Course Title: Sustainable Building Investigation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Building Investigation

Credit Points: 24.00


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: Rebecca Yang

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 3289

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.72

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisite: BUSM 4420 Research Design and Methods (permission to be sought)

Course Description

This course will develop your capacity to synthesize, integrate and apply the specialised knowledge and skills you have developed so far in this program. In doing so you will apply sustainable building concepts and research tools and methods to investigate a real or simulated sustainable building project based problem. In response to a sustainable building project based problem you will identify, gather and utlise published data and information to respond to a client problem, industry need or project organisation scenario. You will also be required to independently source and analyse peer reviewed literature. Your investigation may be based on a topic relating to your current or past professional context, or to an industry issue you identify to investigate.

Your research investigation will be supervised by a lecturer who specialises in your topic area. Your academic supervisor will advise on academic issues associated with your project selection, project design and report preparation, as well as related industry engagement. Your investigation will also be supported through your engagement in interactive workshops in which you will critically examine a range of sustainable building issues, current industry trends and current and emerging developments in the sustainable building field. You will critically examine and apply investigative design methods and data analysis techniques.

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

Development of Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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

1.Determine and apply knowledge of sustainable building principles and best practice to applied projects to contribute to the profession and related discipline

2.Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on sustainable building theory and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice

3. Professionally communicate and justify sustainable project scope, design, implementation, strategy and/or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders across a range of industry sectors

4. Apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively address the diverse needs of sustainable project stakeholders, formulating innovative solutions and demonstrating independent and sound decision making related to your professional practice and the discipline

5. Provide specific technical skills to strategically develop and implement sustainable project strategies and solutions that are responsive to sustainable building performance and enhance project value and delivery

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

1.Systematically apply an investigative strategy to execute a real or simulated sustainable building design project which contributes to innovative professional practice

2. Analyse and synthesise published data and literature, and advanced global theories, to critically assess sustainable building practice

3. Design and produce a unique creative solution to a real world sustainable building project scenario incorporating a detailed description and novel set of principles and standards for implementation by organisations involved in sustainable building design and construction


Overview of Learning Activities

The course consists of series of seminars/workshops in which you will be engaged in interactive activities and group and class discussions online and face to face. To support your investigation and project design and development, you will also engage in meetings with your supervisor who will provide you with guided academic supervision. You will also meet with an industry mentor who will provide feedback on your project design and development, and its relevance to the needs of industry.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A number of learning resources will be provided by your lecturer to assist your learning including class readings, library resources and reference lists. You will also be required to independently source published reports, data and peer reviewed journals.

RMIT Library has extensive resources for Master of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

RMIT Library provides guidance on academic referencing:

A subject specialist help is also available.

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: Individual work. Industry Project Investigation: Collect information based on desktop search or communications with industry professionals to determine knowledge of sustainable building principles and best practice to apply projects to contribute to the profession and related discipline. 15% weighting. CLO1

Task 2: Individual work. Industry Project Proposal:  Develop a proposal for the selected investigation topic. This proposal should cover background information of the investigation, detailed plans to conduct the investigation, and the contributions to knowledge and industry practices. 25% weighting. CLO1, CLO 2

Task 3: Individual work. Industry Project Report: Present the detailed investigation results should be presented in a report. 60% weighting. CLO2, CLO 3

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.