Course Title: Managing Sustainable Building Projects

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Managing Sustainable Building Projects

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BUSM4464

City Campus

Postgraduate

325H Property, Construction & Project Management

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Priya Rajagopalan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2293

Course Coordinator Email: priyadarsini.rajagopalan@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 15.3.09


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course is focused on the management of sustainable building projects. This course is designed to enable you to further develop your understanding of energy efficient and sustainable building projects in the wider context of sustainable development. You will apply contemporary sustainable design theory and high level investigative tools and methods to investigate a real or simulated project based problem. You will apply your developed skills and knowledge to enable the successful planning, development and implementation of building projects that satisfy environmental and socio-economic sustainability requirements. In doing so, you will undertake a case study project to apply your understanding of the key factors that drive success or failure in sustainable building projects. Through your independent work and your collaboration as a member of a project team, you will also apply and refine your advanced knowledge of the processes and software tools for managing the strategic direction of these projects. This will comprise the key stages of project management from project initiation through to completion, including the use of integrated design, building information modelling and collaboration tools, which include the management of goals, scope, sustainability objectives and performance, cost, construction processes and risk. You will also identify and utilise published data and information to inform your management of a sustainable building project.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex sustainable building theory, principles and practice, to contribute to the design and management of sustainable buildings
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on sustainable building theory and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  • Professionally communicate and justify sustainable building design principles, strategies, solutions and/or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders, including across the government and industry sectors
  • Adopt a building performance and systems approach, and apply specialist knowledge and technical skills to creatively address the diverse needs of sustainable building stakeholders
  • Integrate and apply appropriate technical skills, research methodologies and tools to plan and execute professional practice and research projects, evaluate the outcomes and effectively communicate the results to contribute to the knowledge arena


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Utilise and apply advanced design and project management methods and software tools to effectively develop and manage building projects
  • Research and critically analyse financial and property methodologies to undertake value assessments and cost-benefit analyses for development proposals
  • Develop and professionally communicate a business project brief applicable for diverse sustainable building stakeholders
  • Synthesize and apply value management methods to new and retrofit sustainable building projects
  • Analyse, synthesise and apply sustainability assessment methods and knowledge of sustainable building strategies and technologies to evaluate the sustainability performance of buildings


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning in this course will comprise a mixture of online problem-solving exercises and team based discussions, and a residential workshop. The online exercises will require you to read, analyse and apply supplied and independently-sourced literature, and to collaborate with your peers. The residential workshop will include seminars, site visits, class discussions and individual- and group-based learning exercises.


 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A range of resources will be available to support your learning including learning guides and journal articles.
 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Assessment may include, but is not limited to, reflective journals, individual and/or group assignments, project reports, portfolio analyses, on-line interactive discussion boards, on-line and in-residence presentations and case study analyses.


Feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter(http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc .