BLAR12057 - Commercial Construction
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will introduce you to the procedures, principles and methods of construction used for commercial projects up to multistory buildings and designated by the National Construction Code (NCC) as being within Building Class 2 to 9. You should have completed an introductory construction unit to ensure adequate level of entry knowledge. Students who have successfully completed BLAR11048 should not enrol in this unit.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: BLAR11050 Residential Construction or BLCN11033 Construction 1.

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

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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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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
Lecturer: Lecturer has been very professional and understanding throughout the course. Lecturer attended the forums and replied to questions in a timely manner. Unit evaluation Would like to continue the same level of service in the next offer too.
Content and assessments: The assignments were thoughtful and facilitated learning without being onerous, boring or repetitive. The best aspect about this course is it prepares you for the real world; expanded our knowledge about aspects of construction Unit evaluation Through feedback, it was noted that the course content was relevant and interesting and the assessment items made students to learn about their environment.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the functions, materials and details of the major components. the waste management strategies used and the regulatory inspections made when constructing a commercial project.
  2. Describe the temporary works, particularly scaffolding, formwork and falsework and plant selection processes used for commercial construction.
  3. Using codes and standards, assess construction documentation for constructability and fault detection.
  4. Explain acoustic, fire, health and safety requirements for commercial projects.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Prescribed Textbooks

Mitchell's building series: Structure and fabric Part 2
Author/s: Foster, JS & Greeno, J Year: 2007
Edition: 7th Publisher: Longmans (Scientific and Technical)
City: London
Country: UK
Construction methods and planning
Author/s: Illingworth, JR Year: 2000
Edition: 2nd Publisher: Spon Press
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorStephanie Keedy (s.keedy@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: National Building Control Legislation

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

Week 2 17-07-2017

Topic 2: Project objectives, procurement strategies and construction improvement technology

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

Week 3 24-07-2017

Topic 2: Project objectives, procurement strategies and construction improvement technology

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

Week 4 31-07-2017

Topic 3: Building construction systems

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

Week 5 07-08-2017

Topic 3: Building construction systems

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

A1 Written Assessment Due Tuesday (08 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Topic 3: Building construction systems

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

Week 7 28-08-2017

Topic 3: Building construction systems

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

Week 8 04-09-2017

Topic 3: Building construction systems

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

A2 Written Assessment Due Tuesday (05 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 11-09-2017

Topic 4: Project inspection procedures

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

Week 10 18-09-2017

Topic 4: Project inspection procedures

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

Week 11 25-09-2017

Topic 5: Temporary work

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

Week 12 02-10-2017

Topic 5: Temporary work

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

A3 Written Assessment Due Tuesday (03 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017
A4 Online Quiz Due Friday (20 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title A1 Written Assessment
Task Description
This assessment item relates to the stated unit learning outcomes 1, 3 and 4; with associated implications for learning outcome 3.
Assessment 1 will require you to show understanding of understanding of the BCA/NCC Volume 1 and key aspects related to compliant building works (Q1 & Q2).
A case study is provided (Q3) in which you are to demonstrate application of BCA/NCC Volume 1 to address matters of building classification, changes to building elements, fire controls and access and egress.
Question 1 – requires students to apply learning from Topic 1
Question 2 – requires students to apply learning from Topic 1
Question 3 – requires students to apply learning from Topic 1, 2 and 3
Further information regarding the assessment will be available on the unit Moodle site.
Assessment Due Date Week 5 Tuesday (08-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Tuesday (29-Aug-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:
Clarity and succinctness of expression.
Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
Use of supporting information where appropriate and associated references.
Original thought.
Overall presentation and the ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Where appropriate the use of graphs, illustrations and other diagrams that visually support the context of your submission.
Demonstration of the core knowledge associated with this unit and appropriate application of this knowledge
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Must achieve 35% minimum in all assessments and overall unit result of 50% to pass.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment submission criteria.

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

1. Describe the functions, materials and details of the major components. the waste management strategies used and the regulatory inspections made when constructing a commercial project.

2. Describe the temporary works, particularly scaffolding, formwork and falsework and plant selection processes used for commercial construction.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title A2 Written Assessment
Task Description
This assessment item relates to the stated unit learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Assessment 2 will require you to research and answer a number of questions that explore important construction principles and concepts related to Class 2 to 9 buildings as defined by the Building Code of Australia (National Construction Code).
This is achieved by student selection of a real life case study and investigating its procurement, design and construction.
Question 1 – requires students to apply learning from Topic 2 & 4
Question 2 – requires students to apply learning from Topic 3 & 4
Question 3 – requires students to apply learning from Topic 1, 3, 4 & 5

Further information regarding the assessment will be available on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Tuesday (05-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Wednesday (20-Sep-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:
• Clarity and succinctness of expression.
• Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
• Use of supporting information where appropriate and associated references.
• Original thought.
• Overall presentation and the ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
• Where appropriate the use of graphs, illustrations and other diagrams that visually support the context of your submission.
• Demonstration of the core knowledge associated with this unit and appropriate application of this knowledge
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Must achieve 35% minimum in all assessments and overall unit result of 50% to pass.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment submission criteria.

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

1. Describe the functions, materials and details of the major components. the waste management strategies used and the regulatory inspections made when constructing a commercial project.

3. Using codes and standards, assess construction documentation for constructability and fault detection.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title A3 Written Assessment
Task Description
This assessment item relates to the stated unit learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Assessment 3 will require you to review the details of a recently completed commercial case study in Brisbane and answer a number of questions that explore important building code requirements, procurement strategies, construction principles and other concepts related to the development.
Question 1 – requires students to apply learning from Topic 2, 3 & 5
Question 2 – requires students to apply learning from Topic 1 & 3

Further information regarding the assessment will be available on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Tuesday (03-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 25 Oct 2016
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:
• Clarity and succinctness of expression.
• Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
• Use of supporting information where appropriate and associated references.
• Original thought.
• Overall presentation and the ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
• Where appropriate the use of graphs, illustrations and other diagrams that visually support the context of your submission.
• Demonstration of the core knowledge associated with this unit and appropriate application of this knowledge
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Must achieve 35% minimum in all assessments and overall unit result of 50% to pass.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment submission criteria.

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

1. Describe the functions, materials and details of the major components. the waste management strategies used and the regulatory inspections made when constructing a commercial project.

4. Explain acoustic, fire, health and safety requirements for commercial projects.

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



4 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title A4 Online Quiz
Task Description

The quiz will details will be released at the end of week 8.

The quiz will run for 60 minutes and will cover all topics and unit content

The quiz will have 20 multiple choice questions.

The quiz will be open from Monday Week 10 to Friday of the Exam week.

The quiz will allow one attempt only.

The results of the quiz will be available on completion of the quiz.

The correct answers will be available after the quiz has closed.

Further information regarding the assessment will be available on the unit Moodle site.

Number of Quizzes 1
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students On completion of the quiz.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria
The assessment will assess overall unit content knowledge comprehension.
Only correct answers will earn marks.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Must achieve 35% minimum in all assessments and overall unit result of 50% to pass.
Submission Online

Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment submission criteria.

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

1. Describe the functions, materials and details of the major components. the waste management strategies used and the regulatory inspections made when constructing a commercial project.

2. Describe the temporary works, particularly scaffolding, formwork and falsework and plant selection processes used for commercial construction.

3. Using codes and standards, assess construction documentation for constructability and fault detection.

4. Explain acoustic, fire, health and safety requirements for commercial projects.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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