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Duration: 
4 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time

Overview

Take a leading role in exciting, large-scale building construction with VU's Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours).

In our honours constructution-management degree, you’ll learn all the skills needed to manage residential, commercial and industrial projects. You’ll gain valuable expertise in the various areas of large-scale building and civil-engineering projects.

Your expertise will let you undertake roles overseeing the building process, from design to development, construction and operation.

You’ll graduate with skills in:

  • project planning
  • cost and quality management
  • construction techniques and materials
  • building law
  • building codes
  • industrial relations
  • personnel management.

Our industry contacts and our focus on real-world experience ensure you’re job-ready when you graduate.

Construction management is a growing profession, and your qualifications will be highly useful and in-demand. An honours degree helps you fulfill the requirements of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB), the targeted accreditation body for this course.

Diverse construction expertise

Graduate with diverse skills, tailored to the construction industry:

  • planning and managing strategies for the construction process
  • assessing documents for compliance with codes and standards
  • assessing plans for constructability
  • communicating with technical professionals such as architects and engineers on design objectives
  • formulating project cashflows and budgets
  • preparing tender documents, contract bidding, negotiation and sub-contractor selection
  • supervising construction sites and personnel.

We give you experience with real-world scenarios and settings, so you graduate ready to apply your high-demand skills in industry and community.

Careers in building and construction management

An honours degree is designed to put you in a position to apply for recognised accredition from the Australian Institute of Building (AIB).

On completing Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours), possible job opportunities include:

  • construction manager
  • project manager
  • quantity surveyor 
  • building technician
  • building surveyor
  • building contractor
  • estimator
  • contract administrator
  • facilities manager
  • property developer.

Graduates have a wide range of employment opportunities in the private and public sectors, working for:

  • building proprietors
  • contractors
  • developers 
  • government bodies
  • consultancy practices
  • self-employed entrepreneurs.

You’ll also have skills and knowledge that can be applied in other industries such as mining, petrochemicals and infrastructure development.

Salaries

According to Australian government site Job Outlook, the average salary for construction managers is A$93,400 (JobOutlook).

Job openings for construction managers are expected to grow in the next few years (JobOutlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) students will be required to complete 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points First Year Core studies;
  • 240 credit points Professional Core studies; and,
  • 48 credit points from the Building Compliance Minor.

 
First Class Honours:
To be eligible for completion with First Class Honours student must achieve:

  •  A minimum weighted average of 60% over year levels 1 to 3;
  •  A minimum weighted average of 80% in year level 4;
  •  A HD grade for the final year NBC4108 Major Project 2.

First Year Core Units

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) selected from the Building Compliance Minor

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) selected from the Building Compliance Minor

Year 4, Semester 1

Year 4, Semester 2

24 credit points (equivalent to two units) selected from the Building Compliance Minor

Minors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Plan, implement and manage the delivery of efficient and effective strategies over the course of construction processes in diverse contemporary contexts using independent thinking and judgement;  
  2. Generate creative solutions to a range of complex construction problems, taking into account issues of constructability, financial and human resources, compliance with relevant codes and standards, ethics and environmental sustainability (commercial and environmental) with initiative and professional judgement;  
  3. Critically evaluate sources and validity of information and use established processes for information management including international perspectives and codes of practice as appropriate;  
  4. Advocate design and management objectives and outcomes effectively to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders using a variety of professional oral and written forms;  
  5. Exemplify collaboration and requisite interpersonal and supervisory skills and characteristics to influence personal work, community and networks;  
  6. Apply personal and interpersonal competencies including organisational and collaborative skills necessary to operate within broad parameters in the immensely divergent and complex global and Australian cultures;  
  7. Advocate, respect and value cultural diversity and indigenous rights and develop capacities and creative solutions to contribute to a sustainable world;  
  8. Exhibit responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice in collaboration with others and within broad parameters.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

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  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum of 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma). OR Completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English; PLUS Units 3 and 4: with a study score of at least 20, in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 144 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

The Gordon

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

The Gordon

You will be credited for up to 144 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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