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Industry Partner project Studio (ABPL30044)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeABPL30044
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject was formerly known as Project Planning Studio

This capstone subject brings together and builds on an understanding of construction technologies and introduces project management concepts. Using an integrated project involving a series of studio-based exercises, students will translate a design proposal into operational construction and project management plans. A project based learning environment will be formulated for students to experience construction and project management decision making from concept through to completion. Details of project environment, construction systems, resource constraints, production processes, and management tools and methods will be explored and efficient project plans will be developed.

Students will form teams and work on assigned projects appropriately selected from the industry. Different roles in the project will be played by the teams. For example, the tenderers are to prepare a project development proposal based on the requirements of the client and then develop operational plans to implement the project. To accomplish this, the tenderers need to plan the construction project based on the development proposal, clients’ requirements and resources available. They are to estimate and evaluate activity durations, simulate and adjust construction sequences and balance resources involved. In developing the construction plan, alternative construction systems and methods will be examined and compared. Essential elements of the plan include construction equipment, temporary works and site layout. Site safety is an integral part of the plan.

The planning processes will be assisted by introducing commercial computer applications.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Understand the sequence and complexity of planning and delivering a complex building project;
  • Understand the variety of procurement processes and identify underlying considerations, particularly risk assessment for specific projects;
  • Understand the role of method statements and planning for construction;
  • Identify and analyse alternative design and construction techniques;
  • Identify the role of cost estimating and planning in design and construction solutions;
  • Identify and design site team management layouts and communication requirements;
  • Identify potential safety considerations around tasks and design effective responses;
  • Understand the inter-relations between project management functions such as scope, cost, time, quality, risk, procurement and integration management as they apply to specific projects;
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate design and construction strategies verbally and visually via a public presentation.

Generic skills

  • An appreciation of the roles of client/engineer/architect/project manager.
  • A commitment to and fundamental appreciation of, the concept of successful teamwork.
  • An ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely ideas, concepts and solutions within the project team and between the project team and stakeholders.
  • An ability to apply fundamentals along with the basics of science and mathematics to problem solving in specific scenarios.

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into the B-ENVS and the following subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL20053 Construction of Concrete Buildings
Semester 2
ABPL30046 Steel and Concrete Structural Systems
Semester 1
ABPL30055 Construction Management
Semester 1
ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works
Semester 1

It might be possible to be exempted from a subject above if it is deemed you have taken another of a sufficiently equivalent nature. You may contact the subject coordinator under such circumstances.


Admissioninto the B-DES and all subjects listed below

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL20053 Construction of Concrete Buildings
Semester 2
ABPL30046 Steel and Concrete Structural Systems
Semester 1
ABPL30055 Construction Management
Semester 1
CONS20002 Measurement of Building Designs
Semester 2
BLAW10001 Principles of Business Law
Semester 1
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL30039 Construction Contract Administration
Semester 2

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • One major group assignment equivalent to 1600 words per student (40%), comprising 8 x weekly 200 word per student submissions (worth 5% each), due between weeks 2 – 11;
  • Two individual assignments equivalent to 400 words in total (5% each for a total of 10%), due between weeks 2 - 11;
  • An individual personal learning journal component equivalent to 800 words (30%), comprising 10 weekly 80 word submissions, due between weeks 2-11;
  • A group exhibition poster and final report, consolidated from the eight weekly group submissions. Equivalent to 1000 words per student, due in week 12 (10%);
  • 20 minute group oral presentation with individual equivalent to 400 words, (10% individual mark per student), due week 12.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAndrew Martel
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 x 3 hours studios
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Prescribed texts

Subject Reader

Related majors/minors/specialisations

Last updated: 11 January 2018