Introduction to the Built Environment

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to the Built Environment

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, Design Management, Environmental Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This unit is designed for construction/built environment/architecture study majors

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Description
    This is a core first-year subject in the Bachelor of Construction Project Management. The subject provides an introduction to the construction and property markets and the property development process in the built environment. The field of construction project management is explained and typical professional career paths and opportunities within this field are examined. The role and regulation of the various property development professionals are explored with a focus on the role of clients/developers, contractors, designers, engineers, project managers, construction managers, quantity surveyors and other project consultants. Students are given an overview of the nature and structure of the construction industry, procurement systems and the main issues and challenges facing the industry. Students are introduced to the main forms of documentation used in the industry. The fundamentals of report writing, academic writing and professional communication are also incorporated in the subject.
     
    Subject objectives
    On successful completion of this subject students will have achieved the following:
     
    1. outline the structure of the property and construction industries and identify the main issues and challenges facing these industries
    2. identify and describe the main stakeholders in the property and construction industry and define the respective roles of property and construction professionals
    3. identify and discuss the regulatory and governance frameworks of property and construction professionals and be able to outline the remedies available to consumers who engage professionals in these disciplines
    4. identify and provide examples of the various interests, titles and functions of property
    5. outline the basic methods of assessing the value of property and fractional interests in property and be able to assess and calculate these interests
    6. read, interpret and discuss the main forms of documentation used in the property/construction industry including leases, contracts and agency agreements
    7. engage in the property development process and make basic decisions in the assessment and feasibility of development projects.
    This subject also contributes to the faculty's five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (see 'Graduate Attribute Development') through the following course intended learning outcomes:
     
    Ability to identify ethical issues and concerns (A.1)
    Ability to apply informed sound ethical judgments in professional contexts (A.3)
    Ability to effectively apply a variety of communication skills and technologies in professional contexts (C.1)
    Ability to work effectively in project teams in professional contexts (C.2)
    Ability to foster team relationship building (C.3)
    Openness to consideration of creative and innovative ideas (I.1)
    Ability to understand and operate effectively within the social, legal and technical framework of the design and construction process (P.01)
    Ability to apply the body of knowledge underpinning construction project management practice (P.02)
    Ability to appreciate changing methods of project procurement, advances in construction technology and new developments in digital technologies (P.07)
    Ability to identify efficiencies in the sustainable deployment and management of resources (P.08)
    Ability to engage in critical and reflective thinking in built environment contexts (R.1)
    Ability to engage in independent research and self-motivated learning (R.2)
    Ability to effectively engage critical and independent thinking in the interpretation of theory and its practical application (R.3)
    Ability to apply research to facilitate critical thinking and problem solving processes (R.4)
    Ability to source, evaluate and use information within defined parameters (R.5)
    Teaching and learning strategies
    The learning activities in this subject involve a variety of face-to-face lectures, tutorials, online teaching, independent research and examination. Emphasis is placed on student pre-reading of subject material with lectures providing an overview of this material and discussion of key issues. Regular guest lectures from industry practitioners will be utilised to demonstrate current practical applications of subject content. The tutorial program utilises pre-reading quizzes, case studies, student group work, student presentations and experiential exercises to link theory and application. Independent research will involve students researching a topic and writing an academic report that will include personal critique and evaluation. A formal examination will be utilized to assess student understanding of the subject content. This will be complemented by independent student reading. Students are further supported through the use of UTS Online to provide a variety of teaching and learning materials.
     
    Content
    Overview of the construction/property industry
    The Global Construction Industry
    Construction Project Management
    Industry stakeholders and the role of construction/property professionals
    The property development process and regulatory frameworks
    The design and construction process and regulatory frameworks
    Industry documentation
    Project procurement systems
    Professional Career Paths & Opportunities
    Professional/Industry associations
    Academic Research and Report Writing
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Class Work (Individual) - Class Quizzes, Group Work, Presentations & Tutorial Exercises
    Objective(s):
    This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
     
    1, 2 and 3
     
    This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):
     
    C.1, C.2, C.3 and I.1
     
    Type: Quiz/test
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 20%
    Assessment task 2: Academic Report (Individual) - Academic Report on the Construction Industry
    Objective(s):
    This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
     
    4, 5, 6 and 7
     
    This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):
     
    A.1, C.1, P.02, P.07, R.1, R.2, R.4 and R.5
     
    Type: Report
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 30%
    Assessment task 3: Formal Exam - Closed Book Examination
    Intent:
    3 hour closed book examination covering all subject content.
     
    Objective(s):
    This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:
     
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
     
    This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):
     
    A.1, A.3, P.01, P.02, P.07, P.08, R.1 and R.3
     
    Type: Examination
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 50%

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