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January, April, July, September

3 year(s) full-time


Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

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Degree overview

  • Develop a career in the construction industry focusing on residential and low-rise buildings.

  • Go on to pursue your career goals in quantity surveying, building surveying or construction management.

  • Study a degree developed in consultation with industry accrediting bodies, including:

    • Australian Institute of Building (AIB)

    • Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS)

    • Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)

    • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

  • Learn from experienced academics with strong industry connections.

  • UniSA was rated five-Stars in Built Environment in the 2017 QS Stars ranking.



Study On Demand – a 100% online construction management degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

This degree is your gateway to career opportunities in the low rise residential and light commercial buildings sector of the construction industry.

Modern construction is a complex, highly organised commercial industry. It involves large capital investments, sophisticated construction techniques, highly skilled labour and real-time project information systems.

As a graduate, you’ll be able to apply your technical and practical knowledge in a range of situations, effectively analyse problems, and work collaboratively with allied disciplines like architects, designers and engineers.

With rapid advancements in digital technology, construction professionals need to stay abreast of new developments and innovations – you will learn the same software used by professionals in the industry, allowing you to hit the ground running when you graduate.

This degree has been designed in consultation with our industry partners, so you can be confident that what you're learning is relevant, up-to-date and in demand by employers. If you successfully complete this degree, you can enter directly into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics (Honours) degree.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

As a construction professional, you’ll use your technical and practical knowledge to analyse problems concisely, meet administrative requirements, and understand the ideas and skills of allied disciplines.

Your studies will begin with introductory courses to give you a solid grounding in important areas including: 

  • construction management and materials
  • economics and law for construction professionals

You’ll then move into intermediate and advanced studies, developing your technical, analytical and practical skills in areas such as:

  • scheduling and estimating
  • contract administration
  • building and quantity surveying
  • sustainable construction and construction environmental science

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.



All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports

Degree structure

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

First year
UO Construction Communication (BUIL 1025) , Note(s): 1
UO Construction 1 (CIVE 1005)
UO Structures 1 (CIVE 1007)
Second year
UO Construction 2 (CIVE 2014)
UO Structures 2 (CIVE 2016)
UO Building Services (CIVE 2013)
Third year
UO Project Appraisal (BUIL 3025)
UO Fire Engineering (BUIL 4031)
UO Building Surveying (CIVE 3015)

Study Construction Management on Demand

John Gelder, Program Director and Kerry Johnson, Online Educational Designer: UniSA Online give an insight into what the Construction Management degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

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Why Bachelor of Construction Management

Why this Degree

Predicted to be one of the strongest growth areas of employment over the next five years1, there is no better time for people looking to start or advance their career in the building and construction industry.

In this degree, you'll develop strong technical skills like drafting and interpreting drawings and blueprints, developing technical specifications, reading and analysing schematics, estimating and scheduling projects, as well as handling contract compliance issues. Graduates come out with a well-rounded understanding of the entire project lifecycle. You'll understand the different stages, processes involved, information required, as well as the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders. You'll also develop highly sought after digital skills to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools such as Autodesk Revit.

UniSA is ranked in the World Top 100 for Built Environment2. Our academics work with some of Australia’s largest organisations, so you’ll be learning from experienced professionals working in the field. We've developed this degree in consultation with industry accrediting bodies, including:

  • Australian Institute of Building (AIB)
  • Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS)
  • Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

1Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Office of the Chief Economist, Australian Industry Report 2016. 2QS Subject rankings 2017.

Your career


Construction professionals are commonly employed by large construction firms and smaller building subcontractors – they can work on a range of buildings including residential houses, apartment complexes, offices, shopping centres, public buildings, hospitals and schools. There are also opportunities to work on heavy industrial or civil construction sites, road, tunnel and shaft excavations, demolition sites, and local government works.

A UniSA Online Construction Management degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Construction manager:
     oversee and allocate resources for construction projects; work with architects and engineers to check plans and blueprints; manage timetables; determine material and labour costs, and liaise with and hire subcontractors and workers.

  • Project manager:
    coordinate and plan projects from beginning to end; prepare budgets and cost estimates; create schedules; respond to issues and delays; collaborate with architects and engineers; communicate with clients about progress; and ensure safety regulations and codes are met.

  • Construction supervisor:
    oversee all construction activities that take place on a worksite, and supervise contractors and staff while maintaining a safe and secure work environment by adhering to, and enforcing safety codes.

  • Estimator:
     compile cost estimates based on variables such as labour, materials and equipment; work out project costs and create budgets, and analyse different quotes from sub-contractors and suppliers.

  • Construction planner: develop plans on construction projects so the project is completed safely, on time and within budget; work with managers and engineers to discuss progress and address issues that arise, and organise the stages of construction development.

  • Quantity surveyor:
     manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from initial calculations to final figures; seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, and achieve required standards and quality.

  • Building surveyor:
     ensure buildings are safe to occupy, energy efficient, accessible and meet all legal requirements as a statutory responsibility; assess, certify and inspect building works; work in design, fire safety, energy efficiency and access solutions; and support the legal process as educators and expert witnesses.

Learn more about your career in Construction Management >

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Four start dates in January, April, July and September
  • Learn in 10-week blocks
  • 24/7 access to learning resources
  • Online student support services seven days a week
  • All content available from the start of your course
  • Flexible around your life
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • Online credit check

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

Our graduates get jobs

You will be studying with a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career, or take it to the next level. In fact, UniSA undergraduates studying online have graduate employment rates well above the national average1.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

 1UniSA External UG full-time employment rate 83%
Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018

Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online tutor support seven days a week

Our tutors provide highly personalised support tailored to your needs. Along with guidance on assignments, they’ll provide advice on writing and referencing. If you have a question related to your course, you can expect to receive a response within 24 hours. Tutors are available seven days a week, including weeknights.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment is a one-stop-shop for all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

Student services

What others are saying

I’ve been interested in construction management my entire life. As a child, I would spend countless hours building complex Lego models. And as I got older, I transferred this interest into city planning games and designing homes in CAD.

When I complete my degree with UniSA Online, my goal is to build on my experience and eventually manage large-scale construction projects.

Danica Nowakowski

Bachelor of Construction Management

Role: UniSA Online student


Danica Nowakowski

Bachelor of Construction Management

Role: UniSA Online student

Industry facts


Employment in construction in Australia is expected to grow by 8.3% between 2016 and 2020.1

12016 Industry Employment Projections, Australian Government Department of Employment


Employment in construction has increased by 69,400 (7.1%) over the past three years, against the backdrop of a strong rise in residential building construction and historically low interest rates, both of which are likely to continue to support growth in the industry.1

12016 Industry Employment Projections, Australian Government Department of Employment


The construction industry is the fourth largest employer (8 per cent) and is the largest user of the recruitment industry (21 per cent).1

1The Australian Recruitment Industry 2016, Australian Government Department of Employment

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java, and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

Online Course Facilitator

In addition to qualifications and practical experience as a Consultant Engineer, I have also worked at UniSA as a tutor, lecturer and course coordinator for the past five years, including teaching in the online space. I look forward to bringing a new level to the delivery of course content and helping remote students engage in the Degree.

John Hicks

Online Course Facilitator

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Portrait image for John Hicks

John Hicks

Online Course Facilitator


How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Check your eligibility

    Take our eligibility checker and answer a few short questions to see if you’re eligible. You’ll be given an option to continue your application, save it for later or request a call back from a Degree Adviser if you have any questions.

  2. Gather your relevant documents

    If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

    In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

    Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to log in to your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents

    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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