Construction Management

Unit code: NBC4101 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time


The unit focuses on introducing key construction management theories and techniques 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 are considered, along with the use of modern frameworks to improve construction efficiency. Key topics include effective resource planning; cost, time and quality optimisation techniques; environmental management and quality management; and risk and safety management.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan, design 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;
  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. Critically analyse 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; and
  5. Conceptually map construction management processes relevant to resource utilisation on a complex project.


For Melbourne campuses

The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and the graduate capabilities. In the first assessment component, the students’ key knowledge will be evaluated using in class tests. In the problem based assessment, the knowledge and use of schedule and resource management software will be examined. The group project is designed for students to work in groups on a current construction project and develop a complete construction management report. In this report student will prepare a quality and environmental management plan (10% of the total) on a selected attribute based on the guest lecture conducted by an industry professional.

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 40%
Tests (2)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 20%
Individual Problem Based Exercise
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 40%
Group Case Study Project (2000-2500 words equivalent)

Required reading

A list of recommended textbooks will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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