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SRT757 - Building Systems and Environment


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




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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 1 hour seminar per week.  

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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


Students will be able to evaluate and ascertain the salient problems occurring in building environments with respect to acoustics, energy and lighting through computational and simulation tools. They will engage in a series of case studies to examine energy, lighting and acoustic environmental principles and practical application. The unit will review and challenge students to recognise the appropriate selection of environmental systems and principles to enhance thermal, visual and aural comfort. Students will analyse building envelope materials and assemblies to respond to climatic conditions in order to reduce capital equipment, energy costs and CO2 emissions. Students will appraise various lighting concepts and their systems applied. The unit will introduce the application of day light modelling and artificial lighting installation design with specific emphasis on to the terminology and indicators of good lighting practice allowing students to make informed judgments in relation to their role as built environment professionals. Students will engage in discussion of aural environment and acoustic design of rooms in regards to reverberation times, background noise and speech intelligibility. They will be able to select suitable materials, understand noise problems and sound transmission through structures.



These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Understand thermal, visual and aural environmental principles

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


Evaluate and appraise the appropriate selection of environmental systems to enhance thermal
visual and aural comfort

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO8: Global citizenship


Apply computational methods and software to make informed judgments in relation to their role as built environment professionals

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Develop individual skills and expertise in order to contribute to team work

GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO6: Self-management
GLO7: Teamwork

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
Acoustic task Assessment report 30% Week 4
Energy task (group) Written report 40% Week 7
Lighting task Written report 30% Week 11

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

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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