BLAR11045 - Built Environment 1
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is an introduction to the impacts of the building design and construction sectors on the environment viz: Natural ecosystems including climate, hydrological cycle, basic thermodynamics, consequences of modification; ecosystem interdependency, capacity of the environment to assimilate changes; background to greenhouse concerns from the Rio Summit through to current global negotiations: social, legislative and political issues associated with modification of the natural and developed environments including environmental impact assessments; and environmental impact of development-mining and mineral processing, materials and manufacturing industries as related to the building and construction sector. This unit then provides an introduction to current activity to minimise impacts through shift to service rather than consumption based economy in the building and construction sector. This unit also requires the student to develop an understanding of requirements for regional and urban development including the legislative framework for planning control, feasibility studies, consultation and communication processes.

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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 35%

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
Content and assessments: Focusing on local municipalities also provoked interest as I could learn aspects of my local community I did not know existed. The course encouraged to look differently at areas of not only the immediate build environment but the surrounding environment to come up with more sustainable ideas and designs. The course is thorough and contains many aspects relevant to building design and urban planning that were all very interesting. The assessment tasks were also very interesting and engaging. Gained an understanding of urban planning and sustainable design, and particularly learned a considerable amount about my local municipality and their goals for the area. Assignment descriptions were hard to understand sometimes. Moodle unit evaluation Through feedback, it was noted that the unit content was relevant and interesting and the assessment items made students to learn about their environment. Noted the comment about assessment description wordings and we will take care to attend the feedback
Lecturer: Interactive tutorials were very good. Communication with the lecturer was exceptional Class discussions were brilliant, there really felt like there was a class atmosphere even as a distance education student During live sessions, the lecturer provided us with a greater depth of knowledge and presenting us with some interesting questions to think about. Moodle unit evaluation Thank you for the feedback. Glad to note that the lecturer engaged students very well during live sessions and supported students’ knowledge gain and course successful completion Would like to continue the same level of service in the next offer too.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Propose methods for improving the environmental and social sustainability of the built environment.
  2. Explain the basic theoretical and practical concepts used in urban planning.
  3. Choose appropriate design responses for particular Australian climate zones.
  4. Select building materials on an environmentally preferred basis with particular reference to embodied energy, usage and waste.
  5. Solve routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology, logic and ethical decision making.
  6. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.
  7. Use effectively appropriate modes of communication.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - 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 7
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 - Presentation and Written Assessment      

Prescribed Textbooks

The Whole Building Handbook
Author/s: Bokalders, V., and Block, M. Year: 2010
Edition: Publisher: Earthscan; in association with RIBA Publishing
City: London
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

It is possible that this book may be available online. Also, please note that it is always possible that a new edition of this (or any other) book may have been released before the start of term. In this instance, the content of the book, whether earlier or later, will be of equal value to your studies.

You may be surprised when you find that the excellent content is based on environmentally sustainable design for the northern hemisphere. Be assured that the only adjustment you will need to make when considering the use of those ideas for the southern hemisphere, is that the sun will mostly be shining on the northern facades of your buildings here in Australia (rather than the south as in these examples).

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone and headset
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 CoordinatorRemadevi Dhanasekar (r.dhanasekar@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

1.The sustainable global ecosystem

Begin work on your first assignment

Week 2 17-07-2017

2.Human activities and environmental impacts

Week 3 24-07-2017

3.Accelerated development; accelerated impacts

Week 4 31-07-2017

4. Traditional town planning - history

Assignment 1 Due Monday (31 Jul 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 07-08-2017

5.Planning theories - analysis and debate

Vacation Week 14-08-2017

Choose a site for a house for Assignment 3

Week 6 21-08-2017

6.Urban and regional development and eco-sustainability

Check local planning regulations for your site for Assignment 3

Week 7 28-08-2017

7.Eco-sustainable urban planning including services and systems

Week 8 04-09-2017

8.The construction site and eco-sustainability

Choose a plan for your site from those available for Assignment 3

Week 9 11-09-2017

9.Passive 'design for climate' and energy use

Assignment 2 Due Monday (11 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 18-09-2017

10.Eco-sustainable materials and systems

Week 11 25-09-2017

11.Review of values, reforms, limitations

Week 12 02-10-2017

12.Regulatory tools towards eco-sustainability in planning, design and construction

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Assignment 3 Due Monday (09 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 1
Task Description

Assessment item 1 - Written Assignment. This assessment item will address the unit Learning Outcome 1 and will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the transferable skills in learning outcomes 5, 6 and 7.

