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SRT750 - Sustainable Futures


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Mark Luther
Cohort rule:

Students enrolled in S700 and S711 must enrol in campus mode





Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin, plus 5 x 1 hour online seminars per trimester.


The building sector has significant potential for climate change adaptation and mitigation. This unit investigates contemporary building design in the context of its environmental responsibilities. Building design, building structure, envelope, services, fit-out and environmental technology as well as the impact of building occupants are evaluated holistically with regard to climatic suitability, resource usage and occupant comfort.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Evaluate the influence of building design, occupants
climate and context on the environmental performance and quality of a building.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Evaluate the functionality, potentials and limitations of different concepts or systems of a building.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Holistically integrate systems or concepts considering,  project specific requirements and interactions.

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Research, synthesize and critically analyse information as a basis for assessment.

GLO3: Digital literacy


Effectively communicate environmental assessment and outcomes.

GLO2: Communication

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Poster presentation Narrated A1 poster and presentation 40% Week 5
Environmental assessment report Written assessment report 60% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SRT750 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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