- Compulsory subject credit points
- 145 Essential subjects to complete
- Elective subject credit points
- 20 To tailor your degree
- Total credit points
- 165 Your complete degree
This program can be completed in 92 weeks
This program can be completed in 92 weeks
Students must complete the following one hundred credit points (100CP) of subjects.
Measurement 2 develops a greater understanding of measurement principles and practices. Topics include trade preambles, measurement and billing of quantities for a range of trades and more complex building works. Students gain further experience in the use of computer software in preparing construction documentation.Read more
This subject develops a mature understanding of the management of the processes associated with the production of contract documents, particularly those that are integrated with cost management. There is an emphasis on emerging and innovative technologies and techniques such as complex building measurement with a range of information management tools. Strong links are developed with the construction industry through guest lectures and case studies of projects presented by industry professionals. Related aspects of professional practice are explored. Estimating from the contractor’s perspective is introduced and fundamental principles are explained and applied.Read more
This subject provides students from non-engineering backgrounds with a basic understanding of building structures and soil mechanics. Fundamental structural engineering concepts such as calculation of forces and reactions, properties of common construction materials, bending moments and shear forces are introduced. Structural principles encompassing Strength, Serviceability and Stability are covered. Soil properties are examined, and foundation systems introduced.Read more
Understanding Buildings provides an overview of the building construction process. Focused on detached housing development, this subject introduces the stakeholders and the physical, legislative, and cost factors affecting the development of a building. It investigates the parts of a building and their functions in detail, as well as the construction sequence and methods adopted. Construction terminology is examined and spatial awareness and drawing interpretation are practised.Read more
Managing complex projects involves an understanding of the processes, techniques and tools used in project management. This subject provides an overview of the discipline by exploring these systematically using the internationally recognised Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) as a foundation. Project integration, scope, schedule, cost, risk, quality, resource, communications, procurement, stakeholder and, looking forward, environmental management reflect the generic knowledge areas that combine to support successful project implementation and social responsibility. A hands-on (learning by doing) approach is adopted within a flipped classroom delivery strategy to link theory with practice and deal with project change in real-time. A key outcome for students is being able to evaluate how project managers can determine whether they have been successful (in terms of planned versus actual performance) by ensuring that the project is delivered within budget, on time, as specified, and with no surprises. Students demonstrate competency in project integration management, in particular, by preparing a detailed project plan for an authentic case study with the help of a personal 'coach' to provide individual direction and advice throughout the process.Read more
Contracts play a vital role in nearly every aspect of construction. This subject provides essential knowledge of many legal aspects of construction contracts and practice in reading and interpreting contract documents. Using ‘real’ documents and scenarios, practical contract administration skills are developed that are directly transferable to the workplace. This subject breaks down much of the complexity often attributed to contracts and will allow the student to approach the administration of a construction contract with confidence.Read more
This subject provides an introduction to building services which include electrical, mechanical (HVAC), hydraulics, fire protection and vertical transportation services for medium to large scale, multi-storey buildings. Conventional and alternative systems will be explored with students able to identify, after this subject, the appropriate services to a particular building. Students will be required to undertake investigations of systems and buildings.Read more
This subject provides students with the ability to estimate building projects. Students will be able to undertake simple building estimates and will also be able to conduct cost planning assignments. Students are introduced to the concepts of value engineering and management. Students will use a range of techniques and case studies.Read more
Commercial Construction and Engineering builds on the knowledge gained in Understanding Buildings and Structures & Materials. The environment and constraints impacting on a building construction project are analysed. Construction processes and materials common to many types of commercial building projects are examined. Processes for several ‘trades’ are discussed and construction techniques for significant components such as foundations and basements, concrete shafts and suspended floors. A range of significant plant and equipment is reviewed and other key site management issues considered.Read more
This subject covers an introduction to the current Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works used in Australia, methods of recording building dimensions, checking building plans and specifications and the measurement of necessary trades including concrete, masonry, finishes, carpentry and roofing.Read more
Students must choose forty-five credit points (45CP) of the following subjects.
