CQUniversity Unit Profile
BLSV12024 Inspection Procedures
Inspection Procedures
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General Information

Overview

This is a practical based unit designed to develop your awareness of on-site behaviour, activities, and procedures associated with inspections for both the building development and regulatory control processes for all classes of buildings defined in the Building Code of Australia. It will develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the inspecting officer and the legal rights and obligations of all parties.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
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 - 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. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
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 Have your Say

Feedback

Positive comments included that the lecturer is very knowledgeable, including examples of a practicing building inspector situations. The case studies used were very appropriate as these assisted in improving the students’ knowledge and identifying aspects that they would not have previously considered. Finally, a student noted that the unit was relevant to their current employment situation. Suggested improvements included that the lecturer provides recorded weekly lectures on each topic as some of the pre-recorded lectures were recorded a few years ago. The lecturer should have used Moodle news forum and Q&A forum more often. One student noted that this unit had some items previously covered in other units

Recommendation

Some improvement to current content, with weekly lectures being recorded, together with the use of the Moodle news and Q&A.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Formulate methodologies for carrying out the inspection and certification of residential buildings, medium size developments, and major developments
  2. Apply established risk management process to contemporary inspection and certification practice
  3. Describe the different roles of building surveyors and discuss liability issues
  4. Solve routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology, logic, and ethical decision making
  5. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills.
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
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

National Construction Code Complete Series (2019)

Authors: The Australian Building Codes Board
The Australian Building Codes Board
Canberra Canberra , ACT , Australia
ISBN:
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

  • National Construction Code (2019) Complete series is available to students online.
  • Visit the Australian Building Codes Board at http://www.abcb.gov.au/ for registration and download.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent (wordprocessing)
  • Web cam/headset
  • Microphone and camera to attend the Zoom sessions
Referencing Style

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Pushpitha Kalutara Unit Coordinator
p.kalutara@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Why inspect? The role and methodology of the Building Surveyor

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Inspection of residential developments and footings

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Inspection of residential developments and timber/steel framing

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Inspection of residential developments-wet areas and final inspection

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Inspection of medium size developments

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assignment Due: Week 5 Monday (9 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

No set activities during vacation week - please enjoy a rest or take this opportunity to catch up

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Inspection of medium size developments continued

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Inspection of major developments - high rise

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Inspection of major developments - high rise continued

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assignment Due: Week 8 Monday (6 Sept 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Risk and Risk Management

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Relevant case studies - the approval process

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Relevant case studies - the inspection process

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Role of the inspecting officer and legal rights of parties involved

Chapter

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assignment Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/ Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assignment

Task Description

This assessment item relates to the stated unit learning outcomes 1. All of these assessment items provide an opportunity to demonstrate the transferable skills in learning outcomes 4. Assessment task 1 will require you to research and answer a number of questions that explore important construction principles and concepts related to specific classes of buildings as defined by the National Construction Code.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Monday (9 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Please submit via the assessment portal on the Moodle home page


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Monday (23 Aug 2021)

Review of the assessment will be returned within two weeks of the submission due date


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

As with all assessments, formatting and presentation is really important, technical accuracy and referencing where required is paramount with an overarching requirement for demonstrating your answer / submission / design with clarity.

Your assignment should be produced in electronic format either as

  • a single word-processed document, or
  • a single pdf format document.

All submissions should be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions.

Note: participation in and submission of all required assessment tasks is a necessary prerequisite for successful unit completion.

You must ensure that all of the work is your own, in line with University requirements.

Note: you will find further support material and instruction for this assignment on the Moodle site for this unit.

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


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please submit a single Word or PDF file via the assessment portal on the Moodle home page before the due date.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Formulate methodologies for carrying out the inspection and certification of residential buildings, medium size developments, and major developments
  • Solve routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology, logic, and ethical decision making


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

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assignment

Task Description

This assessment item relates to the stated unit learning outcomes 2 and 3. All of these assessment items provide an opportunity to demonstrate the transferable skills in learning outcomes 4 and 5. Assessment task 2 will require you to research and answer a number of questions that explore important construction principles and concepts related to specific classes of buildings as defined by the National Construction Code.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Monday (6 Sept 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Please submit via the assessment portal on the Moodle home page


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Monday (20 Sept 2021)

Review of the assessment will be returned within two weeks of the submission due date


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

As with all assessments, formatting and presentation is really important, technical accuracy and referencing where required is paramount with an overarching requirement for demonstrating your answer / submission / design with clarity.

Your assignment should be produced in electronic format either as

  • a single word-processed document, or
  • a single pdf format document.

All submissions should be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions.

Note: participation in and submission of all required assessment tasks is a necessary prerequisite for successful unit completion.

You must ensure that all of the work is your own, in line with University requirements.

Note: you will find further support material and instruction for this assignment on the Moodle site for this unit.

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


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please submit a single Word or PDF file via the assessment portal on the Moodle home page before the due date.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply established risk management process to contemporary inspection and certification practice
  • Describe the different roles of building surveyors and discuss liability issues
  • Solve routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology, logic, and ethical decision making
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills.


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

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assignment

Task Description

This assessment item relates to the stated unit learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3. All of these assessment items provide an opportunity to demonstrate the transferable skills in learning outcomes 5. Assessment task 3 will require you to research and answer a number of questions that explore important construction principles and concepts related to specific classes of buildings as defined by the National Construction Code.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Please submit via the assessment portal on the Moodle home page


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021)

Within two weeks of submission due date but before the certification of grades


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

As with all assessments, formatting and presentation is really important, technical accuracy and referencing where required is paramount with an overarching requirement for demonstrating your answer / submission / design with clarity.

Your assignment should be produced in electronic format either as

  • a single word-processed document, or
  • a single pdf format document.

All submissions should be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions.

Note: participation in and submission of all required assessment tasks is a necessary prerequisite for successful unit completion.

You must ensure that all of the work is your own, in line with University requirements.

Note: you will find further support material and instruction for this assignment on the Moodle site for this unit.

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


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Formulate methodologies for carrying out the inspection and certification of residential buildings, medium size developments, and major developments
  • Apply established risk management process to contemporary inspection and certification practice
  • Describe the different roles of building surveyors and discuss liability issues
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills.


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

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?