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SDCM71-314: Building Controls and Regulation January 2021 [Standard - Weeks 1-12]

General information

In this subject, students examine prescriptive and performance-based building regulation with particular emphasis on the National Construction Code (NCC). Related environmental legislation affecting building work is investigated. Other topics include statutory requirements for certification of building works, building approvals, other statutory controls related to buildings including health and safety.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SDCM71-314
Subject title:Building Controls and Regulation
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: As successful completion of this subject is heavily dependent on participation during all scheduled sessions, attendance will be monitored. Most sessions build on the content of the previous one. It is difficult for a student to recover if a session is missed. It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on any content missed and to complete set work outside of class. It is also necessary for students to engage proactively and contribute positively in discussions, analyse and case studies. The assessments are an important part of developing the knowledge and understanding required to fulfil the minimum requirements of this subject. In addition to 'remote' face-to-face contact time, students should plan to spend a minimum of 84 hours undertaking preparation/out of class work/personal study for this subject. This is intended as a general guide only for workload planning. More time may be required depending on the student's comprehension of the content delivered in class and aptitude for the subject. Please note that subsequent subjects assume the student has a full understanding of this subject - this content will not be repeated.


Prescribed resources:
  • Australian Builiding Codes Board National Construction Code Series - Volume 1 & Volume 2. Canberra:
  • National Construction Code Series - Guide to Volume One. Canberra: Australian Building Codes Board
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a sound working knowledge of key aspects of the National Construction Code and interpret relevant sections of the code as required;
  2. Communicate the roles and differentiate the operation of prescriptive and performance based building regulations;
  3. Appreciate the application and effect of statutory controls in relation to sustainability in the built environment;
  4. Apply a working knowledge of the statutory requirements (at federal, state and local government levels) relevant to the certification of building works; and
  5. Demonstrate understanding of relevant health and safety regulations and controls.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Online Discussion Online discussion 10% Progressive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Case Analysis Case Analysis 30% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Project Report § Project Report 20% To Be Negotiated 2, 3, 4, 5.
Presentation Oral Presentation 10% To Be Negotiated 3.
Written Report Written report 30% To Be Negotiated 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

This topic looks at the historical development of the NCC and how it is integrated into the legislative framework. The topic also looks at how the legislation is created, maintained and enacted.

This topic looks at the NCC and how to interpret the various languages used in the document. The topic then looks holistically at how the NCC is applied in the design and construction and construction phases.

The National Construction Code and many other pieces of legislation that are enforced by the Building Official are written as Performance Based documents. This topic examines the structure of the National Construction Code and other legislation and discusses the differences between Prescriptive and Performance based legislation. The topic also looks at how Performance Based Legislation was embodied into our current regulatory regimen.

This topic provides a detailed analysis of the Deemed to Satisfy (Dts) provisions of the National Construction Code, including practical application of some of those provisions.

This topic involves a detailed analysis of the Performance Clauses of the National Construction Code. The topic looks into how a This topic is a detailed analysis of the Performance Clauses of the National Construction Code. It examines how a Performance Solution is developed and presented, the requirements around the documenting of decisions, and the forms of evidence that are required to prove compliance.

This topic investigates the requirements for inspections of buildings. It addresses the minimum regulatory requirements for inspections and the preparation required prior to inspecting a building. It includes a practical application of inspection procedures. This topic discuses the importance of documenting decisions and identifies the legislative requirements which prescribe various reporting actions.

This topic provides a detailed analysis of the energy efficiency Deemed to Satisfy (Dts) provisions of the National Construction Code relating to energy efficiency and involves practical application of the Dts energy efficiency provisions.

This topic examines various pieces of Building Legislation from both Australia and Internationally and how that legislation relates to the role of the Building Officials that provide the regulatory oversight of the building process.

This topic expands on the previous topic and focuses on the statutory requirements that must be enforced by the Building Official.

The topic examines changes to the varying roles of Local Government across Australia in the control of building work within their jurisdictions with the advent of Private Certification. It also discusses the functions that remain the responsibility of Local Government.

The advent of private certification saw the shift of a previously government function to private individuals. The legislative constraints placed upon the private certifiers are significant but necessary to achieve public confidence. This topic examines the significant legislative requirements that control the work of private certifiers and how these constraints promote public confidence.

Approved on: Jul 27, 2020. Edition: 4.1
Last updated: May 4, 2021.