Sustainable Development

10 Units

Develop the students understanding of the concept of sustainable development with an approach to the planning, design, construction and management of buildings and cities within minimum environmental impact.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Architecture and Built Environment
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Understand the principles of building construction and issues of sustainable development in the context of urban development
  • Deal with the sustainability issues with practical applications of techniques or tools which seek to improve environmental performance
  • Formulate a framework for decision making that would improve the sustainability of an urban development
  1. Introduction to basic knowledge in building construction, concepts of sustainability and sustainable development
  2. Climate change and the urban environment
  3. Land use and transportation
  4. Energy/Greenhouse gas emissions
  5. Water management
  6. Resources and waste management
  7. Biodiversity
  8. Green/sustainable buildings and communities
  9. Performance measures of sustainable development
  10. Case study and lessons from new development
  11. Case study and lessons from green retrofitting and refurbishment
Replacing Course(s) ARBE6311
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 1 - Report on principles of building construction and sustainability issues
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 2 - Case study project on the analysis of a sustainable urban development
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution - Weekly Review
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for ARBE63121

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