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Start Date
January, April, June, September

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
Online

Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

Program Code
XHCM

Study as
Full-time or part-time

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Degree overview

  • Be prepared for future leadership roles in the building and construction industry and graduate with a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree.
  • Choose to specialise in construction project management, quantity surveying, or building surveying in your final year.
  • Study a degree developed in collaboration with industry bodies such as the Australian Institute of Building, Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
  • Learn complex fields such as building technology, operations and safety, sustainable construction, and fire engineering.
  • Develop your knowledge in contract administration, development regulation, and project appraisal.
  • Learn from experienced academics with strong industry connections.

Snapshot

Snapshot

This four-year professional degree will prepare you for future leadership and managerial roles in the building and construction industry. You’ll be able to pursue your career interests and specialise in one of three high-growth areas in construction project management, quantity surveying, or building surveying in your final year.

Throughout your studies, you’ll develop a well-rounded understanding of the entire project lifecycle. You’ll explore modern project management techniques, develop skills to assess building compliance, and gain financial acumen to manage construction businesses in a commercial environment.

The technical and practical skills gained throughout your degree will prepare you for a range of roles required in large-scale commercial, infrastructure and residential projects.

As a student, you’ll be introduced to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and modern construction techniques. You’ll also learn to use software that construction and building professionals use on a regular basis including Autodesk Revit, MS Project, Cost X, Navisworks 2016 and Synchro Pro. If you’re already working in the industry, you’ll have the opportunity to immediately apply what you’ve learned in the workplace.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

With a focus on real-world learning, you’ll learn to work with designs, read drawings, use industry-standard technology, navigate plans, and gain a holistic understanding of the entire project lifecycle as well as the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders.  

You’ll explore diverse areas such as construction technology, construction science, building services, contract administration, construction health and safety, building surveying and construction economics.

As a graduate, you’ll come out with project management skills with the ability to plan and schedule construction operations using flowcharts, network analysis, Gantt charts, Critical Path Method and precedence diagrams.

The first three years of this degree mirror UniSA Online’s Bachelor of Construction Management degree. In your fourth year, you’ll have a choice of specialist electives in the areas of construction project management, quantity surveying and building surveying. You’ll have the opportunity to a undertake a research project, which will allow you to gain a deeper insight and further develop your knowledge and skills in your area of interest. As part of your research project, you’ll be paired with an experienced academic or an industry professional who are experts in their particular field.

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.

Assessment

Assessment

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
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UO Construction Communication (BUIL 1025) , Note(s): 1
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UO Construction 1 (CIVE 1005)
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UO Structures 1 (CIVE 1007)
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Second year
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UO Construction 2 (CIVE 2014)
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UO Structures 2 (CIVE 2016)
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UO Building Services (CIVE 2013)
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Third year
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UO Project Appraisal (BUIL 3025)
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UO Fire Engineering (BUIL 4031)
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UO Building Surveying (CIVE 3015)
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Fourth year
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UO Integrated Project (BUIL 4035)
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Elective
, Rule(s): 2
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Elective
, Rule(s): 2
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Elective
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Elective
, Rule(s): 2

Why Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)

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.

Professionals with high-level qualifications are highly valued in the industry and allow you to differentiate yourself in the industry. A university degree signals to employers that you have the necessary knowledge, competencies and skills to manage complex construction projects.

 

This degree allows graduates from the three-year Construction Management degree to easily transition into further study. This degree has been developed in collaboration with leading industry professional bodies including:

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

As a student, you’ll join a university that’s ranked in the World Top 100 for Built Environment. Our academics and researchers work with some of Australia’s largest organisations, so you’ll be learning from experienced professionals working in the field. We collaborate with international organisations such as International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and several national cooperative research centres including the Barbara Hardy Institute and the Natural and Built Environments Research Centre – so you’ll be learning the latest research and developments in the industry.

With extensive industry connections and partnerships in Australia and around the world, you’ll learn the most cutting-edge developments and innovations in the field – and as a graduate, you’ll come out with the skills that employers are telling us they need.

1Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Office of the Chief Economist, Australian Industry Report 2016.

Your career

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With more than one million employees working across 330,000 construction businesses, the construction industry is the third largest in the country, making up 9% of Australia’s total workforce1. And these numbers will only continue to rise, with a further 100,000 jobs predicted by 2022.2

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, as well as local government works.

1 Ai Group, Australia's Construction Industry: Profile and Outlook July 2015.

2 StartupAUS, Digital Foundations: How technology is transforming Australia’s construction sector.

Careers to consider:

  • Construction manager:
    oversee and allocate resources for construction projects; work with architects and engineers to check plans and blueprints; manage schedules; determine material and labour costs, and liaise with and hire subcontractors and workers.
  • 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.
  • 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 regarding the progress of a project; 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; organise the stages of construction development; work with managers and engineers to discuss progress and address issues that arise.
  • Contract administrator:
    develop scope of work and contract documents for execution; administer contracts; assess progress claims and subcontractor payments; prepare variations; manage contract risks to meet company obligations and achieve the planned outcomes of a contract.

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.

  • Study 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Choose from four start dates in January, April, June and September
  • Learn in 10-week blocks
  • Get support seven days a week - including on weeknights
  • Access learning resources 24/7
  • View course content before your term starts
  • Work while you study
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • Fast-track your studies and receive credit for past study and/or work experience.

Why UniSA Online?

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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 academic support seven days a week

You’ll be supported by our highly experienced academic team of Online Course Facilitators and Online Tutors. Our academics will guide you through your learning and ensure you have an outstanding, high-quality education.

They can help you with your course materials and assessments, provide feedback on your work, assist you with referencing as well as answer any other course-specific queries. You’ll be able to contact your academics via email, online discussion forums and live messages in the online learning environment.You can also communicate in real-time and chat face-to-face with your academics online.

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.

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Industry facts

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The Australian construction sector is the largest non-services sector of the Australian economy.1

1(StartupAUS, Digital Foundations: How technology is transforming Australia’s construction sector)

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Construction employs 1.1 million Australians, with a further 100,000 jobs predicted by 2022.1

1(StartupAUS, Digital Foundations: How technology is transforming Australia’s construction sector)

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70% of the buildings and infrastructure that will be used in 2050 in Australia have not been built yet.1

1www.csiro.au/nationaloutlook

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Environmentally sustainable buildings produce 62% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and 66% less electricity than average Australian buildings and recycle 96% of their construction and demolition waste.1

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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 Lynda.com - 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.

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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