BLAR11043 - Building Systems and Services 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce building ergonomics, including its effects on human performance and comfort; "universal access" design considerations; and engineering services associated with residential, low rise commercial and industrial building projects. Using industry regulations, standards and codes of practice, students will examine the principles of building services requirements, installation, operation and maintenance relating to: energy usage and needs; natural, extractive and air conditioning ventilation; natural and artificial lighting; security and communications, hydraulic service supply and disposal systems; fire protection; and acoustics.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 31.25% 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: Thematic analysis of student feedback and Unit Coordinators observations
The students are satisfied with all aspects of the unit as a result of the practicing lecturer's current professional knowledge and support.
The professional practicing lecturers' experience and currency shall be supported and encouraged.
Action Taken
The lecturer has continued to update the unit materials reflecting developing practice etc.
Source: Student Feedback
One student stated that the lectures needed to be more interactive.
It will be clarified that the tutorials provide the student with the opportunity for individual interaction after the lecture has been given.
Action Taken
Source: Student Feedback
One student advised that the lecturer needs to change how the online class is delivered. Just reading the slides is not conducive to learning and quite boring
Although not a widely held issue, the lecturer has been made aware of the feedback.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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