BLCN29002 - Construction Land Planning and Building Legislation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In Construction Land Planning and Building Legislation, you will be introduced to the general requirements of statutory legislation, standards and codes related to land use planning and construction. You will learn about the connection between planning legislation and building legislation. You will identify and describe the difference between prescriptive and performance-based statutory instruments and how these forms of legislation are applied in the construction industry. You will examine the legal connection between the National Construction Code (NCC) and the requirement for compliance with the referenced Australian Standards. Relevant Australian Standards will be reviewed to develop a complete understanding of the legal obligations required to achieve compliance under building legislation, standards and codes.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
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 2 - 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 Postgraduate 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. Project (research) 40%
2. Project (applied) 40%
3. In-class Test(s) 20%

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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 16.67% 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: N/A
No previous feedback provided as this was the first time this unit was conducted.
Review assignments for clarity and precision of outcomes.
Action Taken
The assignment was amended in 2023, and further amendments are proposed for 2024. This will provide clarity to students' lack of understanding of the Australian legislative framework.
Source: Student feedback from evaluations and student class discussions.
Numerous students commented that the lecturer was a wealth of knowledge.
The comprehensive and industry-based knowledge of the lectures will be continued to support students' learning.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback from evaluations and student class discussions.
A student commented that there was too much reading of the slides.
The reading from lecture slides will be reduced and the lecturer will encourage content discussions with students.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse statutory planning and building control legislation relevant to formulating compliant development proposals for complex projects
  2. Synthesise and evaluate statutory planning and building control legislation to enable the implementation of complex construction projects
  3. Evaluate and interpret the statutory, environmental and societal influences that inform planning theory and land use patterns including urban expansion, consolidation and renewal
  4. Demonstrate expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility to solve complex problems using cognitive, technical and creative skills.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Project (research)
2 - Project (applied)
3 - In-class Test(s)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8