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Design Management (ABPL90370)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90370
Semester 2
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


Entry into the Melbourne School of Design or approval from the subject coordinator.



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90025 Project Management in Practice
Semester 2
ABPL90028 Project Management in Theory
Semester 1

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


  • 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%

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorBlair Gardiner
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 hours per week, 36 hours total
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

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Last updated: 16 August 2017