Course Title: Integrated Construction Value Chains

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrated Construction Value Chains

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Constr & Proj Mgt


Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Professor Kerry London

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2813

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will enable you to develop your advanced knowledge of a range of key economic, social, managerial, technological, informational and environmental issues in the construction industry that require an integrated chain approach. In particular you will explore industrial organisation economics, institutional analysis, organisational theory and political economy as interpretive frameworks for supply chain conceptualisation. This will enable you to critique and challenge current policy, process or practice and with creativity, identify and recommend solutions based upon an integrated supply chain approach.
Your learning in this course will enable you to develop the professional skills in the analysis and design of policies, processes and practices to support an integrated supply chain approach to project delivery in the construction industry. You will also be introduced to construction supply chain theory and innovative professional practice case studies which will underpin the development of your knowledge and skills in analysing, designing and evaluating strategies aimed at integrating construction supply chains. You will be introduced to the various levels at which you can theorise, conduct research and change professional practice using the construction supply chain approach. You will develop analytical skills to support the planning and execution of a research project within this field as well as an action based industry investigation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Source and analyse secondary data, either published case studies and/or database, to enable critique related to construction supply chain principles, using appropriate tools and techniques
• Independently and creatively critique and conceptualise the needs of a construction organisation and/or project towards productivity and/or innovation improvements and relate to supply chain theory and principles
• Apply an integrated supply chain approach using theory, principles, concepts and modelling systems to describe, represent and/or analyse various levels of supply chains
• Creatively integrate theory and practice to propose independently novel and leading edge integrated supply chain solutions to construction scenarios
• Apply expert judgement and autonomy to interpret, recommend and professionally communicate useful interpretive frameworks to enhance project life-cycle integration and improve productivity and/or innovation in real-world construction scenarios to specialist and non-specialist audiences at various levels within organisations

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will involve you undertaking lectorials, seminars, workshops and private study. This course is offered in face to face mode. You will attend Intensive Workshops and be engaged in interactive activities and group and class discussions. Learning activities are centred on your reading and understanding key theoretical principles based upon relevant set literature identified in the course guide in part B. You will also be required to source additional literature to extend your independent problem solving capacity.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will be required to purchase or access library copies of the course text.
The courses will be undertaken using reading resources identified for the course that are all available electronically from the library or from the required text book. You will also be required to source scholarly materials from the library electronically.
You will also be directed to notes and readings from MYRMIT

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.
Assessment in this course may include, but is not limited to, individual assignments. Feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks. Feedback will be formative as well as summative and may be provided in various ways including individual and group consultations.
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.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document which can be found here.