BLAR11039 - Building Law & Regulations

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will enable you to: understand how contracting parties engage in enforceable contracts, both in respect of building owners and contractors, as well as contractors and subcontractors; obtain knowledge of how the dynamics of the contract change during the course of the building project, in respect of variations and extensions of time; become familiar with the circumstances of how contracts can be breached, the methods of providing remedy for the breaches, and of dispute resolution; consider the legal framework of government legislation in terms of the Acts of Parliament that relate to Builders Licensing, the Building Code of Australia, The Development Act and Occupational Health and Safety; become competent in the reading and understanding of building contracts, and the application of government regulations that apply to building projects.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2020

Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 5%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 5%
4. Written Assessment 30%
5. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
6. Written Assessment 30%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.29% response rate.

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.

Source: "Have your say" student unit evaluation survey
Feedback
Lectures, materials and assessments are very well organised and makes it easy to progress through the unit. Very articulate and easy to follow instructions for all assessments and weekly forum reminders also. Feedback was provided in a timely manner and all questions answered promptly.
Recommendation
Lecturer to maintain the same delivery strategy.
Action Taken
Lecturer followed the same delivery strategy.
Source: "Have your say" student unit evaluation survey
Feedback
There is some updating required in the material as to current legislation.
Recommendation
Study guide to be updated as to current legislation.
Action Taken
Study guide refers to the current legislation.
Source: "Have your say" student unit evaluation survey
Feedback
The quiz was a little confusing with some double negatives being used (did make me think about the question a little more) that could trick students.
Recommendation
Make the questions of the quiz clearer and easier to understand.
Action Taken
More clarification was given into the Quiz questions preparation.
Source: "Have your say" student unit evaluation survey
Feedback
The lecturer is approachable, most information needed for the assessments are provided. The level of difficulty of the assessments is just right. The expectations were very clear, explanations of topics and unit requirements were very good!
Recommendation
Lecturer to maintain the same delivery strategy.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" student unit evaluation survey
Feedback
It would be more beneficial if personal feedback was provided so we understand how we can improve for future assessments, rather than a general overview of feedback as students don't know where they went wrong and how they can improve.
Recommendation
Students will be encouraged to communicate with the lecturer to get the specific feedback on short assessment tasks. A post in a news forum and a quick e-mail will be used to convey the message.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Student unit satisfaction response rate is below 50%.
Recommendation
Students will be given continuous timely reminders by both the lecturer and unit coordinator to complete the unit evaluation survey.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Understand how contracting parties engage in enforceable contracts, both in respect of building owners and contractors, as well as contractors and subcontractors
  2. Obtain knowledge of how the dynamics of the contract change during the course of the building project, in respect of variations and extensions of time
  3. Become familiar with the circumstances of how contracts can be breached, the methods of providing remedy for the breaches, and of dispute resolution
  4. Consider the legal framework of government legislation in terms of the Acts of Parliament that relate to Builders Licensing, the Building Code of Australia, The Development Act and Occupational Health and Safety
  5. Become competent in the reading and understanding of building contracts, and the application of government regulations that apply to building projects.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Online Quiz(zes)
6 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Online Quiz(zes)
6 - Written Assessment