Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

The 2017 course information for this course is now available. View 2017 course details.

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 32 units to complete
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With the exception of eight open enrolment first year units, this is a restricted course. Continuing enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this course.

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Please note: This course underwent a major change at the start of 2014. If you started this program prior to 2014, please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) is a 4 year, full-time equivalent program. The first 3 levels comprised of 24 units (24 x 25 credits) and the fourth level of study either an Honours Stream (7 units: 6 x 25 credits plus 1 x 50 credits) or a Professional Stream (8 units: 7 core x 25 credits plus 1 elective x 25 credits) - a total of either 31 units or 32 units respectively.

This course is a management-orientated practice-based course which covers a broad range of interrelated disciplines including domestic, commercial and civil construction. It focuses on several core subject areas, including technology, measurement and estimating, project management, contracts administration, cost management and communication.

Students are required to undertake a minimum of 80 days experience in the building industry prior to graduation. Practical experience is recorded in an official logbook which is submitted to the Course Coordinator on completion. It is the responsibility of students to make their own arrangements for gaining the required experience, which may be undertaken during vacations or in employment while studying as a part-time student. Students are required to find their own placements however a central site allows industry representatives to post opportunities and students can apply. There is an academic position - Building Industry Experience Coordinator - who manages/coordinates and signs off on log books for the students.

This course qualifies graduates to work as project managers, quantity surveyors, construction managers, estimators, contract administrators and building surveyors.

Questions relating to work experience and log books should be directed to the Course Coordinator.

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The construction management degree prepares you for a wide range of professional roles in the building and construction industry. Before you complete your course, you will undertake 80 days of work experience during vacation time to further enhance your skills and knowledge. The core subject areas you will study are:

Technology
You will study the physical elements of construction and how they go together to form a complete structure. You will also discuss material components and examine their impact on the natural environment.

Measurement and estimating
You will calculate the cost of work and materials required in building the construction project, and learn the techniques and principles used to arrive at these figures.

Project management
You will learn how to review the management of projects. Specific topics covered include industrial relations, safety and health issues, time management, site management, quality management and property development.

Contracts administration
You will learn the legal aspects applied to construction and building contracts while the project is in progress.

Costs management
You will study contemporary techniques appropriate to cost planning and building design options. You will learn the economic framework of construction, including value management.

Communication
Communication is fundamental to construction. All forms, written, visual and oral, are assessed. You will also gain knowledge of computer applications. This unit underpins all the above subject areas.

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply key concepts of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, apply Construction Management and Quantity Surveying knowledge and extend this application through discipline based research.
  2. think creatively and innovatively in a building construction context to generate solutions to complex construction problems.
  3. access information from a wide range of sources using appropriate technologies and use decision making and problem solving knowledge to generate appropriate outcomes.
  4. communicate appropriately to a broad array of construction stakeholders and the wider community audience.
  5. recognise and apply the appropriate technologies to building construction processes and society.
  6. develop and manage learning strategies to advance themselves in a building construction leaning community.
  7. understanding the international perspective of construction management and quantity surveying and apply international practices.
  8. appreciate the cultural diversity of the wider community as it impacts on building construction, recognise indigenous rights with the regard to building construction.
  9. manage construction processes in an effective, ethical and professional way, recognise and apply environmentally responsible practices in a construction context.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) course qualifies graduates to work as:

  • Building Technician
  • Building Surveyor
  • Building Contractor
  • Construction Manager
  • Contract Administrator
  • Estimator
  • Facilities Manager
  • Property Developer
  • Quantity Surveyor

The course is accredited by the Board of Quality Surveyors Malaysia (BoQSM), the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS), Australian Institute of Building (AIB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). For member entry to both Institutes, graduates are required to have two years approved field practice, together with an assessment of professional competence.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR
  • The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study
  • Able to meet the university course admission requirements.

