Course Title: Introduction to Built Environment Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Built Environment Law

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Norman Franzi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0497

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 008.08.74

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the Australian legal system. The course will focus on areas of law which impact on the construction and property sectors. The course includes practical examples to support your understanding of legal statutes and case laws.

The following areas will form part of the study:
• The Australian legal system
• Tort law
• Law relating to business entities
• Contract law
• Real Estate and Building law
• Consumer protection and competition law
• Workplace environment law

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex construction management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse construction management stakeholders
  • 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
  • Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives



Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Describe key principles of the Australian legal system
• Apply basic concepts of law to practical examples representing the property, project management and construction management fields
• Explain how the Australian legal system interacts with the construction and property sectors
• Analyse the role of the Australian legal system in the construction and property sectors

Overview of Learning Activities

Your ability to understand and apply the fundamental principles of the built environment law will be developed through a variety of classroom activities that includes a combination of face to face lectures and tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources for this course will include theoretical and practical case studies made available online and via class tutorials/and lectures.

Overview of Assessment

The learning outcomes detailed above will be assessed in this course. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Your understanding of principles of law relating to the built environment will be further developed through class activities and individual and group assignments which will include a focus on civil law as applied to the construction management, project management and property professions. The assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to short essays, reports, individual and group assignments, class tests, and exams.

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.
A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: