Master of Construction Management (Professional)

COURSE (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)

Overview

The Master of Construction Management (Professional) provides you with specialised skills related to the theoretical, evaluative and research frameworks that underpin the construction professions.

Students will be challenged to stretch their thinking in a supportive environment and instilled with the motivation to be independent learners in their career.

You’ll work in a multi-disciplinary context to explore topics that are at the forefront of the built environment industry, including Project Feasibility Evaluation, Cost Planning, Professional Business Practice, Construction Measurement, Commercial Construction Organisation, Design Management, Legal Risk Management, Sustainability and Strategic Construction Procurement.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Key facts

Duration

2 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

Key information

Award granted

Master of Construction Management (Professional)

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

S792

CRICOS code

079321G

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

As a graduate of this course, you will find career opportunities in the fields of quantity surveying, project management and construction management with a wide range of employers, including construction companies and consultancies. You will also be qualified for relevant positions in client organisations, in the property development arms of government departments, and in commercial companies such as banks, retailers and manufacturers.

Construction management professionals are generally highly mobile and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accreditation provides an immediate, readily recognised international qualification. Graduates who wish to do so will be able to pursue their careers in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.  This course is relevant to experienced mid career construction professionals who are seeking to extend themselves into future leadership positions within the industry. 

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.

  • Integrate broad and specialist knowledge of construction management practices in the industry and advocate sustainable management of social built environments in urban, regional and rural communities through professional practice.
  • 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.
  • Apply knowledge of digital technologies for modelling and scenario building, including geographic information systems to evaluate and assess various scenarios for disseminating relevant analysis to clients.

 

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 professionalism, 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 (Professional), students must attain 16 credit points.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 16 credit points of study which must include the following.

Core

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Introduction to Work Placement STP710 (0 credit point unit)
  • 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 2 - Trimester 1

  • Built Environment Integrated Project SRV799 *
  • Advanced Project Management SRM752 *
  • Thesis SRR711 (2cps)^

  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

     

  • Sustainable Futures SRT750
  • Cost Planning SRQ762 **
  • Choose one of the following:

  • Construction Research Paper SRR724 (2cps)^

  • Construction Management Practice SRM777 (2cps)**~


  • *Unit offered in Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

    **Unit offered in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

    ~ Must have successfully completed STP710 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

    ^ Unit offered in all trimesters

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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.

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    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.

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    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

    Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

    Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

    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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