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Design Management (ABPL90370)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90370
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Design Management has developed an increasingly important role within the construction industry since the development of new project acquisition methods from the 1990s onwards. These recognise the importance of the integration of the design and construction processes, the emergence of the project management profession as well as the more specialised role of architects and engineers. This industry role, to coordinate a team of people within a defined framework with agreed goals to achieve a desired design outcome, has evolved within various organisational settings such as architectural and engineering practices, project management consultancies and construction contracting companies. The organisation of the design effort to produce a set of deliverables that achieve the functional, financial and time requirements expected by the relevant key stakeholders is at the core of the design manager’s role. This subject will investigate these roles and responsibilities within the different organisational environments and throughout the project’s lifecycle. In addition, the unique stakeholder relationships and expectations of the design manager acting on behalf of the client, consultant or contractor will be explored and a design management plan developed for a contemporary commercial building project.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand the role of Design Management within Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) environments.
  • Develop a knowledge of the expectations and responsibilities of Design Manager in different organisational environments.
  • An ability to develop and prepare a Design Management Plan for a commercial building project.

Generic skills

Upon successful completion of this subject students will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:

  • Advanced analytical skills
  • Research skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Team working skills.

Eligibility and requirements


One of the following subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90335 Contract Management
Semester 2
ABPL90313 Management of Construction
Semester 1
ABPL90140 Architectural Practice
Semester 1
Semester 2

approval from the subject coordinator.



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90028 Project Management
Semester 1

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



  • Assignment 1 – Preliminary design management plan and presentation (1000 words per student) and 20 minutes group presentation (group of 3) (equivalent to 1000 words) 30%, due in week 5
  • Assignment 2 – Final design management plan (2500 word equivalent) due in week 11 - 50%; and 20 minutes group presentation in week 12 - 20%

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorValerie Francis
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 hours per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date11 February 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

    Semester 1 contact information

    Valerie Francis (Subject Coordinator)


Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Quota 45

Selection criteria: Students will be selected into the subject as they self-enrol during the timely re-enrolment period. If the enrolment quota is exceeded, MCCM- PROJ ( Project management specialisation in Master of Construction) students will be given preference first, other MC- CM ( Master of Construction) students second, MC- ARCH ( Master of Architecture) students third.

For detailed information on the quota subject application process and due dates, refer to the EDSC Quota Subjects webpage: http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/quota-subjects

Further information

Last updated: 16 June 2018