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. 

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
EPM5760

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

Assessment type Description Grade
Project Individual Research Project (2000 – 3000 words) 20%
Project Group Research Project (8000 – 9000 words) 40%
Examination Final Examination 40%

Required reading

Students will be provided with class notes and additional resources online, in line with the topics

Urban construction project management 1st ed.
Richard Lambeck, John Eschemuller (2009)
McGraw-Hill

Construction project management 1st ed.
Richard H. Clough, Glenn A. Sears, S. Keoki Sears (2008)
New York : Wiley

Construction Extension to the PMBOK Guide 3rd ed.
PMI (2007)
PMI

Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge 5th ed.
PMI (2013)
PMI

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