Sustainable Construction - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 4
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study (35%) , Research Project (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

An examination of the impacts that construction activities have on the environment, society and the economy and how sustainable development affects the way the construction industry operates. Strategies to address the key issues of sustainability are investigated and developed.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically analyse the concepts underpinning sustainable development
  2. analyse the impacts that construction has on social, economic and environmental issues
  3. evaluate strategies that have been developed to enable construction to achieve sustainable outcomes.
  • Case Study (35%)
  • Research Project (50%)
  • Test — 3 online tests (15%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access — Continual Broadband Access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Sustainability of Buildings
3Building Performance
4Measuring Building Performance
5Energy Consumption and Efficiency
6Waste Generation and Management
7Water Consumption
8Reusing & Recycling Buildings
9Environmental Management & Environmental Impact Assessment
10Brownfield and Greenfield Sites
11Sustainability Assessment Systems
12Economics of Sustainability

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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