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Warning! With the exception of eight open enrolment subjects, this is a restricted degree. Subject enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree.

Degree structure

Degree details

At the completion of this degree 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) degree is designed in collaboration with construction industry professionals and qualifies graduates to work as:

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

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) is accredited by 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.

Career objectives

The construction management degree prepares you for a wide range of professional roles in the building and construction industry. Before you complete your degree, 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 subject underpins all the above subject areas.

Open enrolment subjects

Open Enrolment Subjects

There are eight open enrolment subjects in this degree. Students do not have to submit an Application Form for open enrolment subjects, and can enrol in CME101, APC100, CME103, CME104, CME105, CME106, CME107 and CME109 through Open Universities Australia.

Students who successfully complete two of these open enrolment subjects (of which one must be APC100 and the other either CME104 OR CME105) AND meet English language competency may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) degree provided they have satisfied other eligibility criteria. See Entrance Requirements above for more details.

Students who successfully complete four of these open enrolment subjects (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) program provided they have satisfied other eligibility criteria. See Entrance Requirements above for more details.

Open enrolment subjects 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 subjects 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.

Higher education via OUA

  • Successful completion of two of the recommended eight OUA open enrolment subjects: APC100 and CME104 OR CME105, and separate evidence of English language proficiency; OR
  • Successful completion of four OUA full degree level subjects at pass level, of which two should be APC100 and CME104 OR CME105. (This satisfies the English language proficiency requirement.)

Higher education

  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard subjects) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English proficiency is not required)

Secondary education

  • 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-comparison.tisc

VET studies

  • 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; OR
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English proficiency.

Work and Life

  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)
  • Finished secondary education more than two years ago
  • Bridging and enabling degree entry
  • Enabling degrees completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this degree.

Additional Information

English Proficiency Requirements

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 or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level subjects via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of two degree level subjects at an Australian university and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

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

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Special requirements

From 2019, it is part of graduation requirement for students to complete 80-day work experience. 

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 degree 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.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) is a 4 year, full-time equivalent program. The first 3 levels comprised of 24 subjects (23 core x 25 credits plus 1 elective x 25 credits). The fourth level of study is within either a Professional or an Honours Stream involving a research based thesis (both streams comprise 7 subjects: 6 x 25 credits plus 1 x 50 credits).  Overall the degree is a total of 31 subjects.

This degree is a management-orientated practice-based degree 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.

This degree 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 Degree Coordinator.

From 2019, it is part of graduation requirement for students to complete 80-day work experience. 

Frequently Asked Questions.

FAQs - Bachelor of Applied Science CME (PDF, 74 KB)

Recommended Study Pattern

Generally the degree is fully planned in sequential progression. See the suggested study plans for full time and part time study below.

Bachelor Applied Science (Construction Management) full time suggested study plan

Bachelor Applied Science (Construction Management) part time suggested study plan

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) is a 4 year program. The first 3 levels comprised of 24 subjects and the fourth level of study either a Professional Stream or an Honours Stream involving a research based thesis (both streams comprise 7 subjects: 6 x 25 credits plus 1 x 50 credits).  Overall the degree is a total of 31 subjects.

Award Requirements

OUA students complete 24 subjects (23 core subjects plus 1 elective) 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 7 subjects in the Professional Stream OR are invited to complete an Honours Stream including completing an Honours dissertation (both streams have 1 double subject).

From 2019, it is part of graduation requirement for students to complete 80-day work experience. 

Choose your subjects

Electives

Students are required to complete 1 elective subject chosen from any undergraduate subject offered through OUA.

2019 Changes

During 2018, this degree has undergone a major degree review.  As a result of this review a number of subjects have changed what year they should be taken in and 1 subject has been removed.  Details are:

Subject Replacements

  • If you have completed (or been credited for) CME108 Construction Law, you do not have to complete the new subject, CME309 Construction Contracts and Law.
  • If you have not completed (or been credited for) CME108 Construction Law, you will have to complete the new subject, CME309 Construction Contracts and Law.
  • If you have completed (or been credited for) CME207 Construction Project Safety Management, you do not have to complete the new subject, CME109 Construction Project Safety Management.
  • If you have not completed (or been credited for) CME207 Construction Project Safety Management, you will have to complete the new subject, CME109 Construction Project Safety Management.
  • If you have completed (or been credited for) CME304 Quality in Construction, you do not have to complete the new subject, CME416 Quality in Construction.
  • If you have not completed (or been credited for) CME304 Quality in Construction, you will have to complete the new subject, CME416 Quality in Construction.
  • If you have completed (or been credited for) CME305 Contract Administration, you do not have to complete the new subject, CME415 Contract Administration.
  • If you have not completed (or been credited for) CME305 Contract Administration, you will have to complete the new subject, CME415 Contract Administration.
  • If you have completed (or been credited for) CME407 Sustainable Construction, you do not have to complete the new subject, CME209 Sustainable Construction.
  • If you have not completed (or been credited for) CME407 Sustainable Construction, you will have to complete the new subject, CME209 Sustainable Construction.
  • If you have completed (or been credited for) CME406 Integrated Construction Project 2, you do not have to complete the new subject, CME417 Integrated Construction Project 2 and please kindly contact the Digital Learning Team for the updated study plan;
  • If you have not completed (or been credited for) CME406 Integrated Construction Project 2, you will have to complete the new subject, CME417 Integrated Construction Project 2.

Removed Subjects

  • If you have completed (or been credited for) CME401 Construction Risk Management, this will be credited against the elective subject.

If you have any questions or request the updated study plan, please contact the Digital Learning Team in the School of Design and the Built Environment: dbeoua@curtin.edu.au