Course Title: Introduction to Construction Processes

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Construction Processes

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Rita Zhang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3906

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.56

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on the process of procuring a building or structure, and you will examine the process of construction in its historical, economic and practice based contexts.
Specifically, this course will develop your knowledge of:

  • the construction process and how this relates to construction management and the construction industry
  • the stages involved in the procurement of a building: from client conception, through design, construction, operation and demolition/re-use.

In this course you will also examine the different forms of communication that take place between the parties involved in the procurement process, including contracts, specifications and drawings. Topics studied include:

  • History of procurement: the changing roles of the Architect, Engineer, construction professionals and trades
  • Stages in the procurement process
  • Teams and procurement routes required to deliver projects
  • Communication between teams on a construction project, including different methods of communication such as contracts, specifications and drawings

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The specific program learning outcomes you will develop in this course are:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex construction management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the construction process and understanding of its relation to construction management
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of how buildings and structures are produced
  • Identify and describe the roles undertaken by parties who engage in the procurement process
  • Analyse and describe procurement routes for different buildings and structures.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts in the course will be explained and illustrated through interactive workshops that focus on case studies of buildings around Melbourne and the World. Workshops will be a blend of interactive instruction, group work and presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. All necessary resources for the course will be available online through Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

The learning outcomes detailed above will be assessed in this course. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 
Your ability to critically evaluate knowledge of the procurement process will be developed by researching and analysing diverse resources such as media and case studies. These resources will provide different insights into construction management and procurement process. Assessments may include,, but are not limited to, individual and group assignments, case studies, individual and group reports and examination. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
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