University of Technology Sydney

C10420v1 Bachelor of Construction Project Management Bachelor of Languages and Cultures

Award(s): Bachelor of Construction Project Management (BCPM)
Bachelor of Languages and Cultures (BLangCultures)

CRICOS code: 103081D
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 288
Course EFTSL: 6
Location: City campus


There is no direct admission to this course. Current UTS students in combined Bachelor of Arts in International Studies courses may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Continuing) application to transfer into this course. Check with the Student Centre.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Levels of award
Professional recognition
Other information


The Bachelor of Languages and Cultures offers students studies in languages other than English, culture and society focused on developing their intercultural and linguistic capabilities. It also offers a capstone subject that allows students to design and carry out a small-scale research project that requires them to apply their linguistic skills and cultural knowledge.

The combined Bachelor of Construction Project Management Bachelor of Languages and Cultures provides students with intercultural and linguistic skills that raise their awareness of the international implications of construction project management. Students develop an understanding and awareness of a language other than English languages and another culture and refine their intercultural skills. Students also develop their professional skills in writing, research and evaluation.

The emphasis on the utilisation of digital technologies, such as building information modelling, ensures that students understand the leading-edge advances being implemented in the industry. This knowledge can be applied in other industry sectors, providing even further employment opportunities.

All students are required to complete a minimum of 200 days' industry experience during the course, providing essential professional exposure. For the vast majority of students this entails paid employment in the industry with contractors and consultants (typically called cadetships). To broaden their personal and professional outlook, students can also choose electives, or a sub-major in a range of disciplines, outside construction project management, including business accounting, environmental studies and Aboriginal studies.

Course aims

This course is concerned with management of all aspects of the construction process, including business management, construction management, design management, quantity surveying, contract management and property development. It delivers all the recognised competencies for construction project management professionals while introducing the prospect of diversifying into project management.

A further two years of study in languages and cultures studies introduces and consolidates learning a language other than English and about another culture.

Career options

Career opportunities include project manager, construction manager, construction economist, quantity surveyor, design manager, environmental manager, contract manager, site manager, construction programmer, cost engineer, estimator, facility manager and property developer.

Graduates have a wide range of employment opportunities and can work in both the private and public sectors for employers such as building proprietors, contractors, developers, government bodies and consultancy practices or be self-employed entrepreneurs. As key professionals in the construction industry, graduates work closely with other professional disciplines, industry groups and development authorities.

The languages and cultures studies enhances career options, making students more marketable to prospective employers.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Identify ethical issues and apply informed ethical judgements in professional Contexts.
A.2 Work effectively in multidisciplinary and culturally diverse contexts.
A.3 Understand Indigenous perspectives and apply legal frameworks relating to land use and ownership.
C.1 Apply a variety of communication skills and technologies in professional contexts.
C.2 Work effectively in project teams in professional contexts.
I.1 Ability to provide and utilise innovative and creative solutions to industry/project issues and problems.
I.2 Adaptability to changing processes, developments, methodologies and technologies in built environment contexts.
LC.1.1 Employ effective intercultural strategies to operate within professional settings.
LC.2.1 Conduct independent research into contemporary societies and cultures.
LC.2.2 Evaluate research findings and creatively use research methods for international and intercultural studies.
LC.3.1 Reflect on and use knowledge of contemporary societies to engage with diverse cultures.
LC.3.2 Communicate effectively for everyday and/or professional purposes in an additional language.
LC.4.1 Value Indigenous knowledges and sovereignty in Australian and international contexts.
LC.5.1 Develop capacity to engage ethically with current issues in Australian and international settings.
LC.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken English.
P.1 Operate effectively within the social, legal and technical framework of the design and construction process.
P.2 Apply the body of knowledge underpinning construction project management practice.
P.3 Effectively manage the interface between design and construction processes for projects.
P.4 Independent development of competence with new technologies.
P.5 Develop strategic advice for clients on the costs and benefits of various courses of action involving construction projects and financing options.
P.6 Identify efficiencies in the sustainable deployment and management of resources.
P.7 Analyse and advise on alternative design solutions to promote the achievement of value on projects.
P.8 Advise on appropriate procurement options and effectively manage contracts.
P.9 Contribute to the effective acquisition and management of assets throughout their life cycle.
P.10 Demonstrate an understanding of construction technology and structural principles.
R.1 Source evaluate and use information to approach new projects/problems.
R.2 Critically analyse, structure and report the results of a research project.


LC = Languages and Cultures course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

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 duration is six years of full-time study. The contact hours allocated to each subject are nominal and often involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and self-directed teaching methods.

Course structure

Students must complete 288 credit points, comprising 192 credit points in construction project management and 96 credit points in international studies. The construction project management component comprises 28 6-credit-point core subjects and four 6-credit-point electives. Electives can be chosen either from within UTS: Design, Architecture and Building or from the many electives offered by course areas throughout the university. Students undertaking four elective subjects (24 credit points) within a common area are eligible for a sub-major. Sub-majors are offered in various areas, depending. Work experience comprises an important component of the course. The Bachelor of Languages and Cultures is not offered as a separate degree, but is completed only in combination with the professional degree program.

Industrial training/professional practice

In the Bachelor of Construction Project Management, the value of hands-on experience is recognised and part-time work in the industry is encouraged; all students are required to accumulate relevant industry experience prior to graduating. The course provides part-time and flexible study options to enable students to gain this valuable industry experience during their studies.

Course completion requirements

CBK91972 Language Major Choice 96cp
CBK90242 Sub-major/Electives (DAB) 24cp
STM90373 Core subjects (Construction) 168cp
Total 288cp

Course program

The example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session with the Germany major as the chosen language and culture major. Other countries may be chosen from the list of majors; the program has the same structure but with subjects specific to the chosen country major.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
16313 Construction Industry Economics   6cp
16109 Construction Technology 1   6cp
16468 Introduction to the Built Environment   6cp
16467 Built Environment Law and Ethics   6cp
Spring session
16103 Materials Science   6cp
16137 Digital Built Environment   6cp
16266 Sustainable Urban Design and Development   6cp
16265 Construction Technology 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
16206 Structures   6cp
16912 Construction Project Management Principles   6cp
Spring session
16314 Construction Technology 3   6cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
16105 Cost Management 1: Measurement   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
16138 Site Establishment and Management   6cp
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
16212 Digital Design and Construction 1   6cp
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
16913 Time Management   6cp
16471 Integrated Services   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
99218 Intercultural Communication   8cp
CBK91976 Elective   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91975 Language Choice 16cp  
Spring session
992219 Languages and Cultures Capstone Project   16cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91975 Language Choice 16cp  
Year 5
Autumn session
16263 Design Team Management   6cp
16203 Cost Management 2: Estimating   6cp
16317 Risk and Safety Management   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
16207 Cost Management 3: Cost Planning   6cp
16422 Construction Technology 4   6cp
16423 Procurement and Contract Management   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 6
Autumn session
16264 Property Accounting and Financial Management   6cp
16412 Cost Management 4: Advanced Cost Management   6cp
16470 Digital Design and Construction 2   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
16307 Project Management Integration   6cp
16469 Professional Practice   6cp
16914 Corporate Social Responsibility and People Management   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Construction Project Management may be awarded with first class or second class honours based on the student's academic performance over the entirety of their studies. The class of honours is determined by academic merit.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI); Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS); Australian Institute of Building (AIB).

The course is also recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building
UTS: International Studies