CQUniversity Unit Profile
BLAR11049 Built Environment Communication and Skills
Built Environment Communication and Skills
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General Information

Overview

This unit introduces you to elementary communication concepts that are relevant to a career in the built environment. Topics include writing and presentation, basic mathematics as applicable in the built environment, interpretation commonly used in industry documentation, effective plan and specification reading and analysis, academic referencing and library skills, oral and written communication, negotiation, teamwork, conflict resolution, and ethical issues. The unit develops your ability to use the learning management systems, unit profile, resource materials, and study guides. All topics are discussed in a technical context with an emphasis on practical exercises and their application in the built environment. The unit will introduce you to the core elements of social innovative practice and how these principles can be applied to a range of cultural and environmental contexts.

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 1 - 2021

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. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 5%
2. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 10%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
4. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
5. Online Test
Weighting: 40%

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 evaluation

Feedback

The lectures. The PowerPoint was sometimes slow and didn’t show up as they were being discussed.

Recommendation

A review of Zoom and current computer system will seek ways to improve the hosting experience.

Feedback from Student evaluation

Feedback

Enjoyed learning some basic math skills that I lacked at school.

Recommendation

Unit review will maintain the maths endorsement provided.

Feedback from Student evaluation

Feedback

Results/feedback for assessment 3 took too long.

Recommendation

Review will look at marking assistance to shorten return time.

Feedback from Student evaluation

Feedback

I liked how we could connect with the teacher before the live discussion if we had any doubts.

Recommendation

Consultation time before and after the scheduled online class will be retained.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain, interpret, and report on commonly used built environment communication concepts, mediums, and strategies
  2. Analyse, design, and formulate mathematical and trigonometric solutions applicable to built environment activities and logistics
  3. Evaluate course resource materials and demonstrate the effective application of academic referencing and relevant software to create scholarly content in a range of contexts
  4. Develop strategies to apply social innovation principles in a range of cultural and environmental contexts.


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
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 5%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Written Assessment - 25%
5 - Online Test - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 5%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Written Assessment - 25%
5 - Online Test - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Building and Construction Skills 5th edn (2016)

Authors: Hawkins, E
Cengage Australia
South Melbourne South Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 9780170357944
Binding: Other
Supplementary

The Little Pearson Handbook 4th Australasian edition (2017)

Authors: Faigley, L
Pearson Australia
Melbourne Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 9781488616846
Binding: Spiral

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microphone and headset
  • Webcam
  • Micorsoft Office
Referencing Style

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Peter F Lawrence (Engineering) Unit Coordinator
p.lawrence1@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 1 - Introduction to CQU systems and services

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle unit site for additional information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 2 - Research and referencing skills

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle unit site for additional information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 Due: Week 2 Friday (19 Mar 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 3 - Written communication skills

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle unit site for additional information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 Due: Week 3 Friday (26 Mar 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 4 - Visual communication skills 1

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle unit site for additional information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 5 - Visual communication skills 2

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle unit site for additional information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3 Due: Week 5 Friday (9 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

No scheduled class 


Chapter

Use the time to work on an assessment or take a wellness break.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 6 - Number operations and Algebra

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle unit site for additional information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 7 -  Algebraic equations

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle unit site for additional information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 8 - Geometry

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle unit site for additional information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 9 - Trigonometry

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle unit site for additional information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 10 - Vectors

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle unit site for additional information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 11 -  Construction drawings and social innovation

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle unit site for additional information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 4 Due: Week 11 Friday (28 May 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Topic 12 - Examination and revision skills

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Details of day and time for the online test released.

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Unit review and exam period begins

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Exam period concludes

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Online test as advised

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Assessment 1

Task Description

Assessment 1 relates to learning outcome 1 and requires you to answer a quiz of multiple choice questions based on CQU systems and services.

