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.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

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, enabling you to work confidently across projects large and small. With a strong focus on practical learning, you’ll develop the initiative and ability to hit the ground running.

Opportunities to undertake industry placements will help you kickstart your professional networks while building on your technical knowledge and skills. You’ll collaborate and work closely with our architecture students to gain a unique understanding of both disciplines. This experience sets you up for the real world and ensures you graduate with the well-rounded and adaptable skillset employers are looking for, giving you a competitive edge.

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

Professionally accredited by Australian Institute of Building (AIB), Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), this course equips you with the skills to tackle projects of every shape and size with confidence. Plus, your qualification is recognised for practice in over 50 countries, providing a global passport for work in this field in Australia and overseas.

You’ll 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
  • quantity surveying.

Learning from academic staff who understand the industry means your classroom becomes a hub of the latest ideas, techniques and approaches to construction management. You’ll also benefit from their professional networks, which means you can start building your own connections long before graduation.

You will have access to our 24/7 studio and purpose-built workshop.

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

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 32 credit points must include the following:

  • 28 core units (29 credit points)
  • 3 elective units (3 credit points) (1 elective unit must be level 2 or above)
  • Completion of SRA010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

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. Click here for more information.

Core

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Construction Finance
  • Building Safety
  • Building Materials Science
  • Construction Projects 1
  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Academic Integrity (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
  • 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).

    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 (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
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400415573 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    S346
    CRICOS code?
    080117B
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    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 - additional information

    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 classes, 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. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    You can apply to undertake a discipline specific industry placement as an elective option as part of your course. deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.

    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    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

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary 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 or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary 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.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary 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 or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    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 this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their 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.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. 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 Recognition of Prior Learning.
    Your Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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 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 eight 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 international student fees.

    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

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Why choose Deakin

    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

    As a graduate of this course you'll have completed the academic requirements for membership of:

    • Australian Institute of Building (AIB)
    • Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)
    • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
    • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

    This course is recognised for practice in more than 50 countries, so you can take your career to Australia and around the world.

    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