ABPL30055 Construction Management

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

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1x2 hour lecture per week; 1x1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


The subjects below or equivalent as approved by the coordinator.

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One of the following subjects

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Not offered in 2017
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Assoc Prof Valerie Francis


Email: vfrancis@unimelb.edu.au

Current Student: http://ask.unimelb.edu.au/
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Subject Overview:

This subject focuses on issues affecting the management of construction projects at the site level. An overview of production management and how it relates to the construction industry is provided along with consideration of issues affecting the efficient use of resources such as labour, subcontract labour, materials, plant and equipment. Construction project planning methods and resource management systems are introduced. Labour productivity improvement techniques such as work, study and activity sampling are presented. Critical path scheduling is introduced and the construction plan for a low rise commercial building is undertaken. Contractor's cost control, industrial relations, site safety and quality assurance are also examined.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Understand and assess construction management roles and responsibilities used on a current project and be able to identify alternatives;
  • Understand the various procurement models available to design and construction teams;
  • Understand construction techniques for efficient and sustainable use of resources such as labour, materials, plant and equipment in relation to the specific site conditions;
  • Analyse the design of site plans and propose alternatives for achieving efficiency in site management;
  • Review and analyse productivity strategies from first principles;
  • Design a construction schedule based on the critical path method for a low rise commercial building by incorporating objectives and constraints arising from the project;
  • Understanding of principles including, dealing with industrial relations, site safety, and quality control techniques from a contractor's perspective.

  • Site visit assignment done in pairs (equivalent to 400 words) due in Week 4, (10%);
  • Planning assignment done in pairs, including 5 minute oral presentation (equivalent to 1200 words each) due in Week 11, (30%);
  • 3-hour end of semester examination (equivalent to 3000 words), (60%).

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Subject Reader

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

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

  • analytical skills;
  • communication skills;
  • problem solving skills;
  • team working skills.

Safety boots, high visibility vests and a hard hat are required for construction site visits in this subject (to be provided by the student).

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Bachelor of Design Elective Subjects
Civil (Engineering) Systems major
Construction major
Engineering Systems
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
Related Breadth Track(s): Construction

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