Course Title: Manage building or construction, environmental management practices and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: BUIL5867C

Course Title: Manage building or construction, environmental management practices and processes

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5201 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

John Leahy
9925 4371

Peter Dunbabin
9925 4740

Nominal Hours: 150

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to manage building or construction, environmental management practices and processes as part of the organisation’s overall management system. To successfully manage practices and processes requires knowledge of current trends in environmental practices and methodologies, statistical analysis and legislative requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BCGBC5011A Manage building or construction, environmental management practices and processes


1. Prepare an environmental management plan for the organisation.

Performance Criteria:

 Current shifts in environmental legislation or regulation are analysed in relation to their potential impact on the organisation.
 Best practice and benchmarking methods are used to determine current environmental management performance.
 Project environmental obligations and management requirements are analysed.
 An environmental management plan is prepared on the basis of the available information.
 Senior management advice is sought, as required, concerning the implementation of the plan.


2. Manage the implementation of an environmental plan. 

Performance Criteria:

 Staff and contractors are informed of their obligations in implementing the environmental planning process and monitored for compliance.
 Environmental data gathering systems are evaluated, changes are made as necessary and the system is managed for maximum efficiency and accuracy.
 New projects are evaluated to determine their impact on existing environmental planning obligations.
 Local authorities and/or regulatory bodies are contacted concerning those areas of the plan where there is on-going monitoring or external overseeing.
 Information concerning updates to the environmental management plan is communicated to staff and stakeholders.
 An environmental management plan evaluation strategy is developed and managed to ensure that the organisation remains on track in the event of changing circumstances.


3. Monitor the environmental management plan to ensure that it meets organisational legal obligations.

Performance Criteria:

 Organisational feedback systems are implemented and managed to assist the conformance and management of the plan.
 Regular feedback is obtained concerning the operations of the environmental management plan to assist the organisation to meet its legal obligations.
 Where necessary, legally required auditing practices to ensure probity and accountability to legislative requirements are managed and maintained.
 Contractor contact is maintained and their conformance with environmental management requirements is monitored.
 Emergency and remediation response strategies are implemented as necessary to assist conformance with the environmental management plan.


4. Evaluate and recommend changes to the environmental management plan.

Performance Criteria:

 The environmental management plan is reviewed to identify areas which need improvements and action is taken.
 Measures are introduced to assist staff to suggest more efficient procedures and innovations to improve the performance of the environmental management plan.
 Plans are redrafted to include improvements or address deficiencies which are found during the monitoring.
 Revised plans are submitted for endorsement by senior management and procedures are changed accordingly.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students would learn through a variety of methods including class tutorials and discusssion, on line learning, site visits, dvd, research projects and demonstrations.

Teaching Schedule

Topics would include:

1. Climate change
2. Shortage of sustainable energy sources
3. Relevant legislation relating to builders
4. Meeting environmental targets
5. Monitoring the environmental impact of the construction process
6. Evaluation of environmental management plans
7. Environmental sustainable design 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed by effective management of building or construction environmental management practices and processes on medium-rise building or construction projects.

Assessment Tasks

2 x learning outcome tests

4 x project based assignments

Some class exercises

Assessment Matrix

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