BLAR13046 - Built Environment 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will explore the roles and responsibilities of the building design professional in relation to the design and planning of the built environment. This unit will: Provide an introduction to the development of both urban and regional Australia in terms of infrastructure provision and built environment outcomes; Develop an understanding of the various aspects of decision making which affect outcomes for both urban and regional environments; Provide background to the need for triple-bottom line decision making in the planning and design process; Develop an understanding of the impact of how current trends can reduce the environmental footprint associated with the development of the built environment. N.B. Students are strongly advised to attempt this unit within their final year of equivalent full-time study to ensure an adequate level of entry knowledge.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: BLAR11045 Built Environment 1 and

BLAR12036 Building Design 1 and BLAR12050 Contract Documentation

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Term 3 - 2019 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. Presentation and Written Assessment 20%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 35%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 45%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 68.75% 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 ability to develop a brief and learning to apply the requirements into a concept design.
This capstone unit is an important milestone for every student as the students are provided the opportunity to bring together and demonstrate skills and learnings from previous units.
Action Taken
The assessments continue to be authentic in nature, preparing students for work as professional building designers.
Source: "Have Your Say" Feedback
This is a good "real world" unit to help prepare for working in the industry. The assessment task for this subject was interesting and relevant.
This capstone unit will continue to offer learning resources and assessment tasks that help prepare for work as building design professionals.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop project proposals based on the 'highest and best use' for a parcel of land which are compliant with a local authority's development plan
  2. Prepare a project feasibility study incorporating 'triple bottom line (TBL)' and sustainability principles to justifying the preferred option
  3. Select building materials and construction techniques which have a low impact on the natural environment
  4. Solve independently routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology, logic and ethical decision making
  5. Practice personal and interpersonal skills
  6. Use effectively appropriate modes of communication.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Presentation 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 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
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 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment