BLAR13042 - Building Sector Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit comprises seven key topics covering the development of Australia's design and construction industry, Government and private sector roles in managing Australian construction industry and emerging trends applied to the construction industry.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
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 3 - 2023

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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. Research Proposal 5%
2. Written Assessment 45%
3. Report 35%
4. Presentation 15%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 77.78% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 50.00% 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: Student Unit Teaching Evaluations (SUTE) Unit Comments.
Consider the restructuring the assessment tasks.
Set up an updated Unit proposal to restructure the assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Introduced a new assessment structure condensing to four assessment tasks from seven assessment tasks previously.
Source: Verbal feedback received by the students during the class.
Students found research assessment was an excellent way to identify the current building and construction problems.
The same research assessment strategy, allowing students to find an industry problem to research, will be continued for the future delivery of the unit.
Action Taken
The same delivery strategy was adopted.
Source: The lecturer conversation with the students.
The lecturer continuously encourage students to publish their research report in external sources. He also encourages students to be active researchers by enrolling into a part time or full time research program.
Two past students have already published two conference papers from their research reports. One past student is a PhD at the School of Engineering and Technology, CQUniversity. Another student has expressed her interest in conducting a PhD after graduation in 2022. Therefore, the same communication will be followed up with future students.
Action Taken
The lecturer followed continuous conversation with the students regarding how to become research active.
Source: Student Unit Teaching Evaluations (SUTE)
The unit is well structured and delivered in a great manner.
It is recommended to adopt the same delivery strategy. Furthermore, the unit will provide more useful learning materials in the context of high-level planning aspects of Australian building and construction industry as well as research focused.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit Teaching Evaluations (SUTE)
Students require assistance in selecting a research topic.
The unit requires students to choose a topic relating to the building and construction sector. So far, the unit has not been restricted to one problem area or topic but is open to problems students are passionate about solving in their current workplace or the construction industry. It is recommended to explain further selecting a research topic related to the context of the research focus.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the development of Australia's Design and Construction industry
  2. Review and analyze the importance of Australian government and private sector roles to manage Australian construction industry
  3. Analyze and discuss emerging trends in areas of best industry practices, including innovation/ cutting edge technology, information technology, business improvement, networks and alliances, procurement, asset management, the environment, regulatory reform and intellectual improvement
  4. Research critical industry problems and find solutions to fix them.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Research Proposal
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Report
4 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
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