Course Title: Introduction to Built Environment Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Built Environment Law

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BUIL1247

City Campus

Undergraduate

325H Property, Construction & Project Management

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Eric Too

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0192

Course Coordinator Email: eric.too@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 08.08.78

Course Coordinator Availability: TBA


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the Australian legal system and will focus on areas of law which impact the construction and property sectors. The course is designed to be practical, incorporating real-world examples to support your understanding and application of legal principles in the context of the construction and property industry.

The following areas will form part of the study in this course:

• The Australian legal system

• Tort law – examining civil wrong and liabilities and its correlation in the construction and property industry

• Law relating to company entities and structures

• Contract law

• Property Law


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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

BH112 Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management)
PLO1: Determine and apply knowledge of complex project management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
PLO2: Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse construction management stakeholders
PLO3: Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
PLO5: Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives

BH113 Bachelor of Applied Science (Property and Valuation) (Honours)
PLO1: Determine and apply knowledge of complex property and valuation theory to your professional practice and/or further study
PLO2: Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and the needs of diverse property and valuation stakeholders
PLO3: Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues 

BH114 Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) (Honours)
PLO1: Determine and apply knowledge of complex construction management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
PLO2: Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse construction management stakeholders
PLO3: Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
PLO5: Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives 


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. CLO1: Describe key principles of the Australian legal system
  2. CLO2: Apply basic concepts of law to practical examples representing the property, project management and construction management fields
  3. CLO3: Explain how the Australian legal system interacts with the construction and property sectors
  4. CLO4: Analyse the role of the Australian legal system in the construction and property sectors


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, class discussions and individual activities.

The course employs diverse delivery methods, including face-to-face, online, or a mix of both. This blended learning approach combines the advantages of in-person interaction with the flexibility of online resources. Throughout the program, your comprehension and application of the essential principles in construction and property law will be cultivated via a range of classroom activities, encompassing face-to-face lectures and tutorials.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Prescribed resources: 

Concise Australian Commercial Law by Turner, Trone and Gamble; 6th ED. This is available through the Library page. 

Understanding Construction Law, by Jeremy Coggins, Phil Evans, Tom Davie; 2nd edition. This is available through the Library page.

Weekly learning resources that are set up and available in Canvas. 

Other resources (available through the Library page):

Construction Law in Australia (2018) 4th Edition by Bailey, Ian

The Library Subject Guide for the discipline has been included, and you can find it here - https://rmit.libguides.com/law-justice

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.


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. 

Assignment 1: MCQ Online (Weighting 15%) CLO1, CLO2
Assignment 2: Law Short Questions (Weighting 35%) CLO1, CLO2, CLO3
Assignment 3: Law Scenario Questions (Weighting 50%) CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Equitable Learning Services

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services. You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator 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 teaching staff.

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.