Subject details

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

  1. identify the different types of construction plant and equipment and compare their attributes
  2. evaluate the suitability of different types of plant and equipment for specific construction processes
  3. analyse the time and cost implications for different types of plant and equipment.
    • Plant Issues
    • Equipment Economics
    • Plant Operation & Planning
    • Soil & Rock
    • Planning Earthwork Operations
    • Site Clearance & Preparation
    • Scraping & Grading
    • Excavation Part 1
    • Excavation Part 2
    • Hauling
    • Lifting and Loading
    • Ancillary Equipment
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Glossary
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links


Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in the area, eg from completing all Level 1 subjects or relevant experience.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces students to types and sizes of plant and equipment used in construction. Students will examine the different processes, capabilities and performance outputs of plant and equipment and analyse the decision factors relating to technical, safety and economic considerations in to a typical construction project.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Quiz (20%)
  • Case Study (30%)
  • Invigilated exam (50%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

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Bachelor of Applied Science Construction Management

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