Master of Construction Management (Professional)

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Construction Management (Professional)
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)
2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$33,280 for 1 yr full-time AUD
CRICOS course code079321G
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code S792
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course 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.

Professional recognition

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

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

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.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Career opportunities

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 rules

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.

Course structure

Core

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 2 - Trimester 1

SRV799Built Environment Integrated Project *

SRM752Advanced Project Management *

SRR711Thesis (2cps)^


Year 2 - Trimester 2

SRT750Sustainable Futures

SRQ762Cost Planning **

SRR724Construction Research Paper (2cps)^

 

*Unit offered in Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

**Unit offered in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

^ Unit offered in all trimesters


Income support

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.

Alternate exits

Entry requirements - general

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. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience.

International students must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

  • 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.

Closing dates

Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning in your application. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

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.