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C06126v1 Graduate Diploma in Construction Management

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Construction Management (GradDipConsM)
CRICOS code: 098505J
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Further study at UTS
Other information

Overview

Construction management is one of the most rapidly expanding sectors of specialisation in Australia. Construction management specialists have very good job prospects in both construction and infrastructure work areas. The particular mix of skills offered in this degree combine traditional project management frameworks along with specialised preparation in technological advancements and human factors that are a requirement for successful managers in the construction industry.

The course aims to provide graduates with management skills relevant to the operation of construction projects. The course utilises concepts associated with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) as applied in the construction context. Key areas of construction management are covered in the course including: construction technology and regulations; time, cost and quality management; risk; professional ethics; industrial relations; communication; and contract administration. Student learning establishes underpinning construction management theory that is strongly supported by best practice case studies delivered by leading academics and practitioners, giving students access to relevant, real-world expertise that reflects the realities of today's construction sector. Through the use of digital technologies students receive hands-on experience with real-world estimating, programming and building information modelling (BIM) platforms. Students gain further knowledge in contracts administration, integrated project delivery, and communication and stakeholder management with the option to build specialist knowledge in a chosen elective subject.

Career options

The course is aimed primarily at career changers, in particular those from other built environment industries interested in expanding their portfolio of skills. Career options include a range of management roles related to the construction sector, such as project, construction, design, environmental, site, contract or facility management; construction economics; quantity surveying; construction programming, cost engineering, estimating or property development.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Identify ethical issues and operate with integrity, applying informed sound ethical judgments in professional contexts
A.2 Identify the importance of an inclusive workplace and the regulations that support an increased representation of Indigenous Australians
C.1 Effectively apply a variety of communication skills in professional contexts
I.1 Generate innovative and creative solutions to industry/project issues and problems
I.2 Ability to adapt project management knowledge to meet contextual demands (Knowledge Adaptation)
P.1 Advise on appropriate procurement options and effectively manage contracts
P.2 Demonstrate detailed knowledge of construction technology and structural principles
P.3 Effectively apply project management principles to construction projects
P.5 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of contemporary theory in construction cost planning an ability to practically apply this theory and relevant technologies to professional practice
P.6 Reflect on, and improve, project practice
P.7 Analyse and advise on alternative design solutions to promote the achievement of value on projects
P.8 Ability to lead and manage project teams, and work as a project team member at a practitioner level
R.1 Effectively engage critical and independent thinking in the interpretation of theory and its practical application to construction projects

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants who have completed the UTS Graduate Certificate in Construction Management with a credit average or above are eligible to apply. In addition to the above qualifications, applicants also need to satisfy a minimum of one year's relevant work experience.

Applicants who do not satisfy the academic requirements may be considered on the ability to demonstrate equivalency through a minimum of five years' relevant work experience.

All applicants need to provide:

  • a CV clearly articulating construction management experience, and
  • a personal statement (max. 300 words) explaining the reasons for wanting to study construction management and demonstrating an understanding of basic construction management concepts gained from work experience and knowledge of course expectations. If applicable, detail should be provided about general or professional qualifications that demonstrate potential to pursue graduate studies.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, full-time or two-year part-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 48 credit points made up of 42 credit points of core subjects and 6 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

STM91268 Core subjects (Construction Management) 42cp
Select 6 credit points of options: 6cp
CBK91753 Elective (Construction Management)6cp 
Total 48cp

Course program

Typical programs for students undertaking the course full time or part time are shown below.

Typical program, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
12511 Construction Technology and Regulation   6cp
12537 Construction Management   6cp
15312 Project Communication, HR and Stakeholders   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91753 Elective (Construction Management) 6cp  
Spring session
17553 Construction Cost Planning and Control   6cp
12003 Time, Quality and Risk Management   6cp
15349 Integrated Project Delivery Management   6cp
17123 Construction Contracts and Finance   6cp
Typical program, Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
12511 Construction Technology and Regulation   6cp
12537 Construction Management   6cp
Spring session
17553 Construction Cost Planning and Control   6cp
12003 Time, Quality and Risk Management   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
15312 Project Communication, HR and Stakeholders   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91753 Elective (Construction Management) 6cp  
Spring session
15349 Integrated Project Delivery Management   6cp
17123 Construction Contracts and Finance   6cp

Further study at UTS

Graduates of the UTS Graduate Diploma in Construction Management are able to complete the UTS Master of Project Management (C04006) with an additional four subjects.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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