Course Title: Industrial Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industrial Environment

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


Singapore Inst of Management


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Offsh1 14,
Offsh3 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh3 16,
Offsh1 17


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Offsh3 15,
Offsh3 16

Course Coordinator: Sarah Holdsworth & Ron Wakefield

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2230

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course BUIL1256 Construction, Planning & Design 2 before you commence this course.

Course Description

The course prepares you for work in the construction industry. You will explore current trends in the construction industry across three domains: State, Federal and Regional/Global. The objectives of this course are to: develop your knowledge of the complexity of the construction industry, and how its various groups protect and influence it; develop your ability to analyse and discuss current economic, environmental, political and social issues across the state, federal and international contexts; and develop an appreciation of interest groups, institutions, professions, political parties, unions, business and industries, and how these work, and are understood, within the construction industry.

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
  • Critically examine and reflect on the profession, in local and/or global contexts, and question accepted interpretations and decision making

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
1. Analyse contemporary construction industry concepts and trends
2. Identify and communicate the implications of contemporary industry concepts and trends for various levels of operation within the construction industry, both local and international
3. Analyse and reflect on the debate on contemporary issues: the reasons for trends and projections, and their various value positions
4. Construct solutions to specified construction planning problems using negotiation skills, interpersonal skills, policy and regulatory frameworks including OH&S;
5. Develop and apply independent research and critical-analysis skills to address contemporary and relevant issues within the construction industry

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be able to engage in a variety of lectures and smaller classes. Learning activities in this course will include class discussions, case study analysis, problem based exercises and team work activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

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. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include class activities, tests, exams, case analysis, essays or reports.
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 ( summaries your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66yS7rc