Graduate Diploma of Construction Management

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Construction Management

This course is an exit option only

Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeS691
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Construction Management is made up of 8 credit points of study which blend innovative practice and leading edge research using a case based approach to learning.

Deakin’s postgraduate construction management courses provide students with the understanding, knowledge and skills in a variety of roles in construction management and construction economics. The course is suitable for personnel involved in the procurement of built facilities as consultants or contractors, as well as people in government departments and commercial organisations who are responsible for the procurement of such facilities.

The courses have been designed to suit the needs of two types of graduates:

  • Graduates from a built environment and engineering background who are seeking to upskill.
  • Graduates who have completed an undergraduate degree from an unrelated discipline with demonstrable professional experience, wanting to formalise their entry into the construction management profession through an accredited construction management and quantity surveying pathway.

Students will work in a multi-disciplinary context with topics that are at the forefront of the built environment industry, such as: Project Feasibility Evaluation, Cost Planning, Professional Business Practice, Construction Measurement, Commercial Construction Organisation, Design Management, Legal Risk Management, Sustainability, Urban Ecologies and Strategic Construction Procurement.  

The courses are designed to provide the specialist skills related to the theoretical, policy, evaluative and research frameworks that underpin the construction professions.

The Graduate Diploma of Construction Management can only be completed as an exit option from the Master of Construction Management.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Minimum Standards

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

  • 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.


  • Apply knowledge of construction and property law, economics of the construction industry, and factors affecting the choice and use of construction material and techniques including economic, environmental, health, safety, social and legal considerations to suit particular design needs.

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.
  • Consistently use professional language and well-developed interpersonal skills to elaborate on and explain construction processes, and decisions together with relevant analysis when providing advice or reporting to specialist and non-specialist audience.
  • Adopt different genres and modes of communication including formal and informal modes to document details of key procedures, methods and techniques applied, and to engage, inform and provide reason advice to peers, experts and laypersons about construction management decisions.

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.
  • Use web-based resources, digital tools and technologies to find, use, evaluate, analyse, synthesise and disseminate evidence based scientific and environmental information, data and results.
  • Use digital modelling and scenario building tools to analyse, evaluate, forecast and disseminate potential impact or influences of construction concepts, constraints, feasibility, design, procurement, execution, operation, maintenance and disposal.


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.
  • Use multiple lenses including legal, environmental, health & safety, economic and social perspectives bringing to the fore evidence from leading edge research and practice to provide reasoned construction management advice with justification to clients or colleagues.

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.
  • Recognise environmental, safety and health hazards and potential legal, cost and social responsibilities and implications of construction projects including in the workplace and the types of control measures needed to manage them.
  • Device strategic approaches and techniques to plan and manage the implementation of construction projects by working collaboratively with colleagues and clients, while integrating risk assessment into the decision-making process, identifying the need for change, strategic development or change management.

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
  • Practice safety policies, compliance procedures and follow regulations when managing construction projects; present evidence collected with accuracy and rigour in a timely manner, while acknowledging the contributions made by others.

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 problems.
  • Respect opinions, value contribution made by others, proactively assist, lead, contribute to ideas when working collaboratively as a team to critically analyse, problem solve, develop plans in a manner that resolves conflicts and germinates ideas for generating sustainable processes and solutions to manage construction.

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.
  • Consistently consider contextual and background information, recent developments at national and international levels, ethical and intellectual property issues and demonstrate a framework of accountability, honesty and responsibility for professional practice.

 Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

Students must complete 8 credit points of study from the following units:

Course structure

Core Units

Trimester 1

SRM750Built Environment Professional Practice

SRQ763Legal Risk Management

SRQ780Strategic Construction Procurement *

SRR782Research Methodology *

Trimester 2

SRM751Integrated Project Information Management

SRQ745Construction Company Management

SRQ764Building Project Evaluation

SRQ774Construction Measurement

*Unit offered in Trimester 1 and Trimester 3