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Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Build a career spanning domestic or commercial projects, from construction management to surveying, with this professionally accredited course.

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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
3 years full-time accelerated (studying in Trimester 3)

Course overview

Develop an in-depth understanding of the business of construction, from economics and law to technology. Deakin’s Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) equips you with market-ready skills for construction management, quantity surveying and property development. Work confidently across projects large and small, with a strong focus on practical learning, you will develop the initiative and ability to hit the ground running.

Undertaking industry placements will help you kickstart your professional experience while building professional networks, technical knowledge and skills. Collaborate with Deakin’s architecture students to gain a sound understanding across both disciplines. This experience prepares you for the real world and ensures you graduate with the well-rounded and adaptable skillset employers are looking for.

Dreaming of running diverse building projects with a professionally recognised qualification?

This degree is professionally accredited by the Australian Institute of Building (AIB), Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). That means your qualification is recognised for practice in over 50 countries, providing a global passport for work in this field in Australia and overseas.

You will learn to apply construction management strategies and best practices to new and existing buildings. Your education covers areas including:

  • building economics and law
  • building practice
  • building technology
  • measurement and estimating
  • project management
  • digital construction
  • sustainable built environment
  • quantity surveying.

Learning from academic staff who understand the industry means your classroom is a hub of the latest ideas, techniques and approaches to construction management – which you can then test out in our purpose-built studio and workshop. You will also benefit from our teaching staff’s professional networks, which means you can start building your own connections long before graduation.

We take graduate employability seriously, so you will be workplace-ready through opportunities for placements, site visits, international study tours, exchange and guidance from Deakin’s leading careers service, DeakinTALENT. There is also an accelerated learning option available for this course, so you can join the workforce in just three years of full-time study, if you undertake selected units in Trimester 3.

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Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 23 June 2024

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)
Year

2024 course information

VTAC code

1400415571 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400411211 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS) - Regional Access Scheme 

Deakin code
S346
CRICOS code?
080117B Waterfront (Geelong)
Level
Undergraduate
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points, which must include the following:

  • SRA010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • twenty-eight (28) core units (29 credit points)
  • three (3) credit points of open elective units (1 elective unit must be level 2 or above)
  • no more than ten (10) credit points at level 1
  • six (6) credit points at level 3.

The Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) may be completed in less than four years by taking selected units in trimester 3. This also provides for greater flexibility in your studies.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.

29

Core units credit points

3

Elective units

32

Total

Core

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Construction Finance
  • Building Safety
  • Building Materials Science
  • Construction Projects 1
  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Building Economics
  • Introduction to Building Information Modelling
  • Construction and Structures 1
  • Construction Projects 2

  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Building Measurement
  • Contract Administration 1
  • Project Management 1
  • Construction and Structures 2
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Building Cost Planning
  • Contract Administration 2
  • Building Environmental Studies
  • Construction and Structures 3

  • Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Project Management 2
  • Building Measurement and Estimating
  • Building Environmental Services
  • plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Project Planning and Scheduling
  • Project Management 3
  • Quantity Surveying Practice
  • plus one elective unit (one credit point)


    Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Contract Administration 3
  • Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Construction Research
  • plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Year 4 - Trimester 2

  • Building Development Appraisal
  • Construction Research Thesis (2 credit points)
  • Built Environment Integrated Research
  • Accelerated program

    The Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) may be taken as an accelerated program. By taking selected units in Trimester 3 the course can be completed in three years instead of four.

    Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Construction Finance
  • Building Safety
  • Building Materials Science
  • Construction Projects 1
  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Building Economics
  • Introduction to Building Information Modelling
  • Construction and Structures 1
  • Construction Projects 2
  • Year 1 - Trimester 3

  • Project Management 1
  • plus three elective units


    Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Building Measurement
  • Contract Administration 1
  • Project Management 2
  • Construction and Structures 2
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Building Cost Planning
  • Contract Administration 2
  • Building Environmental Studies
  • Construction and Structures 3
  • Year 2 - Trimester 3

  • Building Measurement and Estimating
  • Project Planning and Scheduling
  • Project Management 3
  • Quantity Surveying Practice

  • Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Contract Administration 3
  • Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Construction Research
  • Building Environmental Services
  • Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Building Development Appraisal
  • Construction Research Thesis (2 credit points)
  • Built Environment Integrated Research
  • Electives

    Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Workload

    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include lectures, seminars, workshops, 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.

    Participation requirements

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    You can apply to undertake a discipline specific industry placement as an elective option as part of your course. Explore the SEBE WIL program.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you’re currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 prerequisite subjects

    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL

    ATAR

    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    Vocational education

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
    • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and have not undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter – it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in Accounting, Business Management, Economics, any English, any Mathematics or any Science equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 10 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2024 students (PDF, 793KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $9,011 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of 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 on our Current students fees website.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    Entry pathways

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    Contact information

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    Careers

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Graduate ready to work in an industry where collaboration is key to success

    Access our studio and workshop for hands-on learning

    #1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction*

    Learn from academics with industry experience

    Career outcomes

    As a Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) graduate, you'll find career opportunities in roles including:

    • construction manager
    • contract administrator
    • estimator
    • project manager
    • quantity surveyor.

    Professional recognition

    This course is professionally accredited by industry.  As a graduate of this course you will have completed the academic requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB), the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is recognised for practice in more than 50 countries, providing a global passport for work in this field in Australia and overseas.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Develop a broad and coherent knowledge of construction materials, structures, construction practices, estimating, cost planning, regulatory, legal, construction economics and construction management frameworks to manage construction projects. Integrate knowledge of technology, management, economics, regulatory and legal systems in implementing a construction project from small residential to large complex and high-rise buildings. Integrate well-developed knowledge of contextual factors that impact on construction management including regulatory requirements, industry environment, professional practice and sustainability to finalise construction management decisions. Acquire and apply research skills to initiate and formulate a research plan and undertake research that contributes to scholarly knowledge, based on current research directions.

    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.

    Digital literacy

    Utilise a range of digital technologies including building information modelling to locate, select, analyse, use, evaluate, and disseminate a variety of information.

    Critical thinking

    Use critical and analytical thinking and judgment to identify and evaluate appropriate principles and procedures in technology, law, management and economics for construction projects.

    Problem solving

    Apply analytical thinking and judgment to make decisions to identify a variety of problems and recommend solutions related to technology, law, management and economics for construction projects. Generate solutions to construction management problems using a framework of accountability and professional practice in the construction industry environment.

    Self-management

    Use appropriate strategies including reflective evaluation to develop independence and demonstrate responsibility for professional learning.

    Teamwork

    Work in multidisciplinary teams and develop leadership skills to manage construction projects and use appropriate team processes to collaborate, communicate, and negotiate solutions.

    Global citizenship

    Engage ethically and productively with diverse stakeholders, communities and cultures in the global construction industry.

    Approved by Faculty Board 27 June 2019

    *Year on year, our undergraduate students are the most-satisfied students of all Victorian universities. Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2022 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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