Built and Sustainable Communities

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


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 5 Hours per Week

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

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22





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.

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

Courses with unit

BA-HSC1 – Bachelor of Health Science
BA-HSC1PROF – Bachelor of Health Science (Professional)
BA-HSCPEH1 Bachelor of Health Science (Public and Environmental Health)
BA-SC2- Bachelor of Science
BA-SC1-Bachelor of Science(Professional)
BA-ART3 Bachelor of Arts
BA-ART1Bachelor of Arts (Professional)
BB-HSCSCI Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Science
BB-HSCMCMN Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Media and Communication
BB-HSCBUS Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Business