Master of Construction Management

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Construction Management
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes

*1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

CRICOS course code079320J
Deakin course codeS791

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

Course sub-headings

Course 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.

Indicative student 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.

Professional recognition

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

Career opportunities

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.

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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 rules

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.

Course structure


Year 1 - Trimester 1

SRQ763Legal Risk Management

SRM750Built Environment Professional Practice

SRQ780Strategic Construction Procurement *

SRR782Research Methodology *

Year 1 - Trimester 2

SRM751Integrated Project Information Management

SRQ745Construction Company Management

SRQ764Building Project Evaluation **

SRQ774Construction Measurement

Year 1 - Trimester 3

SRM752Advanced Project Management *

SRQ762Cost Planning **

SRR714Thesis (Construction Management) (2cp)^

 *Unit offered in Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

**Unit offered in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

^ Unit offered in all trimesters