BLAR13044 - Building Systems and Services 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The unit provides an introduction to: energy management systems and strategies for non-residential buildings; ventilation Strategies-principles of air-conditioning and ventilation systems including an understanding of flow analysis for natural ventilation; plant and ducting requirements for air conditioning installations; fire services for commercial class buildings under the Building Code of Australia; communications and security systems in non-residential buildings; storage requirements for fuels such as gas and diesel; transportation systems including escalators and moving walk-ways, lifts (electric and electro-hydraulic) including safety and regulation issues; and building services maintenance and management strategies and procedures. Students will develop an understanding of energy, ventilation and fire safety strategies for commercial class buildings (as designated in the Building Code of Australia). In addition students will be introduced to communications, transportation and services maintenance requirements for buildings. N.B. Students should have completed introductory studies in building services to ensure an adequate level of entry knowledge.


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

Prereq: BLAR11043 or [BLAR12001 & BLAR12005]

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 1 - 2024 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 5%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 5%
4. Written Assessment 30%
5. Written Assessment 5%
6. Written Assessment 35%

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 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 48.15% 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 Feedback
The Moodle site can sometimes be complicated to navigate and keeps changing each term.
The Moodle site will continue to develop to keep the unit up to date, but standard functions including the Q&A, discussion board and grades remain the same. Students should ask the lecturer for clarification in week one of the term. Moodle is undergoing a major redesign towards a simplified week by week tiled structure.
Action Taken
This unit has been refreshed to the new moodle design that has improved student navigation and ease of use.
Source: Unit Coordinator
Assessments are complex with six in total, three being minor but with many hurdles.
Consideration to simplifying assessment with improved transparency.
Action Taken
The assessments will remain unchanged at six. However, the lecturer will provide more direct guidance to students on the importance of the lower-scored tasks.
Source: Student
Assessment tasks were lengthy, shorter responses to answer questions would have been appreciated.
The assessments will remain unchanged in length and number as these have produced very good results for students over past offerings.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. discuss the concept of Energy Management, the associated economic assessment and the importance of Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS)
  2. understand the principles of air conditioning and ventilation systems, flow analysis for natural ventilation and the plant and ducting requirements for air conditioning installations
  3. discuss fire detection and alarm systems and fire suppression systems with respect to the relevant codes and standards
  4. discuss the basic elements of a communication system and the basic elements of a security system
  5. discuss the storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
  6. discuss the types, functions and regulations concerning lifts, escalators, and moving walkways
  7. discuss the importance of maintenance in terms of function, procedures and operations

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Written Assessment
6 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
5 - Written Assessment
6 - Written Assessment