Built and Sustainable Communities

PEH20004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

Aims and objectives

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.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Discuss the principles of ecologically sustainable development and the application to the built environment
2. Articulate the history and concept of the built environment including the legislative and strategic control of urban environments
3. Examine the health issues related to housing and accommodation and how they are managed
4. Evaluate the environmental hazards arising from the built environment including noise, air, ventilation and waste disposal
5. Examine selected sanitary engineering principles and the ways in which they can be employed to resolve particular problems
6. Articulate the principles of emergency management, including the identification and response to public health issues