BLAR12034 - Building Legislation 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit develops a working understanding of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and associated legislation with a specific focus on Class 1 and 10 buildings defined in the BCA. It provides an introduction to: Statutory controls and assessment; Australian Standards and Codes; Statutory requirements and professional liability related to the building design, regulation and construction industries; and Enforcement proceedings. It will also develop an awareness of how occupational health and safety, environmental and heritage legislation interacts with Volume 2 of the BCA and will also provide an introduction to the principles of performance-based legislation.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
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 1 - 2024

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2024

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. Practical and Written Assessment 4%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 4%
3. Written Assessment 40%
4. Practical and Written Assessment 4%
5. Practical and Written Assessment 4%
6. Written Assessment 40%
7. Practical and Written Assessment 4%

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

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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: Moodle course evaluations
Appreciated The weekly Q and A sessions including the additional evening session, access to lecturer was extremely beneficial appreciate the recorded sessions /classes
Online Q&Q tutorials will continue to be a feature of all courses
Action Taken
Source: Moodle course evaluations
Forum type assessments are great, as it allows us to see the standard of work other students are producing. Great for online study. This is one thing I noticed i missed when i changed from on campus study (working more closely with friends/other students) at griffith to online at cqu, but this subject makes up for that through the forum assessment. I think one of the best aspects of the course is that the lecturer encourages us students to join a group discussion in regard to a particular topic and share our factually based opinions on the subject in preparation for the forum assessment pieces.
Online forum assessment tasks are seen as an effective way to create a social presence and provide relevant and topical assessment task and as such will continue to be part of the assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a working knowledge of the BCA-Volume 2
  2. know how performance-based provisions of the BCA are applied
  3. understand the application of Australian Standards in building legislation
  4. understand the requirements of heritage legislation
  5. understand and apply the various enforcement provisions available under building legislation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical and 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
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 10
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - Practical and Written Assessment
6 - Written Assessment
7 - Practical and Written Assessment