This unit provides a basis for understanding the built environment and the factors impacting on the sustainability of communities. It will focus on concepts related to ecological sustainable development, the planning of urban environments including statutory controls, the relationship of environmental health to the promotion of a sustainable community and the management of disasters and emergencies, encompassing planning, response and recovery.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Discuss the principles of ecologically sustainable development and the application to the built environment
  • Articulate the history and concept of the built environment including the legislative and strategic control of urban environments
  • Examine the health issues related to housing and accommodation and how they are managed
  • Evaluate the environmental hazards arising from the built environment including noise, air, ventilation and waste disposal
  • Examine selected sanitary engineering principles and the ways in which they can be employed to resolve particular problems
  • Articulate the principles of emergency management, including the identification and response to public health issues

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 12 weeks 12
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
5.00 12 weeks 60
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
4.50 12 weeks 54


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Assignment 1Group 25% 
Assignment 2Individual 40% 1,2 
ExaminationIndividual 35% 3,4,5,6 


  • Key concepts of sustainable development, including ecological footprint, triple bottom line, health impacts assessment, healthy cities and key global polices       
  • History of the built environment, land use planning processes and strategies and their application to environmental health.
  • Air, water, noise sources of exposure, pollutants of concern, monitoring and control,
  • Health issues related to housing and accommodation and statutory controls pertinent to public health protection.
  • Waste water disposal theory:  Standards of installation, application and supervision.  Codes of practice installation standards, regulatory control emergency water supplies, water tanks.
  • Emergency Management, Prevention, Preparedness, Response, Recovery, hazard identification, public health response

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.