ARCH 7032 - Construction Management and Technology I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

This course is designed to explore the management of building and civil engineering projects in the following aspects: health and safety, scheduling, stakeholder management, and materials. These are critical success factors in building and civil engineering projects. This course will examine management strategies designed to address these critical issues throughout the life cycle of projects.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARCH 7032
    Course Construction Management and Technology I
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description This course is designed to explore the management of building and civil engineering projects in the following aspects: health and safety, scheduling, stakeholder management, and materials. These are critical success factors in building and civil engineering projects. This course will examine management strategies designed to address these critical issues throughout the life cycle of projects.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Jian Zuo

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Develop and implement risk management strategies for construction projects and organizations for complex building and engineering projects.
    2. Differentiate various procurement routes and select the appropriate procurement method for simple building and engineering projects.
    3. Critically examine planning, execution and control problems in (professional practice) scheduling and explain their interaction with cost and resources management for simple building and engineering projects.
    4. Identify and manage stakeholders in the construction sector and the project environment.
    5. Identify key principles of sustainable development and the role of sustainable construction technologies.
    6. Critically examine the resource efficiency issues (e.g. reuse and recycled materials, energy efficiency) in building and civil engineering projects.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    The learning and teaching strategy is an active learning one, using a range of problems, application and case studies. The contents of this course will be delivered in forms of lecture, tutorial and workshops. Principles of construction project management will be covered in 1-hour lecture on a weekly basis. This will be followed by 2-hour tutorial which is designed to allow students to practice those principles introduced during the lecture sessions. Case studies will enrich student’s understanding of managing these various issues in building and civil engineering projects. Workshops are designed to facilitate students’ communication skills such as risk reporting and sustainability disclosure. 

    The approach to assessment is one of integration with teaching and “assessment for learning” rather than of learning. Students will receive feedback progressively throughout the semester. Deadlines for assessment will be strictly enforced which will provide an overall framework for the semester of study.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    All materials will be uploaded to the MyUni site or be available through the university library. Academic papers, journal articles, professional articles and appropriate data and case study information will be provided to support problem based activities using the MyUni facility. 

    Face-to-face sessions will run in a weekly basis throughout the semester. These include: 1-hour lecture and 2-hour tutorial every week. Students are required to utilise university library resources as well as those materials made available on the course homepage to prepare assignments. The group assignment will require student team meetings either virtual or face-to-face, and collaboration. The assessments will be intense, with a challenge based, integrative problem solving approach. The time allocation should reflect the assessment weighting in the schedule below.

    Students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided studies.

    Learning Activities Summary

    Essential information on construction project management concepts and approaches, definitions of activities, management strategies, analysis techniques and contemporary issues will be dealt with by structured lecture and tutorial sessions. Tutorial sessions are featured with problem based/case study exercises. The approach is progressive, building upon fundamental concepts and knowledge acquisition with increasingly complex problem based exercises.

    In lecture sessions, following aspects of construction management and technology in building and civil engineering projects will be discussed: risk management, procurement, scheduling, stakeholder management, sustainable construction technologies and resource efficiency. Students will be encouraged to relate these principles to the real life projects through reading academic papers and resources from the professional bodies such as Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, The Chartered Institute of Building, and Australian Institute of Building. In tutorial sessions, students will work in groups to use their skills and knowledge to tackle these construction management and technology related issues.

    Students will be encouraged to consult specific professional body’s website such as Green Building Council Australia to identify issues associated with green building and sustainable construction. International perspectives will be introduced by comparing to other sustainability rating tools such as LEED (US) and BREEAM (UK).

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment Task
    Due Date/ Week Weight Length (Word count,Time) Learning Outcomes
    Class Quiz (Individual) Week 5 15% 1 hour 1,2,3
    Discussion Paper (Individual) Week 9 35% 1500 words 1,3,4,5
    Group Assignment (Individual & collaborative) Week 13 50% (20% individual & 30% collaborative) 15 mins presentation
    plus 3500 words report
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail

    You may refer to a separate document or attachment which is updated more often than the Course Outline, allowing adjustments to be made to assessment for each delivery without having to revise the Course Outline as a whole.
    In such cases, however, a copy of indicative details MUST be provided with Course Approval Proposal.

    The first assessment is class quiz which aims to test students’ understanding of some basic concepts and principles related to construction management and construction technologies.

    The second assessment requires students to demonstrate their understanding of risk management in building and civil engineering projects and to design strategies accordingly. Students are required to use both academic papers and case studies to support their arguments and risk management strategies. Students are required to address the following critical issues: stakeholder management, procurement, sustainability, financing, technical, political, resource management, globalisation, cultural, social, health & safety.

    The last assessment will test integrated application of the knowledge in a real building and construction environment with students working collaboratively. Students are required to critically analyse the secondary data related to green building developments. It involves analysis, problem identification and solving, strategy setting and presentation.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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