Professional Portfolio (Workshop Program) is a 20-week, 45 credit point subject available to Masters (Professional) students in the Faculty of Society & Design. This subject provides students with the opportunity in an authentic learning environment to develop their professional skills for the real world. The subject encourages students to combine self-analysis and reflective learning skills with professional methodologies to expand their analytic and strategic thinking capabilities. It also provides practical experience for students to appreciate the requirements of industrial practice and develop their communication skills to improve their ‘work readiness’. Students will complete 20-week Workshop Program on campus that offers students a mix of classroom learning and practical experiences incorporating skills sessions, industry guest involvement, site inspections, projects and practical assessment pieces replicating workplace tasks.Read more
Professional Portfolio is a 20-week, 45 credit point subject available to Masters (Professional) students in the Faculty of Society & Design. This subject provides students the opportunity through situated learning to develop both their ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills in a real workplace. The subject encourages students to combine self-analysis and reflective learning skills with professional methodologies to expand their analytic and strategic thinking capabilities. It also provides practical experience for students to appreciate the requirements of an industry workplace and develop their communication skills to improve their ‘work readiness’. Students are provided with the opportunity to secure an internship in Australia which consists of a 210-hour work placement as an intern in a professional organisation. The student is mentored throughout their internship by both the Career Development Centre and a dedicated academic staff member to maximise the value of the experience. Students who wish to undertake the Professional Portfolio (Work Placement) require a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be considered.Read more
Students must choose twenty credit points (20CP) of subjects from the following electives.
In this subject, students examine prescriptive and performance-based building regulation with particular emphasis on the National Construction Code (NCC). Related environmental legislation affecting building work is investigated. Other topics include statutory requirements for certification of building works, building approvals, other statutory controls related to buildings including health and safety.Read more
This subject examines causes of fire, the spread of fire, fire and smoke development, the behaviour of materials in fires, the effects of fire on structural integrity; fire testing and compartmentalisation. Fire separation; statutory requirements for horizontal and vertical fire exits, fire resistance ratings and the maintenance of resistance by means of fire stopping materials, fire protection systems are also examined.Read more
In this subject, building failure is investigated from several perspectives. Causes of failure such as water leakage, concrete cancer and corrosion of metals are identified and described; methods for remediating these failures are explored, and the processes and methods used to determine who is liable for failure are outlined. Legal aspects of building failure, including criminal, civil and contractual issues are discussed. Building failure is examined with respect to the National Construction Code. Case studies are used extensively to evaluate causes of, and determine remedies for building failures. Methods available to evaluate failures, and to determine their causes, are investigated.Read more
Project participants need to understand the legal context within which they make decisions and perform actions, as frequently disputes can arise that require resolution and/or expert opinion. Project quality and environmental management provide a convenient instance where disputes and the need for expert testimony can arise, and are examined here in the context of project closure, including lessons learnt, standards, continuous improvement and client satisfaction. A general appreciation of international legal principles informed by case law forms an important backdrop to the subject. Practitioners must understand the limitations of their involvement in legal proceedings and be familiar with the conduct of procedures that commonly occur, including alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation. A moot court environment is used to demonstrate the experience of appearing in a formal hearing, and students are asked to also prepare or critique an expert report related to an example of ‘defective’ work or service that is the subject of a contractual dispute.Read more
This subject focuses on strategies for the refurbishment and retrofitting of existing buildings with a view to improving their environmental performance. It explores the issues of adaptive re-use of buildings, material selection, building performance and includes interior/tenancy fit out in the context of sustainable design and building practice. Relevant Australian and International evaluation and rating schemes are examined. Selected examples of best practice are analysed. The economics related to improving building performance are discussed.Read more
This subject is devoted to the preparation of a detailed technical report on a topic related to the construction/property industry. Each student selects their own topic and each pursues a different topic. The emphasis is on how to locate relevant information and how to synthesise that into a coherent, well-structured report. Each student makes an interim presentation of their work during the semester and submits a final written report.Read more
This subject will introduce students to the legal principles that apply to the ownership, use and transfer of real property. The subject will develop an understanding of the sources of law, the various interests in land, real estate contracts, and the rights, duties and obligations attaching to the ownership and use of real property. The subject provides students with a sound understanding of real property contracts, tendering processes, financial interests in land and the remedies available to enforce interests in land. Students will develop a good understanding of the various legal interests in real property and prepare them for further studies in planning, valuation, property development and investment.Read more
This subject provides an introduction to planning principles, processes and practices in Australia. It will review strategic and statutory planning processes with particular focus on key planning legislation, plan making and development assessment. The subject will examine planning at different scales from global to local area planning. The subject will provide an overview of strategic land use planning, including smart cities and sustainable development, as well as governance mechanisms for the integration of land use and infrastructure. Students will learn to navigate a planning scheme to assist them in their chosen profession/s. Through practical exercises, students will also develop skills in putting together planning applications as well as understanding development assessment processes.Read more
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