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Entrance Requirements
  • English Language Competency

Entrance Requirements

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. Mathematics Applications ATAR. Desirable Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Specialist ATAR.
    To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre) link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc
  • Successful study through OUA – either:

*   Successful completion of two of the recommended eight OUA open enrolment units: APC100 and CME104 OR CME105, and separate evidence of English language competency; OR
*  Successful completion of four OUA full degree level units at pass level. (This satisfies English language competency requirement.)

  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English competence is not required)
  • Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

English Language Competency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent).
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English competence
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English competence
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test. (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) is a 4 year program. The first 3 levels comprised of 24 units and the fourth level of study either an Honours Stream (7 units) or a Professional Stream (8 units) - a total of either 31 units or 32 units respectively.

OUA students complete 24 core units to be completed in the first three years (based on a Full-Time Study Load).

In their fourth year, students either continue extending knowledge of current academic research methodology in completing a project and have a choice of studying a further 8 units (7 core and 1 elective) in the Professional stream OR are invited to complete an Honours Stream, including completing an Honours dissertation (7 units including 1 double unit).

Electives

Students must also complete 1 elective unit chosen from any undergraduate unit offered through OUA.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Residential Construction
CME101 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Academic and Professional Communications
APC1001 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Construction Industry Management
CME103 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Structures
CME104 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Introduction to Building Measurement
CME105 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Commercial Construction
CME106 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Site Management
CME107 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Construction Law
CME108 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

1 This unit is equivalent to CME102, CME130, BAS100 and HUM100 in this course, do not enrol in this unit if you have completed either of these units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Building Measurement 1
CME201 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Construction Plant and Equipment
CME202 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Specialised Construction
CME203 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Building Services
CME204 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Building Information Modelling
CME205 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Building Surveying 2
CME206 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Construction Project Safety Management
CME207 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Cost Planning
CME208 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Infrastructure Construction
CME301 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Civils and Service Measurement
CME302 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Project Delivery Systems
CME303 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Quality in Construction
CME304 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Contract Administration
CME305 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Construction Planning and Scheduling
CME306 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Cost Management 3
CME307 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Construction Estimating
CME308 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Construction Risk Management
CME401 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Project Development and Appraisal
CME402 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Integrated Construction Project 1
CME403 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Facilities Management
CME404 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Construction Project
CME405 Curtin - - SP3 -
Integrated Construction Project 2
CME406 Curtin - - - SP4
Sustainable Construction
CME407 Curtin - - - SP4

Elective - To be chosen from available units and approved by the Program Coordinator.

Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Construction Risk Management
CME401 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Project Development and Appraisal
CME402 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Integrated Construction Project 1
CME403 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Facilities Management
CME404 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Sustainable Construction
CME407 Curtin - - - SP4
Building Dissertation 1
CME408 Curtin - - SP3 -
Building Dissertation 2
CME4091 Curtin - - - SP4

1 Double Unit

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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Open Enrolment Units

There are eight open enrolment units in this course. Students do not have to submit an Application Form for open enrolment units, and can enrol in CME101, APC100, CME103, CME104, CME105, CME106, CME107 and CME108 through Open Universities Australia.

Students who successfully complete four from these eight open enrolment units (of which one must be APC100 and the other either CME104 or CME105) may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) course provided they have satisfied other eligibility criteria.

Open enrolment units as electives

Students who do not satisfy all of the Eligibility requirements for this degree, or students who do not intend to apply for admission to this degree, may study the Open enrolment units as electives. Please refer to the Award Requirements or Electives sections on your degree page for information about the maximum number of level 1 electives you may include in your degree.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

This course underwent a Comprehensive Course review at the start of 2014. The proposed changes align the OUA course and the Curtin University (Bentley Campus) course. Any unit changes will result in students receiving credits for old units wherever possible.

It was felt the old title was misleading and dissuaded students from joining who felt there was a strong economic focus, which was not the case. Therefore the old course title of Construction Management & Economics has seen “Economics” removed from the title and it is now to be called “Construction Management”.

Please refer to the attached transition plan below if you completed any units prior to 2014. 

Curtin_Bachelor_of_Applied_Science_CME_Transition_2014.pdf (PDF, 153Kb)

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