Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)
Assemble your construction career
Craft the career in construction you crave. Cover design, drawings and lifecycles – making use of knowledge in construction planning, technology and science. Graduate with the ability to become a construction manager, planner, surveyor and more.
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What you'll learn
With a focus on real-world learning, you’ll learn to work with designs, read drawings, use industry-standard technology, navigate plans, and gain a holistic understanding of the entire project lifecycle as well as the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders.
You’ll explore diverse areas such as construction technology, construction science, building services, contract administration, construction health and safety, building surveying and construction economics.
As a graduate, you’ll come out with project management skills with the ability to plan and schedule construction operations using flowcharts, network analysis, Gantt charts, Critical Path Method and precedence diagrams.
The first three years of this degree mirror UniSA Online’s Bachelor of Construction Management degree. In your fourth year, you’ll have a choice of specialist electives in the areas of construction project management, quantity surveying and building surveying. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a research project, which will allow you to gain a deeper insight and further develop your knowledge and skills in your area of interest. As part of your research project, you’ll be paired with an experienced academic or an industry professional who are experts in their particular field.
- Construction manager: oversee and allocate resources for construction projects; work with architects and engineers to check plans and blueprints; manage schedules; determine material and labour costs, and liaise with and hire subcontractors and workers.
- Quantity surveyor: manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from initial calculations to final figures; seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, and achieve required standards and quality.
- Building surveyor: ensure buildings are safe to occupy, energy efficient, accessible and meet all legal requirements as a statutory responsibility; assess, certify and inspect building works; work in design, fire safety, energy efficiency and access solutions; and support the legal process as educators and expert witnesses.
- Project manager: coordinate and plan projects from beginning to end; prepare budgets and cost estimates; create schedules; respond to issues and delays; collaborate with architects and engineers; communicate with clients regarding the progress of a project; and ensure safety regulations and codes are met.
- Construction supervisor: oversee all construction activities that take place on a worksite, and supervise contractors and staff while maintaining a safe and secure work environment by adhering to, and enforcing safety codes.
- Estimator: compile cost estimates based on variables such as labour, materials and equipment; work out project costs and create budgets, and analyse different quotes from sub-contractors and suppliers.
- Construction planner: develop plans on construction projects so the project is completed safely, on time and within budget; organise the stages of construction development; work with managers and engineers to discuss progress and address issues that arise.
- Contract administrator: develop scope of work and contract documents for execution; administer contracts; assess progress claims and subcontractor payments; prepare variations; manage contract risks to meet company obligations and achieve the planned outcomes of a contract.
Applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria with a competitive result:
- Successfully completed equivalent to a minimum of half a year of full-time study of a higher education program at a recognised higher education provider
- Completed an award from a recognised training organisation at Certificate IV or above
- Passed a UniSA Online literacy and numeracy test and have relevant work experience, or
- Completed a UniSA Foundations Studies program or equivalent, or
- Qualified for Special Entry
- Completed a secondary education qualification equivalent to SACE, such as an interstate year 12 or international qualification
Students who do not meet these criteria can start studying now by enrolling in the subjects below. Students will be eligible to apply upon successful completion of four subjects and all subjects will be credited towards the degree.
- BUIL1027 Introduction to Construction Management
- BUIL1025 Construction Communication
- CIVE1005 Construction 1
- CIVE1006 Construction Materials
- CIVE1007 Structures 1
- BUIL1026 Introduction to Construction Business Management
- BUIL2029 Introduction to Contract Administration
UniSA Online offers four start dates throughout the year so you can apply as soon as you’re ready. As part of your application, UniSA Online will share information about the next available study period for this program.
Credit for previous study or work
If you have previous work experience, or have studied before, you could fast-track your studies by reducing the time it takes to complete your degree.
This four-year professional degree will prepare you for future leadership and managerial roles in the building and construction industry. You’ll be able to pursue your career interests and specialise in one of three high-growth areas in construction project management, quantity surveying, or building surveying in your final year.
Throughout your studies, you’ll develop a well-rounded understanding of the entire project lifecycle. You’ll explore modern project management techniques, develop skills to assess building compliance, and gain financial acumen to manage construction businesses in a commercial environment. The technical and practical skills gained throughout your degree will prepare you for a range of roles required in large-scale commercial, infrastructure and residential projects.
As a student, you’ll be introduced to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and modern construction techniques. You’ll also learn to use software that construction and building professionals use on a regular basis including Autodesk Revit, MS Project, Cost X, Navisworks 2016 and Synchro Pro. If you’re already working in the industry, you’ll have the opportunity to immediately apply what you’ve learned in the workplace.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
- Introduction to Construction Management (BUIL 1027)
- Construction Communication (BUIL 1025)
- Construction 1 (CIVE 1005)
- Construction Materials (CIVE 1006)
- Introduction to Construction Business Management (BUIL 1026)
- Structures 1 (CIVE 1007)
- Introduction to Contract Administration (BUIL 2029)
- Elective 1
- Construction Scheduling (BUIL 2028)
- Construction 2 (CIVE 2014)
- Quantity Surveying Practice 1 (BUIL 1028)
- Contract Administration (BUIL 3024)
- Structures 2 (CIVE 2016)
- Building Estimating (BUIL 1024)
- Building Services (CIVE 2013)
- Construction Environmental Science (CIVE 2015)
- Development Regulation (BUIL 4030)
- Construction 3 (CIVE 3016)
- Project Appraisal (BUIL 3025)
- Construction Cost Planning (BUIL 2027)
- Construction Operations and Safety (BUIL 3023)
- Fire Technology (BUIL 4031)
- Building Surveying (CIVE 3015)
- Advanced Contract Administration (BUIL 3022)
- Integrated Project (BUIL 4035)
- Elective 2
- Research Theory and Practice (ENGG 4016)
- Elective 3
- Construction Management Honours Research Project A (CIVE 4047)
- Elective 4
- Construction Management Honours Research Project B (CIVE 4048)
- Elective 5
Students must complete 32 subjects, this includes 5 electives.
Choose your subjects
Students must select two of the following specialisations.
Quantity Surveying Specialisation
- Advanced Quantity Surveying (BUIL 4032)
- Quantity Surveying Practice 2 (BUIL 4036)
Building Surveying Specialisation
- Advanced Building Surveying (CIVE 4045)
- Asset Management and Building Pathology (CIVE 4046)
Construction Management Specialisation
- Construction Business Management (BUIL 4034)
- Advanced Construction Management (BUIL 4033)