Master of Construction Management

COURSE (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)

Overview

The Master of Construction Management blends innovative practice and cutting-edge research using a case-based approach to learning to provide you with specialist skills related to the theoretical, policy, evaluative and research frameworks that underpin the construction professions.

The course is ideally suited to those with a construction background seeking to upskill, as well as those who completed an undergraduate degree in a related area who are looking to enter the construction management profession. This could be through pathways such as architecture, quantity surveying, engineering, property or construction management.

The course gives you an understanding across a variety of roles relevant to quantity surveying and construction management. It is suitable for personnel involved in the procurement of built facilities as project managers, design managers, construction managers or quantity surveyors. It is also suitable for people in government departments and commercial organisations responsible for the procurement of such facilities.

You’ll work in a multi-disciplinary context to explore topics at the forefront of the built environment industry. The course is distinguished by its flexible delivery mode. It brings together a range of built environment disciplines to look at issues of true international significance in terms of procurement and contractual options, project financing and sustainability economics.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Key facts

Duration

*1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Waterfront (Geelong) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

*Students have the opportunity of completing the course in one year full-time (3 trimesters) by undertaking units in trimester 3.

Key information

Award granted

Master of Construction Management

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$27,000 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

Deakin code

S791

CRICOS code

079320J

Level

Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

  • Bachelor degree in related discipline (including quantity surveying, civil engineering, architecture, and building technology)

or

  • 5 years relevant work experience (in a quantity surveying, civil engineering, architecture or building technology environment) with a supporting letter from the applicant’s current or previous employer.

Professional Recognition

The course is professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS).

Career outcomes

Graduates will find career opportunities in the fields of quantity surveying and construction management with a wide spectrum of employers which include construction companies, quantity surveying, project management and construction consultants.  In addition, they will also be eligible for relevant positions in client organisations in the property development arms of government departments and commercial companies such as banks, retailers and manufacturers.

Graduates who wish to do so will be able to pursue their careers overseas in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Apply an integrated specialised and evidence-based scholarly knowledge of ever-changing construction industry practices in order to improve construction economics and construction life cycle management.
  • Develop and demonstrate a complex body of knowledge of construction management and practices, cost planning and control, legal and risk management in order to manage construction companies and projects.

 

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Communicate clearly, professionally and responsibly with specialist and non-specialist audiences in a variety of contexts using oral, written, graphical and interpersonal skills to inform, negotiate, lead and motivate a project team.
  • Engage with a variety of participants and contributing influences including legal, economic and environmental impacts in construction projects to mediate, negotiate and collaboratively resolve issues and conflicts.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • Apply knowledge of relevant technical tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse and synthesise complex information from a variety of sources to prepare cost benefit plans and legal, risk and environment implication analyses for construction projects.
  • Use digital technologies, including geographic information systems to evaluate and assess modelling and scenario building.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Use expert reasoning and analysis skills, drawing on knowledge and information from a range of professional or scholarly sources to reflect on, analyse and synthesise complex legal, economic and environmental influences and impacts for collaboratively and independently planning and making decisions in construction.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic
(real world and
ill-defined) problems.

  • Apply specialized technical skills and judgment to identify potential legal, environmental and economic risks and problems and recommend appropriate solutions for effective risk management in construction.
  • Demonstrate autonomy and well-developed judgement to independently and collaborative generate strategies and solutions to manage construction projects at various stages including planning, implementing, construction and evaluation of the built environment.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Apply critical reflection and use frameworks of self and peer evaluation to develop independent judgment, adaptability and responsibility for expert professional practice and / or scholarship.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Apply interpersonal skills to interact, contribute, collaborate and develop leadership skills through teamwork activities, and enhance project potential through shared individual and collective knowledge and creative capacity to optimise complex problem resolution.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • Engage ethically and professionally when working in a variety of construction management situations through concern for legal, economic, environmental and social risks both nationally and globally.

 Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course Structure

To complete the Master of Construction Management, students must attain 12 credit points.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 12 credit points comprise 11 core units (including 1 core unit worth 2 credit points) that are compulsory.

Please note that for professional accreditation purposes, students are required to complete a minimum of 150 study hours for each unit.

Core

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Legal Risk Management SRQ763
  • Built Environment Professional Practice SRM750
  • Strategic Construction Procurement SRQ780 *
  • Research Methodology SRR782 *

  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Integrated Project Information Management SRM751
  • Construction Company Management SRQ745
  • Building Project Evaluation SRQ764 **
  • Construction Measurement SRQ774

  • Year 1 - Trimester 3

  • Advanced Project Management SRM752 *
  • Cost Planning SRQ762 **
  • Thesis SRR711 (2cp)^
  •  *Unit offered in Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

    **Unit offered in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

    ^ Unit offered in all trimesters

    How to apply

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    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Tel 03 5227 8300
    Email: sebe@deakin.edu.au

    www.deakin.edu.au/architecture-built-environment

    Workload

    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, site visits and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    Offered campuses

    Geelong Waterfront

    Geelong Waterfront Campus is located in the central business district of Geelong, about an hour from Melbourne.


    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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