Course Title: Engineering Practice 5 Construction Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Practice 5 Construction Management

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Offsh1 12,
Offsh1 14,
Offsh1 15

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Kevin Zhang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3824

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.06

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to core concepts, skills and tools for the planning, implementation and management of engineering projects. The learning approach will involve a combination of conceptual framework (theory) and practical exercises using project scenarios.

Emphasis is on the fundamental tools for defining the scope of the project and breaking its content down into definable and manageable tasks. These tasks and the output from these processes are used to: 

  • schedule and resource the tasks 
  • estimate the cost 
  • produce the requisite contract documentation

Identification of risks relevant to project performance is also considered.

WAM statement:

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

The WAM web page link:;ID=eyj5c0mo77631

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours):

1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.4. Professional use and management of information.

3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.

3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Discriminate general management from project management, identify and elaborate fundamental principles and processes of project management and explain the concept of the project life cycle and its phases for a given project.

2. Develop a work breakdown structure, identify resources and describe requisite tender and project organisation for a typical construction project.

3. Compare and contrast the most common types of organisation used for project management, taking into account the interests of the various stakeholders.

4. Discuss the basic principles of project control and select relevant tools such as  network analysis, CPM programming, cost control and resource optimisation and management to develop full project documentation for an engineering project.

5. Explain the concept of risk management and select basic tools for risk identification, risk assessment and development of a risk management plan.

6. Identify the basic principles of engineering contracts, how they are formed and typical characteristics of contract documentation and the tendering process.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, class discussions, group activities, self-directed learning, Blackboard

Total study hours: You will undertake the equivalent of four hours per week in face to face learning and teaching activities including lectures and tutorials. In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of five hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Weekly lecture and tutorial notes, recommended reading, reference lists, library, Blackboard.

RMIT Library Subject Guide: 

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1:  Major Project Stage 1

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,3,5, 6

Assessment Task 2:  Lab Test

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2,4

Assessment Task 3: Major Project Stage 2

Weighting 23%

This assessment task supports CLO 2,4,5

Assessment Task 4: Oral Presentation

Weighting 7%

This assessment task supports CLO 2,4,5

Assessment 5: Final Exam

Weighting 45% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1,3,4,5,6