Course Title: Construction Planning and Design 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Construction Planning and Design 1

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Tom Simko

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3647

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.60

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses Introduction to Construction Processes and Structures and Materials 1 before you commence this course.

Course Description

This course will integrate your knowledge and understanding of fundamentals of construction technology and processes. Specifically, this course emphasises the role of materials, methods, techniques and sequencing in the construction of buildings. Through your critical engagement in case studies you will consider the environmental impact of construction processes. Your developed knowledge of construction processes will include understanding the role of planning, scheduling and estimating in the effective management of construction resources.
Topics studied include:
• Construction technology
• Construction processes
• Site planning
• Production planning
• Estimating

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex construction management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse construction management stakeholders
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
  • Utilise appropriate methods and techniques to design and /or execute research based or professionally focused construction management projects, demonstrating capacity for independent and collaborative learning, addressing real world industry issues
  • Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Estimate and plan the construction of a building
• Describe the processes and technologies of construction
• Utilise production planning methods using project documentation
• Discuss how building systems are constructed, interface with and impact on the environment

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be developed in this course through a range of learning activities which will include workshops/tutorials and a site visit.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The learning resources for this course consists of prescribed reading material, which includes case studies and project documents. Please refer to Part B of the Course Guide for details.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Your understanding of construction will be further developed through class activities and individual and group assignments which will include a focus on case studies of current and past projects.
The assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to short essays, reports, individual and group assignments, class tests, and exams. 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.
An assessment charter ( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: