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Course Description

Explore the legislation and regulations that impact the functions of facility management and learn how these regulations interact in the design and operation of schools within the facilities management environment. Emphasis will be placed on emerging legislation and the implementation in the school environment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and address risk management issues through proactive strategies
  • Implement the processes involved in the pre-qualification and selection of architects, consultants and contractors
  • Accurately interpret and utilize Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) information with contracts and tendering
  • Apply the process of managing large and small contracts, including the purpose of holdbacks, substantial completion, and liens
  • Demonstrate how legislative regulations (e.g., Ontario Building Code, Fire Code and Electrical Safety Code) impact the design and operation of schools within the facilities management environment
  • Understand the implications of the Planning Act and local Municipal By-Law and standards as they apply to the design and build process
  • Apply life cycle costing and asset depreciation of building elements
  • Interpret components of building design and the synergies or interaction between building elements on operation and maintenance of buildings
  • Identify the impacts of environmental and energy requirements being considered for regulation—such as Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) construction and GREEN operations
  • Implement basic principles of project management (PM), including the PM triangle of cost, program and schedule
  • Recognize the roles and responsibilities under the Occupiers Liability and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, as it relates to operations, maintenance and construction
  • Understand the role of the cost consultant and estimation of total project cost
  • Utilize the necessary processes for effective site plan approvals and the acquisition of building permits

Course Topics

  • Ontario Building Code
  • Ontario Fire Code
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA)
  • Health and Safety Audit
  • Facility Sustainability
  • Project Management & Life Cycle Planning
  • LEED
  • Risk Management
  • Occupiers Liability Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Municipal Permit Process – Ontario Planning Act
  • Site Plan Control
  • Building Permit Process
  • Construction Management
  • Tendering
  • Request for Proposal
  • Prequalification
  • Bonding
  • Construction Act
  • Outsourcing


Assessment Item Weight
Design and Build: Project Planning 10%
Continuous Improvements 20%
Risk Management Factors 10%
School Design Features 20%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Property and Facilities Management - Design and Build
Remote Instruction
9:00AM to 4:00PM
October 31, 2023 to November 21, 2023
Final Examination
9:00AM to 11:00AM
November 28, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Course Fee(s)
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Course registration closes October 27, 2023.

This course uses CourseLink, the University of Guelph’s Learning Management System, and the video conferencing tool, Zoom. Please ensure you have the technical requirements to participate in the course.

Students will be given access to CourseLink prior to the start of the course date.

This course requires preparation prior to the first live online class. Details will be provided in the course outline in CourseLink.

You are required to attend all scheduled online synchronous (live online) sessions.

Assignments may be due after the final live online class date. Details will be provided in the course outline.

*If one or more classes need to be rescheduled due to extenuating circumstances, the rescheduled class will be held on November 28, 9:00am-4:00pm (or portion thereof) and the final exam will be held on December 5th.

Please ensure that you are familiar with the Withdrawal, Transfer and Refund policy – Continuing Education Courses prior to registering for the course.

If you are new to online learning, we encourage you to visit our Online Learning at UofG resource page.

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