BLAR12057 - Commercial Construction

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the procedures, principles and methods of construction used for commercial projects up to multistory buildings and designated by the National Construction Code (NCC) as being within Building Class 2 to 9. You should have completed an introductory construction unit to ensure adequate level of entry knowledge. Students who have successfully completed BLAR11048 should not enrol in this unit.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: BLAR11050 Residential Construction or BLCN11033 Construction 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
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Term 2 - 2020 Profile
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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 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 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

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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: Have Your Say Feedback
Feedback
Well presented and relevant presentations delivered in a comprehensive, professional manner that maximised learning.
Recommendation
Continue to present unit material that is industry relevant in a professional and comprehensive manner.
Action Taken
Supportive comments were passed onto the teaching team.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
The case study formats used in assignments turned the theory into a more practical application of the subject material. Although I am not involved in construction and found assignment 3 very technical I still saw benefit in the way it was presented.
Recommendation
As students were in their second construction unit, a “project management” lecturing style was trialled to blend theory and practice via case study discussions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
The assessments relied too much on students who have construction experience asking specific questions in the forum to be able to obtain the information non-construction students didn't know. There was a lot of information unable to be included in the case studies due to copyright which would assist with answering some parts the questions for the assessments. The marks for each question weren't provided so I don't know where I lost marks or could improve. There are too many variables with the delivery of this unit rather than a structured question and researched answer assessment format.
Recommendation
Allocate time in week 1 to explain the “project management” style of lecturing to students unfamiliar with the method and an assessment rubric would address the marking distribution.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Best aspects is writing reports based on real life scenarios. Learning how a commercial building is constructed. Hayden was prompt providing marks and offered a lot of assistance regarding feedback and looking at drafts which was a huge help. Enjoyed listening to his practical experience. Thanks Hayden.
Recommendation
Maintain elements of report writing in future assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the functions, materials and details of the major components. the waste management strategies used and the regulatory inspections made when constructing a commercial project.
  2. Describe the temporary works, particularly scaffolding, formwork and falsework and plant selection processes used for commercial construction.
  3. Using codes and standards, assess construction documentation for constructability and fault detection.
  4. Explain acoustic, fire, health and safety requirements for commercial projects.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
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 - Online Quiz(zes)