CQUniversity Unit Profile
BLAR11045 Built Environment 1
Built Environment 1
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General Information

Overview

This unit is an introduction to the impacts of the building design and construction sectors on the environment viz: Natural ecosystems including climate, hydrological cycle, basic thermodynamics, consequences of modification; ecosystem interdependency, capacity of the environment to assimilate changes; background to greenhouse concerns from the Rio Summit through to current global negotiations: social, legislative and political issues associated with modification of the natural and developed environments including environmental impact assessments; and environmental impact of development-mining and mineral processing, materials and manufacturing industries as related to the building and construction sector. This unit then provides an introduction to current activity to minimise impacts through shift to service rather than consumption based economy in the building and construction sector. This unit also requires the student to develop an understanding of requirements for regional and urban development including the legislative framework for planning control, feasibility studies, consultation and communication processes.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 35%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment
Weighting: 35%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Feedback

Feedback

Moodle hard to use.

Recommendation

MS Teams will only be used for unit communications. Moodle is undergoing a major refresh/design to make it simpler to use.

Feedback from Student Feedback

Feedback

Assignment marks were slow to be released.

Recommendation

Marks will be returned within two weeks of submission. Additional marking staff will be used when required to meet this target.

Feedback from Lecturer

Feedback

Students failed to follow assignment presentation requirements.

Recommendation

The assignments are required as professional reports and the details of such are clearly detailed in Moodle and by tutors. However, for 2021 a report template will be provided for assignment one.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Propose methods for improving the environmental and social sustainability of the built environment.
  2. Explain the basic theoretical and practical concepts used in urban planning.
  3. Choose appropriate design responses for particular Australian climate zones.
  4. Select building materials on an environmentally preferred basis with particular reference to embodied energy, usage and waste.
  5. Solve routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology, logic and ethical decision making.
  6. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  7. Use effectively appropriate modes of communication.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 35%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 35%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

The Whole Building Handbook

Authors: Bokalders , Varis
Taylor and Francis
London London , UK
ISBN: 9781844075232
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

This book is available to read online through the Library website. If you would like your own copy, you can purchase either paper or eBook copies at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • MS Office
  • Web camera, headphones and mic
  • MS Teams
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Kevin Stone Unit Coordinator
k.j.stone@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 11 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

1.The sustainable global ecosystem

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Begin work on your first assignment due in week three (3)

Week 2 Begin Date: 18 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

2.Human activities and environmental impacts

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 25 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

3.Accelerated development; accelerated impacts

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Submit assignment one (1)

Week 4 Begin Date: 01 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

4. Traditional town planning - history

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 1 Due: Week 4 Monday (1 Aug 2022) 9:00 am AEST
Week 5 Begin Date: 08 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

5.Planning theories - analysis and debate

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Choose a site for a house for Assignment 3 and get lecturer approval during online tutorial this week

Vacation Week Begin Date: 15 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

No lecture or Tutorial this week.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Check local planning regulations for your site for Assignment 3

Week 6 Begin Date: 22 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

6.Urban and regional development and eco-sustainability

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Submit assignment two (2)

Week 7 Begin Date: 29 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

7.Eco-sustainable urban planning including services and systems

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Choose a plan for your site from those available in Moodle for Assignment 3

Week 8 Begin Date: 05 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

8.The construction site and eco-sustainability

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 2 Due: Week 8 Monday (5 Sept 2022) 9:00 am AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 12 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

9.Passive 'design for climate' and energy use

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 19 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

10.Eco-sustainable materials and systems

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 26 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

11.Review of values, reforms, limitations

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 3 Due: Week 11 Monday (26 Sept 2022) 9:00 am AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 03 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

12.Regulatory tools towards eco-sustainability in planning, design and construction

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Submit assignment three (3)

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 10 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 17 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

This unit introduces the student to the concepts of sustainability and environmental sustainability in the property and construction fields.

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment 1

Task Description

Assessment item 1 - Written Assignment. This assessment item will address the unit Learning Outcome 1 and will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the transferable skills in learning outcomes 5, 6 and 7.

Your submission will be a report containing your responses to three questions of varying complexity, the focus of which will relate directly to Topics 1, 2 and 3. Full and detailed briefing for this assignment and the assignment rubric will be available from the Assessment Block in Moodle.

