Master of Construction Management (Professional)
Course summary for current students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted ||Master of Construction Management (Professional)|
|Campus||Offered at Waterfront (Geelong)|
|Duration||2 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|CRICOS course code||079321G|
|Deakin course code||S792|
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.
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.
The course is professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS).
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.
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.
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 www.deakin.edu.au/fees.
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.
- Incorporate specialised knowledge of construction technologies and critical awareness of the construction environment to provide a platform for sharing ideas about social built environments in urban, regional and rural communities.
- Consistently, autonomously and strategically select and apply appropriate construction approaches and techniques by using models, conceptual frameworks and decision-making processes to evaluate risks in construction environments and to improve construction economics and construction life cycle management.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 and / or scholarship.
- 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 problem resolution.
- 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
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 16 credit points include 14 core units (including 2 core units of 2 credit points each) that are compulsory.
Year 1 - Trimester 1
|SRM750||Built Environment Professional Practice |
|SRQ780||Strategic Construction Procurement *|
Year 1 - Trimester 2
|SRM751||Integrated Project Information Management |
|SRQ745||Construction Company Management |
|SRQ764||Building Project Evaluation **|
|SRQ774||Construction Measurement |
Year 2 - Trimester 1
|SRV799||Built Environment Integrated Project *|
|SRM752||Advanced Project Management *|
|SRR714||Thesis (Construction Management) (2cps)^|
Year 2 - Trimester 2
|SRR724||Construction Research Paper (2cps)^|
*Unit offered in Trimester 1 and Trimester 3
**Unit offered in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3
^ Unit offered in all trimesters