BLDG 3017 Building Certification Ethics

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Payam Rahnamayiezekavat Opens in new window

Description The subject provides an overview of the ideal ethical standards for construction services incorporating the concept of trustworthiness as the only reliable indicator of ethical building and design practices. The concept of an ethical construction industry that causes no harm to end-user, client, the public or environment is explained. Students explore ethical challenges in the quality assurance mechanisms for building materials and components and reflect on their professional practice that contributes to the protection of end-users through trustworthy buildings.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Discipline Building Construction Management

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject


Only students enrolled in an undergraduate construction management course can enrol in this subject.

Assumed Knowledge

Building design processes and construction methods

Learning Outcomes

  1. Formulate an ethical paradigm to fulfil regulatory obligations as a certifier
  2. Develop solutions to defend conduct as a building assurance practitioner
  3. Manage professional relationships with other stakeholders to assure trustworthy building
  4. Facilitate resolution of non-compliance incidents in an efficient way
  5. Reflect on existing material certification schemes and construction Standards
  6. Lead others in demonstrating ethical conduct in accordance with reasonable industry norms expected in design and construction

Subject Content

  1. Understanding ethics
  2. Construction ethics
  3. Certification and assurance services
  4. Notion of trustworthy buildings
  5. Ethical traps in certification works
  6. Professional code of conduct
  7. Legal framework enforcing ethical practices
  8. Material certification
  9. Building Standards and manuals
  10. Dispute avoidance and resolution
  11. Legal case study
  12. Technology and enhanced certification


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Essay 2000 words 30 N Group
Poster Equivalent to 1500 words 20 N Group
Report 3000 words 40 N Group
Reflection 500 words 10 N Group

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)

Penrith (Kingswood)


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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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