You must attain a minimum 45%


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Monday (1 Aug 2022) 9:00 am AEST

Word format submission only as a professional report


Return Date to Students

Vacation Week Friday (19 Aug 2022)

Students will be advised of any adverse circumstances that might delay return of feedback.


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
You must attain a minimum pass mark of 45%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will be relevant to the learning outcomes and topics of focus for this assignment that are listed above in the task description. However, the more detailed enabling objectives in the Study Guide that are variously related to Topics 1, 2 and 3 will give you a more comprehensive understanding of what you may be needing to demonstrate. This assessment item is worth 30% (ie; 30/100, approximately 20% of which (ie; 6/30) is relevant to the presentation quality of your submission and your referencing.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Ensure that your submissions in Moodle remain a Draft until you have viewed the TII Similarity report that will be generated. Submission required to be a professional report in MS Word only

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Propose methods for improving the environmental and social sustainability of the built environment.
  • Solve routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology, logic and ethical decision making.
  • Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  • Use effectively appropriate modes of communication.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment 2

Task Description

Assessment item 2 - Written Assignment. This assessment item will primarily address Learning Outcome 2 with associated implications for learning outcome 1 and will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the transferrable skills in learning outcomes 5, 6 and 7.

Your submission will be a report containing your responses to several questions, the focus of which will relate directly to Topics 4, 5, 6 and 7. Full and detailed briefing for this assignment and the assignment rubric will be available from the Assessment Block in Moodle.

You must attain a minimum 45%


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Monday (5 Sept 2022) 9:00 am AEST

Submitted as a professional report as a MS Word file only via Turnitin.


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (16 Sept 2022)

Students will be advised of any adverse circumstances that might delay this.


Weighting
35%

Minimum mark or grade
You must attain a minimum pass mark of 45%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will be relevant to the learning outcomes and topics that are listed above in the task description. However the more detailed 'enabling objectives' in the Study Guide that are directly related to Topics 4, 5, 6 and 7 will give you a more comprehensive understanding of what you may be expected to demonstrate. This assessment item is worth 35% (ie; 35/100). Approximately 20% of this (ie; 7/35) is relevant to the presentation quality of your submission and your referencing.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Ensure that your submissions in Moodle remain a Draft until you have viewed the TII Similarity report that will be generated. To be a professional report as a MS Word fileonly.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Propose methods for improving the environmental and social sustainability of the built environment.
  • Explain the basic theoretical and practical concepts used in urban planning.
  • Solve routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology, logic and ethical decision making.
  • Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  • Use effectively appropriate modes of communication.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

3 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment 3

Task Description

Assessment item 3 will address learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4, and will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the transferrable skills in learning outcomes 5, 6 and 7.

For this assessment item you will need to address the requirements of a multi-faceted task that will include drawings and written content as required.

Your submission will be a report, the focus of which will relate directly to the environmentally sustainable design focus of Topics 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Full and detailed briefing for this assignment and the assignment rubric will be available from the Assessment Block in Moodle.

You must attain a minimum 45%


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Monday (26 Sept 2022) 9:00 am AEST

Submitted as a professional report in an MS Word file via turnitin.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (21 Oct 2022)

Return Date: Monday 22 October 2021


Weighting
35%

Minimum mark or grade
You m ust attain a minimum pass mark of 45%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will be relevant to the learning outcomes and topics of focus for this assignment that are listed above in the task description. However the more detailed 'enabling objectives' in the Study Guide that are directly related to Topics 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, will give you a more comprehensive understanding of what you may be expected to demonstrate. This assessment item is worth 35% (ie; 35/100, approximately 20% of which (ie; 7/35) is relevant to the presentation quality of your submission and your referencing.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Ensure that your submissions in Moodle remain a Draft until you have viewed the TII Similarity report that will be generated.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Propose methods for improving the environmental and social sustainability of the built environment.
  • Explain the basic theoretical and practical concepts used in urban planning.
  • Choose appropriate design responses for particular Australian climate zones.
  • Select building materials on an environmentally preferred basis with particular reference to embodied energy, usage and waste.
  • Solve routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology, logic and ethical decision making.
  • Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  • Use effectively appropriate modes of communication.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?