CONMGNT 7700 - Construction Management Professional Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

This course provides an opportunity for students to experience a working environment in an organization related to construction management in which to observe and apply their knowledge and skills for the degree. Students are expected to reflect upon their experience and learning in form of reflective journal and presentation. Students may involve in a series of on-site and offsite duties such as: site meeting, measurement, documentation, and presentation to a client. Students may also be involved in clerical work and administration in order to gain insight into the day-to-day functioning of a business.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CONMGNT 7700
    Course Construction Management Professional Practice
    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
    Restrictions Available only to Master of Construction Management students
    Assessment Reflective journal, presentation, industry evaluation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Jian Zuo

    Mr. Daniel Rossetto, Email:
    Miss Anthea D’Aloia, Internships Coordinator, Division of Academic and Student Engagement, Email:
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course provides an opportunity for students to experience a working environment in an organisation related to construction management to observe and apply knowledge and skills being obtained during the degree. Under the auspices of the professional practice project, students shall engage in industrial internships. The internships, which can be obtained through the university, as part of formal government programs or bilaterally with employers by students and with the university’s approval, may include on-site and off-site duties such as project planning, site supervision and coordination, estimating, measurement, contract administration, client interaction and other relevant tasks. Students may also become involved in regular administrative work in order to gain insight into the day-to-day functioning of a business in the construction industry. Students are expected to reflect upon their experience and learning in form of a reflective journal and presentation.

    On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
    1) Apply skills and knowledge of construction management acquired at university during the degree into a professional setting
    2) Deliver tasks in a professional construction management setting, while acquiring first-hand knowledge of and experience in the construction industry
    3) Appreciate, with the assistance of more practical experience, the various career opportunities and pathways available to them
    4) Communicate technical, non-technical and commercial information about construction management and business in a professional setting
    5) Understand the social and ethical responsibilities of professionals in the modern construction industry
    6) Carry out professional tasks using common software and applications used in the construction industry
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Under this course, students will carry out supervised professional experience by host organisations (Host) in an approved industry setting (Industry Setting) linked to the construction industry. The current, pre-approved Industry Settings are as follows:

    Setting Scope of activity
    Construction contractor Organisations that deliver head contracts for building and construction projects in the commercial, industrial, civil or residential sectors, including design and construct contracts.
    Project manager Organisations providing professional project management services for building and construction projects in the commercial, industrial or civil sectors.
    Client Organisations acting as principal for building and construction projects in the commercial, industrial or civil sectors, where it involves engagement of a building contractor.
    Quantity surveyor Organisations providing professional quantity surveying, cost planning and management services for building and construction projects in the commercial, industrial or civil sectors.

    Additional Industry Settings may also be considered, such as property development, property finance, design consultancy (architecture, consulting engineering) building materials supply and installation, subcontracting, building certification and contracting to other sectors - for example, engineering, procurement and construction contracting for the electricity sector - subject to approval by the School and the Division of Academic and Student Engagement. Students wishing to explore experience in these Industry Settings should first consult with the course coordinator and internships coordinator before making contact with potential Hosts.

    Students shall be required to carry out a total of 150 hours of professional experience within three-month period, if done during a regular semester, or over six weeks if done over the end-of-year summer holiday period. Students shall also attend three workshops during semester with course colleagues to discuss and share experiences related to their professional practice.

    Arrangement and management process:
    Internships can be sourced and arranged through the university, via on-going public sector programs or bilaterally with employers by students and with the university’s approval. Students will enter into a tripartite internship agreement with the Host and the University. This will ensure the student remains covered under the University’s insurance policy. It will also confirm other relevant details regarding the internship, including, but not limited to, the start date, end date, working days, hours of work, duties and daily responsibilities.

    Students shall have completed, as a minimum, the first year of the Master’s in Construction Management degree or equivalent. Students may also be required to hold a valid and current South Australian construction industry White Card .

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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 shall be carried out through a combination of a reflective journal, a Host evaluation and each student making a presentation to course colleagues at one of the three dedicated workshops on campus held during semester as follows:

    Assessment Weighting Format Delivery
    Presentation 30% PPT presentation  Week 9
    Reflective journal 50% Written report Week 12
    Host evaluation 20% Completed form Week 12
    Total 100%

     Students shall make three separate submissions of the reflective journal to the internships coordinator, with interim submissions in weeks two and seven and the final in week 12. Assessment will be based on the aggregated three submissions.

    The Host evaluation will be undertaken on the Division of Academic and Student Engagement’s standard evaluation form. While the evaluation will be non-graded, it will form an integral part of assessment.
    Assessment Detail

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    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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