ABPL30044 Industry Partner project Studio

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Jul-2017 to 22-Oct-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2017
Census Date 31-Aug-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x 3 hours studios
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


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Corequisites: None
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Non Allowed Subjects: None
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For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr Andrew Martel



Subject Overview:

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.

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.

  • 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.

Prescribed Texts:

Subject Reader

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Bachelor of Design Elective Subjects
Construction major
Environments Discipline subjects
Non- allowed Breadth Subjects within the Bachelor of Design - relating to specific majors
Property major
Restrictions for Breadth Options within the Bachelor of Environments - relating to specific majors

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