Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Environmental Sustainability in Construction

CSM80002  12.5 Credit Points
One Semester or equivalent
Contact hours
48 Hours


PG Civil, Construction Management: Nil.
UG Civil/Engineering: 250 credit points 


Aims and learning outcomes

The aim of this unit is to impart environmental sustainability related learning outcomes essential for construction industry. 

Students who successfully complete this unit should be able to:

  1. Describe the basic concepts of sustainability, sustainable development and sustainable construction
  2. Recognize the international, national and local regulation developments in the area of sustainability
  3. Appreciate the causes and effects of climate change
  4. Describe the effects of energy usage on greenhouse gas production and relevance of energy efficiency in buildings
  5. Demonstrate a functional knowledge of formulating and specifying practical measures for environmental sustainability that can be implemented in design and construction
  6. Apply sustainability techniques and appreciate their scopes and limitations

Unit information in detail

– Learning and teaching structures, content, assessment and general skill outcomes.

Learning and teaching structures

Activity Total Hours Hours per Week Teaching Period Weeks
Problem Solving 48 contact hours for Lectures and Tutorials 8 hours Weeks 1 to 6


  • Basic Concepts:
    • Terminology
    • International Developments
    • National Developments
  • Sustainability Issues:
    • Climate Change
    • Energy, Resources and Materials
    • Indoor Environment
    • Quality of Building Services
    • Outdoor Environment
  • Implementation:
    • Policies
    • Design Issues


Tasks and Details Individual or Group Weighting Assesses attainment
of these ULOs
Problem Packages (5 x Worksheets, Presentations)  Individual and Group  30%  1,2,3,4,5,6 
Problem Packages
(5 x Reflection Journals)
Individual 10%  1,2,3,4,5,6 
Sustainable Community Retrofit Project  Group 60%  1,2,3,4,5,6 

Minimum requirements to pass this Unit

As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, a postgraduate student must have achieved:

  1. an aggregate mark for the unit of 50% or more, including
  2. at least 40% in the final exam (if applicable)

Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirement (ii) will receive a maximum of 44% as the total mark for the unit and will not be eligible for a conceded pass.

General skill outcomes

During this unit, students will receive feedback on the following key generic skills:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilize a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the construction practitioners, and the need for sustainable development
  • Understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and commitment to them
  • Expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning, and capacity to do so.

Study resources

– Resources and reference material.

Resources and reference material

Basic learning material will be uploaded in the Blackboard. Further information will be announced in the Blackboard and/ or conveyed by the concerned teaching staff – Dr. Jibril Bamgbade.