Graduate Diploma of Construction Management

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Construction Management
Campus

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

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

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. 

Communication

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.

Digital literacy

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.

Critical thinking

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.

Problem solving

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.

Self-management

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

Teamwork

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.

Global citizenship

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 27 July 2017

Course rules

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

Course structure

Core Units

Trimester 1

STP050Academic Integrity (0 credit points)

SRM750Built Environment Professional Practice

SRQ763Legal Risk Management

SRQ780Strategic Construction Procurement *

SRR782Research Methodology *

Trimester 2

SRM751Principles of Building Information Modelling

SRQ745Construction Company Management

SRQ764Building Project Evaluation

SRQ774Construction Measurement

*Unit offered in Trimester 1 and Trimester 3