VCAL students complete university subject

By Tara Whitsed

Two students completing their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning did a university subject where they built a utility shed at Dookie.

The Academy of Sport, Health and Education (ASHE) students Mahalia Hargraves and Sienna Richards joined a group of first-year Master of Architecture students from the University of Melbourne to learn about construction methods.

In just four days the team built a timber shed, complete with a deck, to support agricultural research at the University of Melbourne’s Dookie Campus.

The program ensured students learn about timber construction from first principles before heading to the studio to make the required architectural plans.

‘‘It was amazing seeing what we could do,’’ Mahalia said.

‘‘We worked hard to build in the morning and then learned how to create proper architectural drawings in the afternoons.’’

Sienna was also impressed with the process.

‘‘Now I really understand how things go together and how to use the range of power tools,’’ she said.

‘‘Learning about the drawings was great and I picked up some really useful drawing skills.’’

ASHE senior lecturer and subject co-ordinator David O’Brien said the students worked well together and enjoyed learning in this practical way.

‘‘The students really benefit when they have a greater understanding of how things are built from experiences gained first hand,’’ Dr O’Brien said.

‘‘These skills will really support their learning well into the future.’’