The focus of this unit is contemporary and emerging construction systems and technology with respect to available procurement options. Issues around build-ability and use-ability are considered and lessons for future application extrapolated. Appropriate forms of traditional and non-traditional project delivery options such as D&B, GMP, BOO/BOT are considered, along with the use of modern frameworks to improve construction efficiency. Additional topics include alternative means of protection of structures (including fire and external environmental conditions); safety factors and cost implications of materials handling on construction sites; effective resource planning; and cost, time and quality optimisation techniques. 

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Plan, construct and manage the delivery of efficient, and effective strategies and inputs over the course of the construction process to achieve value for money on diverse and complex projects in alignment with Construction Extension to the PMBOK Guide.  
  2. Evaluate the success of construction solutions by measuring their results against theory-based criteria and standards of performance taking into consideration construction techniques, methods and processes for commercial and government organisations.  
  3. Articulate and apply the ethical and legal requirements for different types of delivery methods, supplier selection processes, contract negotiations, contract administration requirements and overall contract management.  
  4. Critically review the efficacy of contract delivery systems in the construction industry in relation to occupational health and safety (OH&S) requirements, activity management, plant and machinery resource management and procurement requirements particular to the construction industry.  
  5. Conceptually map construction management processes relevant to resource utilisation on a complex project.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Individual Case Study Assignment (including 5% proposal in week 2, and 15% for the report) 20%
Project Group Project 30%
Presentation Presentation and discussion 20%
Test Test 30%

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