Please note: Results for this assessment will be made available to students after the return date. Consequently, extension requests greater than the duration period from the due date to the return date will be denied except under exceptional circumstances.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Week 2 Friday (19 Mar 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Friday 19/03/21 after the quiz due date and time expires


Weighting
5%

Assessment Criteria

Test and apply knowledge based on topic content.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Quiz accessed via the Moodle Assessment portal.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain, interpret, and report on commonly used built environment communication concepts, mediums, and strategies


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Assessment 2

Task Description

Assessment 2 relates to learning outcome 3 and requires you to answer a quiz of multiple choice questions based on research and referencing skills.

Please note: Results for this assessment will be made available to students after the return date. Consequently, extension requests greater than the duration period from the due date to the return date will be denied except under exceptional circumstances.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Week 3 Friday (26 Mar 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Friday 26/03/21 after the quiz due date and time expires


Weighting
10%

Assessment Criteria

Test and apply knowledge based on topic content


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Quiz accessed via the Moodle Assessment portal.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate course resource materials and demonstrate the effective application of academic referencing and relevant software to create scholarly content in a range of contexts


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 3

Task Description

Brief response

Assessment 3 relates to learning outcomes 1 and 3, and requires you to research and answer questions on a built environment project and demonstrate writing and referencing skills via your response.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (9 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Your assessment submission must be in an electronic format.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions from the Assessment tab shown on the unit Moodle site. Your submission will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may amend your work based on the detection report. You must ensure that the work is your own or has been correctly referenced to the appropriate author(s), according to the CQU requirements. You will find further support material for this assessment on the unit Moodle site.

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Show clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use and reference correctly supporting information.
  • Communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Use graphs, illustrations and other graphics, to visually support your submission.
  • Demonstrate the core knowledge associated with this unit and show appropriate application of that knowledge.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit as a single PDF file via the Moodle Assessment portal.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain, interpret, and report on commonly used built environment communication concepts, mediums, and strategies
  • Evaluate course resource materials and demonstrate the effective application of academic referencing and relevant software to create scholarly content in a range of contexts


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 4

Task Description

Mathematics workbook

Assessment 4 relates to learning outcome 2 and requires you to analyse, conceptualise and formulate mathematical solutions for multiple questions. The workbook will be available at the end of week 5 from the unit Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (28 May 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Friday (11 Jun 2021)


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

Your assessment submission must be in an electronic format.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions from the Assessment tab shown on the unit Moodle site. Your submission will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may be advised by Turnitin to resubmit your assessment as it cannot recognise handwritten solutions; ignor this and continue with your lodgement. You must ensure the work is your own or has been correctly referenced to the appropriate author(s), according to the CQU requirements. You will find further support material for this assessment on the unit Moodle site.

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Show clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use and reference correctly supporting information.
  • Communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Use graphs, illustrations and other graphics, to visually support your submission.
  • Demonstrate the core knowledge associated with this unit and show appropriate application of that knowledge.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit as a single PDF file via the Moodle Assessment portal.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse, design, and formulate mathematical and trigonometric solutions applicable to built environment activities and logistics


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

5 Online Test

Assessment Title
Online test

Task Description

Assessment 5 relates to learning outcomes 2 and 4. You will research and answer questions exploring the learning content presented in topics 1-11. The online test will be held during the Exam Week at a date and time advised by week 12.

The duration of test will be 150 minutes.

The test will be Open Book and will require the use of a calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.

Your submission will be uploaded via the assessment link in Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Online test will be held during Exam Week; day and time will be released in Week 12.


Return Date to Students

Wednesday 30/06/21


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
14/40 (35%)

Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be assessed on the following basis:

Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues;

Use of quality supporting documentation as appropriate;

Use of original thought and content;

Overall presentation and ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and the use of appropriate diagrams and other visual communication; and

Demonstration of core knowledge and demonstration of appropriate application of knowledge.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit as a PDF file

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse, design, and formulate mathematical and trigonometric solutions applicable to built environment activities and logistics
  • Develop strategies to apply social innovation principles in a range of cultural and environmental contexts.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical practice
  • Social Innovation

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.

What can you do to act with integrity?

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.