Course Title: Managing Sustainable Building Projects

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Managing Sustainable Building Projects

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2017,
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

Course Coordinator: Priya Rajagopalan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2293

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 15.3.09

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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/or 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.  This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Utilise and apply advanced design and project management methods and software tools to effectively develop and manage building projects
  2. Research and critically analyse financial and property methodologies to undertake value assessments and cost-benefit analyses for development proposals
  3. Develop and professionally communicate a business project brief applicable for diverse sustainable building stakeholders
  4. Synthesize and apply value management methods to new and retrofit sustainable building projects
  5. 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 consists of: 

Task 1: Group work: Feasibility study and value assessment. 30% weighting. CLO2, CLO4, CLO5


Task 2: Prepare an Expression of Interest in response to a project brief.  Presentation (Group, 20% weighting) and Report (Individual, 15% weighting). CLO2, CLO3, CLO5 


Task 3: Individual work: Prepare assessment method and evaluation criteria for Post Occupancy Evaluation of lighting and acoustics. 35% weighting. CLO1, CLO5 

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: You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more. 

An assessment charter ( 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:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.