Your submission will be a report containing your responses to three questions of varying complexity, the focus of which will relate directly to Topics 1, 2 and 3. Full and detailed briefing for this assignment and the assignment rubric will be available from the Assessment Block in Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Monday (31-Jul-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Monday (21-Aug-2017)
Students will be advised of any adverse circumstances that might delay return of feedback.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will be relevant to the learning outcomes and topics of focus for this assignment that are listed above in the task description. However, the more detailed enabling objectives in the Study Guide that are variously related to Topics 1, 2 and 3 will give you a more comprehensive understanding of what you may be needing to demonstrate. This assessment item is worth 30% (ie; 30/100, approximately 20% of which (ie; 6/30) is relevant to the presentation quality of your submission and your referencing.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Ensure that your submissions in Moodle remain a Draft until you have viewed the TII Similarity report that will be generated.

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

1. Propose methods for improving the environmental and social sustainability of the built environment.

5. Solve routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology, logic and ethical decision making.

6. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.

7. Use effectively appropriate modes of communication.

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



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 2
Task Description

Assessment item 2 - Written Assignment. This assessment item will primarily address Learning Outcome 2 with associated implications for learning outcome 1 and will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the transferrable skills in learning outcomes 5, 6 and 7.

Your submission will be a report containing your responses to several questions, the focus of which will relate directly to Topics 4, 5, 6 and 7. Full and detailed briefing for this assignment and the assignment rubric will be available from the Assessment Block in Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (11-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Monday (25-Sep-2017)
Students will be advised of any adverse circumstances that might delay this.
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will be relevant to the learning outcomes and topics that are listed above in the task description. However the more detailed 'enabling objectives' in the Study Guide that are directly related to Topics 4, 5, 6 and 7 will give you a more comprehensive understanding of what you may be expected to demonstrate. This assessment item is worth 35% (ie; 35/100). Approximately 20% of this (ie; 7/35) is relevant to the presentation quality of your submission and your referencing.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Ensure that your submissions in Moodle remain a Draft until you have viewed the TII Similarity report that will be generated.

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

1. Propose methods for improving the environmental and social sustainability of the built environment.

2. Explain the basic theoretical and practical concepts used in urban planning.

5. Solve routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology, logic and ethical decision making.

6. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.

7. Use effectively appropriate modes of communication.

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



3 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 3
Task Description

Assessment item 3 will address learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4, and will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the transferrable skills in learning outcomes 5, 6 and 7.

For this assessment item you will need to address the requirements of a multi-faceted task that will include drawings and written content as required.

Your submission will be a report, the focus of which will relate directly to the environmentally sustainable design focus of Topics 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Full and detailed briefing for this assignment and the assignment rubric will be available from the Assessment Block in Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (09-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Return Date: Monday 24th October
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will be relevant to the learning outcomes and topics of focus for this assignment that are listed above in the task description. However the more detailed 'enabling objectives' in the Study Guide that are directly related to Topics 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, will give you a more comprehensive understanding of what you may be expected to demonstrate. This assessment item is worth 35% (ie; 35/100, approximately 20% of which (ie; 7/35) is relevant to the presentation quality of your submission and your referencing.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Ensure that your submissions in Moodle remain a Draft until you have viewed the TII Similarity report that will be generated.

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

1. Propose methods for improving the environmental and social sustainability of the built environment.

2. Explain the basic theoretical and practical concepts used in urban planning.

3. Choose appropriate design responses for particular Australian climate zones.

4. Select building materials on an environmentally preferred basis with particular reference to embodied energy, usage and waste.

5. Solve routine and unfamiliar problems using information, technology, logic and ethical decision making.

6. Practice personal and interpersonal skills.

7. Use effectively appropriate modes of communication.

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




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