross and through
30th September             12   Plumbing                        Drawings                    Building Regulations
                                   - Water supply
                                   - Sanitation
                                   - Piping
                                   - Fittings
                                   - Inspection chambers
                                   - Percolation
7th October                13   Drainage                        Drawings                    Building Regulations
                                   - Surface water
                                   - Public drainage
                                   - Soakage pits
14th October               14   Services and amenities                                      Building Regulations
                                   - Painting
                                   - Electricity
                                   - Fire
                                   - Refuse disposal                                        Assignment 3
  st
21 October                                                       Study Break
26th Oct - 6th Nov                                        FINAL EXAMINATION (40%)




       PH 129 Course Outline                  2/2009                    Page 8 of Pages 9
Evaluation

You will be given evaluation form at the end of the semester in which you are
encouraged to fill them out honestly. Your comments will be treated with utmost
confidentiality




                             WISH YOU ALL THE BEST




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