Construction Health & Safety & Sustainable Buildings

An introduction to the legal and regulatory health and safety requirements on construction sites, the design and construction principles of sustainable buildings, and sustainable building rating systems.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.



Building and Construction

Course planning information

Course notes

All students MUST hold a current ‘Site Safe Foundation Passport - Building Construction’ prior to their visit to any construction site for monitoring exercise. There will be an external Site Safe workshop run at the commencement of the semester which all internal students will be expected to enrol in. The certificate issued after successful completion of this workshop permits students to visit construction sites. All students MUST provide their own hard hat with chin strap, high visibility vest, and steel capped shoes, to be worn for all site visits (construction monitoring assignments). All students MUST have their own digital camera (camera, smartphone or tablet) to take photos during site visits for the construction monitoring assignment.

Students must complete all assessments and achieve 40% minimum in each assessment piece. Students must complete the Site Safe training course and pass the Site Safe Certificate unless they already hold a current Site Safe Certificate.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Apply legal and regulatory principles and responsibilities to health and safety issues on construction sites.
  • 2 Apply appropriate health and safety practices to resolve issues and meet compliance requirements in the construction industry.
  • 3 Discuss the principles of sustainable building design and construction.
  • 4 Use a sustainable building rating tool for a small scale building.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 2 0%
Written Assignment 3 4 30%
Written Assignment 1 2 30%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 40%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

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