ARCH 7047 - Cost Planning and Management
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code ARCH 7047 Course Cost Planning and Management 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 cost elements in building and civil engineering projects. All projects require planning and managing cost throughout the various project stages. These cost planning and management exercises are crucial to achieve the project success. This course will examine strategies designed to achieve optimum financial performance at both the project level and the business level.
Course Coordinator: Professor Jian ZuoLecturer: Ms. Debbie Marsh
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Refer to MyUni for more information.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Distinguish the various types of contracts that are applied to construction projects
2. Demonstrate the administration procedures that are used with various contract types
3. Determine plans and strategies to manage conflicts and disputes
4. Analyse financial performance at the business and the project levels (e.g. cash flow and profitability)
5. Develop corrective and preventive cost planning measures to evaluate financial performance
6. Manage document control, information management and reporting systems
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)
1,2,3,4,5,6 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
4,5,6 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
2,3,4,5,6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3,4,5 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
1,2,3,4,5,6 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
Recommended ResourcesPlease refer to MyUni for details of recommended readings and websites
Following journals are suggested reading for this subject:
• Journal of Cleaner Production
• Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
• Journal of Management in Engineering
• Building and Environment
• International Journal of Project Management
• Energy and Buildings
• Applied Energy
• Project Management Journal
• Construction Management and Economics
• Journal of Green Building
• Energy Policy
Other locations for resources will be distributed during lectures.
The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on contemporary architectural practice. In order to expand your knowledge of contemporary directions in design it is recommended that you attend these sessions. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.
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In certain cases the recording of the lectures is made available in electronic format for students to listen through on their own time and make notes, and is provided through the MyUni system. However, this service is only available for lectures with essential course content and may not include guest lectures. Furthermore, where the presentation content is subject to copyright or the guest speaker is uncomfortable with the recording of the content, the lecture recording will not be made available online. So students should not rely solely on this mode of learning and arrange to attend or get lecture content from peers.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe 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 cost planning and 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 cost issues in building and civil engineering projects. Workshops are designed to facilitate students’ communication skills such as documenting cost related information and reporting to various stakeholders.
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.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided studies.
Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management (delete as appropriate):
For a 3 unit course:
Total workload hours: 12 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs
Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
Total self-guided study: 156 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 120 Hrs
For a 6 unit course:
Total workload hours: 24 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 312 Hrs
Total contact hours: 6 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 72 Hrs
Total self-guided study: 312 Hrs – 72 Hrs = 240 Hrs
For a 12 unit course:
Total workload hours: 48 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 624 Hrs
Total contact hours: 12 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 144 Hrs
Total self-guided study: 624 Hrs – 144 Hrs = 480 Hrs
These 120 or 240 or 480 hours should be used towards preparation of weekly tasks and for completion of the various assignments associated with the course, including development of various skills required to complete the same. Please organise your time wisely.
This is a 3 unit course. Recommended study commitments are meant to be hours of full time study, not just sitting thinking about the subject! The communication skills developed by regularly and actively participating in discussions are considered to be most important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
Learning Activities SummaryEssential information on cost planning and 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, principles of cost planning and management in building and civil engineering projects will be discussed. 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 The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. In tutorial sessions, students will work in groups to use their skills and knowledge to tackle these cost planning and management related issues such as contract administration, dispute resolution, financial performance reporting, etc.
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SubmissionAll assignments must be submitted through MyUni site. Note that NO LATE submissions will be accepted unless it is due to illness and other accepted circumstances as explained in the School's Student Handbook.
All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number. Submissions without Student Name or ID Number will not be considered for marking, and will receive zero marks in accordance with the guidelines.
In addition, all assignments need to have an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission. Please attach the cover sheet in front of the document, to the top left hand corner.
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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
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