BLAR11049 - Built Environment Communication and Skills
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit introduces students to elementary communication concepts that are relevant to a career in the built environment. Topics include writing and presentation, basic mathematics as applicable in the built environment, interpretation commonly used in industry documentation, effective plan and specification reading and analysis, academic referencing and library skills, oral and written communication, negotiation, teamwork, conflict resolution and ethical issues. The unit develops students ability to use the learning management systems, unit profile, resource materials and study guides. All topics are discussed in a technical context with an emphasis on practical exercises and application in the built environment. The unit introduces awareness of cultural diversity and its management in a multicultural work force.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 5%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Written Assessment 25%
5. Examination 40%

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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  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
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  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
I think the maths quizzes were a great addition. Good to have that immediate feedback, see where you went wrong. Course Evaluation Have IaTD roll over all future courses to prevent the linking issues that occur when the course coordinator imports the course.
Do the research, literacy and library components before the maths as they are more relevant to other subjects I was doing so I had to do a lot of my own research into referencing and the library before we got to these topics. Course Evaluation Review the structure of the unit.
Some assessment items require rewriting. Course Coordinator's and markers' observations & Student feedback Change the written assessment to better meet the learning outcomes and course goals. Remove the essay question from the exam.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain communication concepts and strategies.
  2. Interpret and report on commonly used built environment project documentation.
  3. Analyse, design and formulate mathematical and trigonometric solutions applicable to built environment activities and logistics.
  4. Apply and demonstrate an effective understanding of academic referencing and use of software to write academic essays, communications and reports.
  5. Evaluate course resource materials including learning management system, unit profile, study guides and resource material.
  6. Appraise and manage cultural diversity in a multicultural work force.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Online Quiz(zes)      
3 - Written Assessment    
4 - Written Assessment      
5 - Examination    

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

Prescribed Textbooks

The Little Penguin Handbook
Author/s: Faigley, Lester Year: 2014
Edition: Latest Australian & New Zealand Ed Publisher: Pearson Australia
City: Melbourne State: Victoria
Country: Australia
Basic Building and Construction Skills
Author/s: Hawkins, Edward Year: 2016
Edition: 5th Publisher: Cengage
City: Melbourne State: Victoria
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note: Basic Building and Construction Skills (5th edition) is part of a three volume series that also includes Advanced Building and Joinery Skills (2nd edition) and Site Establishment, Formwork and Framing (3rd edition) that will be prescribed text books in other units of study. Although Advanced Building and Joinery Skills (2nd edition) and Site Establishment, Formwork and Framing (3rd edition) are not prescribed text books for this unit, you are advised to contact the CQUniversity bookshop (07) 4930 9421 as a discount may be available for buying these text books as a pack, rather than individually.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Web camera (webcam)
  • Computer headset (microphone speaker combo)
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent software
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorNadine Adams (n.adams@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Topic 1 - Introduction to CQU systems and services

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information.

Week 2 17-07-2017

Topic 2 - Research and reference skills

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information.

Week 3 24-07-2017

Topic 3 - Written communication skills

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information.

Assessment 1 Due Tuesday (25 Jul 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 4 31-07-2017

Topic 4 - Visual communication skills 1

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information.

Assessment 2 Due Monday (31 Jul 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 07-08-2017

Topic 5 - Visual communication skills 2

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information.

Vacation Week 14-08-2017

No scheduled study this week - enjoy your break!

You should use this week to catch-up or work on assessment.

Week 6 21-08-2017

Topic 6 - Introduction to construction calculation

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information.

Assessment 3 Due Monday (21 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Topic 7 - Number operations and algebra

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information.

Week 8 04-09-2017

Topic 8 - Equation solving

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information.

Week 9 11-09-2017

Topic 9 - Introductory trigonometry

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information.

Week 10 18-09-2017

Topic 10 - Vectors

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information.

Week 11 25-09-2017

Topic 11 - Mathematics Revision

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information.

Week 12 02-10-2017

Topic 12 - Examination and revision skills

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific readings and additional unit information.

Assessment 4 Due Tuesday (03 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Unit review/exam week

Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Assessment 1
Task Description

Assessment 1 relates to unit learning outcomes 1 and 5 and will require you to answer multiple choice questions based on topic 1.

Number of Quizzes 1
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Week 3 Tuesday (25-Jul-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 4 Friday (04-Aug-2017)
Weighting 5%
Submission Online

Quiz accessed via the Moodle portal

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain communication concepts and strategies.

5. Evaluate course resource materials including learning management system, unit profile, study guides and resource material.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Assessment 2
Task Description

Assessment 2 relates to unit learning outcomes 1, 4 and 5 and will require you to answer multiple choice questions based on research and referencing skills.

Number of Quizzes 1
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Week 4 Monday (31-Jul-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 5 Wednesday (09-Aug-2017)
Weighting 10%
Submission Online

Quiz accessed via the Moodle portal

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain communication concepts and strategies.

4. Apply and demonstrate an effective understanding of academic referencing and use of software to write academic essays, communications and reports.

5. Evaluate course resource materials including learning management system, unit profile, study guides and resource material.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 3
Task Description

Brief response

Assessment relates to learning outcomes 1, 2, 4 and 5.

This assessment is a brief response to an article posted on the Moodle site. It requires you to apply learning from Research and Referencing Skills and Written Communication Skills topics.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (21-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Thursday (07-Sep-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Your assessment submission needs to be produced in an electronic format.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions from the Assessment block on the unit Moodle site. Your submission will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may amend your work based on the detection report. You must ensure that the work is your own or has been correctly referenced to the appropriate author(s), according to the CQU requirements.

You will find further support material for this assessment on the unit Moodle site.

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Show clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use and reference correctly supporting information.
  • Present original thoughts and opinions.
  • Communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Use graphs, illustrations and other graphics, to visually support your submission.
  • Demonstrate the core knowledge associated with this unit and show appropriate application of that knowledge.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit as a single PDF file into the Moodle Assessment portal.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain communication concepts and strategies.

2. Interpret and report on commonly used built environment project documentation.

4. Apply and demonstrate an effective understanding of academic referencing and use of software to write academic essays, communications and reports.

5. Evaluate course resource materials including learning management system, unit profile, study guides and resource material.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 4
Task Description

Mathematics workbook

Assessment relates to learning outcomes 1, 3, 5.

This assessment is in a multiple question format allowing you to analyse, conceptualise and formulate mathematical solutions by applying learning from Topics 6 to 10.

This assessment will cover all of the mathematics topics. The workbook is available for download on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Tuesday (03-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Monday (16-Oct-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Your assessment submission needs to be produced in an electronic format.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions. Your submission will be processed through the similarity detection software, TurnItIn. For this assessment, TurnItIn will most likely ask you to resubmit your assessment. This is because it will not recognise your handwritten solutions and a resubmit is not required.

You will find further support material for this assessment on the unit Moodle site.

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Show logic to solve problems.
  • Use correct mathematical conventions, diagrams and other visual communication to support your submission.
  • Demonstrate the core knowledge associated with this unit and show appropriate application of that knowledge.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit as a single PDF file to the Moodle Assessment portal.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain communication concepts and strategies.

3. Analyse, design and formulate mathematical and trigonometric solutions applicable to built environment activities and logistics.

5. Evaluate course resource materials including learning management system, unit profile, study guides and resource material.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Length 150 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain communication concepts and strategies.

2. Interpret and report on commonly used built environment project documentation.

3. Analyse, design and formulate mathematical and trigonometric solutions applicable to built environment activities and logistics.

6. Appraise and manage cultural diversity in a multicultural work force.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice


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