The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course explores the modern built environment through the impact of construction and design decision-making at a global, national and local level. Elements of evaluation, assessment and rating for sustainable and resilient buildings and communities, environmental management integrated with the issues of cultural heritage protection, and management and theory.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

BCA Singapore

  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the development of and need for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

2. Appreciate the relationship between the Sustainable Development Goals and Improving the built environment in Australia

3. Address a sustainability issue/s in the built environment with an appropriate solution/s and relate to Sustainable Development Goal/s

4. Make decisions about the retention of cultural heritage adopting current practices and relate to Sustainable Development Goal/s

5. Express in written media supported by an appropriate referencing technique


  • Introduction to, discussion of and debate of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Applicability of the SDGs to the design and construction of the future built environment
  • Evaluation for sustainable urban planning, design and construction to support the SDGs
  • Introduction to building/urban environmental evaluation/rating/assessment tools
  • Environmental management principles in the construction industry
  • Applicability of the SDGs to the protection and conservation of the historic environment
  • The role of cultural heritage in environmental protection in Australia
  • Introduction to cultural heritage protection and the Burra Charter
  • Significance, authenticity, tangible and intangible values in cultural heritage classification
  • Principles of cultural heritage management

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quiz

Report: Professional Report

Essay: Short Essay

Contact hours

BCA Singapore, Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.