BLAR13054 - Complex Construction

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the procedures, principles and methods of construction used for complex projects up to "super tall" buildings (over 300m in height) and designated by the National Construction Code (NCC) as being within Building Class 2 to 9. You should have completed an intermediate construction unit to ensure adequate level of entry knowledge. Students who have successfully completed BLAR13049 should not enrol in this unit.


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

Pre-requisite: BLAR12057 Commercial Construction or BLAR11048 Construction 2.

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 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 66.67% 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: Students comments summary
Several students thought that information to complete the assignment questions was difficult to locate online. Some students dislike the current format with no face to face interaction with the lecturer or any of the other students. Several students preferred to have some direct interaction which they did not have in this unit. Prerecorded lectures are convenient, but some students still prefer the opportunity for a virtual face to face. It should be noted that CQUniversity does not currently offer face to face units in this degree. As suggested by the feedback, the unit was informative and several students found the lecturers to be very supportive and noted that at all times things were explained in a way that was easy to understand and helped them to learn.
CQUniversity does not offer face to face in this unit, BLAR13054. Students are aware of this as the course is advertised as online mode. However, as part of the CQUniversity internal review, this may be a possibility in the future. It may be possible to offer some ZOOM session face to face, however students have access to the lecturer via email and phone.
Action Taken
More ZOOM face to face meetings will assist students in terms of clarification.
Source: Student feedback - have your say
The student feedback was overall very positive. Some very interesting research on tall buildings, noting the lecturer’s knowledge and real-world examples and current examples and relevant to the profession. Some students suggested that more depth of topic was required, however, the suspicion is that these students are more experienced.
Given the high student feedback score ranging from 4.4 lowest to 4.8 then there was just some minor adjustment in terms of increased content for NCC and associated fire safety.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan the temporary works, particularly scaffolding, formwork and falsework and plant selection processes used for complex or "super tall" construction.
  2. Describe the functions, materials and details of the major components. the waste management strategies used and the regulatory inspections made when constructing a complex or "super tall" project.
  3. Diagnose and plan the rectification of common building faults.
  4. Explain the issues encountered by complex or "super tall" buildings including funding, ownership, design and construction.
  5. Discuss the development and implementation of innovative building practices.

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
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 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 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)