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BLAR12053 - Professional Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course introduces the student to the roles and responsibilities of being a professional practitioner in the building and construction sector through consideration of: professional ethics; personal actions and liabilities; stakeholder collaboration and involvement. This course also provides an understanding of: project management and control; financial management; construction business planning; trust and general accounts; office management; establishing quality management systems and computer usage.


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 BLAR11049 Built Environment Communication and Skills Or COMM11003 Professional and Technical Communication (before 2012 term 1)

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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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 50%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 10%

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 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.33% 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 feedback
The main themes from the student feedback were that the lecturer was engaging and helpful. The text was relevant, but the assignments need to be more aligned with the text and less weighting on the first assignment to ensure this assignment provides an indication of how students were progressing early. Some students noted that the specific behavioural language difficult to comprehend and the Moodle site was difficult to navigate.
1. Assignments will be reviewed in terms of assessment weighting. 2. Assignments to relate to the prescribed text. 3. Lecture 1 to focus on behavioral terminology. This is to be included as part of the first lecturer. 4. Moodle site to be reviewed
Action Taken
The recommendation of 2020 has been implemented in part due to the change in lecturers. This recommendation will be ongoing in 2022 by the current CQU lecturer.
Source: Have your say - student feed back
The analytical data was generally positive with a few exceptions. The general student reviews were that the unit content was very broad in the management content and associated assignments. The unit probably needs to be revamped with a focus on management from a project perspective and the office management for construction managers, designers and building surveyors. The use of multi-information platforms e.g. was confusing to students and they generally felt one source of communication provided a clearer and more direct comms.
A review of the unit with a focus on more specific management techniques associated with the onsite and the office environment management for construction managers, designers and building surveyors. Assignment to align with the change in focus and one clear line of communication for student clarity.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe how your personal traits influence your professional development
  2. describe the application of professionalism within the building industry
  3. describe problem solving, creativity and communication techniques for dealing with clients and projects
  4. demonstrate how to use computer hardware, software and the Internet
  5. describe the application of financial management principles to start, grow and maintain a practice

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
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
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural 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